Cowes Lifeboat Station

NATIONAL: Our busiest Summer for 24 years

Summer 2013 will certainly be one to remember

Who can forget July’s endless heatwave. It was the warmest, driest and sunniest Summer in 7 years according to the Met Office.

When Andy Murray won Wimbledon, ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s singles champion.

And the day the future king, Prince George, was born, now third in line to the throne.

But for some it will be remembered as the Summer we saved their life.

This year our lifesavers experienced their busiest Summer in 24 years.
While thousands flocked to the beaches and coasts around the UK and Ireland, our lifeboat crews and lifeguards were out helping those in trouble.

From 1 June–31 August, our lifeboats launched a total of 4,300 times – the most since 1989.
And our brave volunteer lifeboat crews were involved in a number of dramatic rescues. Including:

the rescue of 30 people from the sinking tall ship Astrid off the south coast of County Cork

the rescue of 14 people following the Super Puma helicopter crash in the North Sea.

Our lifeguards attended 14,814 incidents. In Cornwall, Mawgan Porth Beach lifeguards were kept busy looking after 1,500 people during the August bank holiday. Including the rescue of one man who really thought he wasn’t going to make it after becoming caught in a rip current.
And it wasn’t only people who got into trouble. Davina the dolphin, Luca the dog and ferrets Tootsie and Lucky were among the animals that needed our help this Summer.

Your lifesaving support

All of this has been possible thanks to the commitment and courage of our lifesavers.
But of course none of this would be possible without your support. So thank you to all our dedicated fundraisers and supporters.

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