More shouts in 2015 for lifeboats

Montrose Lifeboat Arbroath Lifeboat Arbroath Inshore Lifeboat
Montrose Lifeboat Arbroath Lifeboat Arbroath Inshore Lifeboat

Lifeboats at the three Angus stations were called out 34 more times last year than the one before, an increase of 26 per cent.

Figures released by the RNLI show vessels in Arbroath, Broughty Ferry and Montrose were launched 163 times in 2015, rescuing 49 lives, whereas in 2014 there were 129 shouts, with 48 people rescued.

The busiest station in Scotland last year was Broughty Ferry with 92 shouts - 42 were for the all-weather lifeboat and 50 for the inshore vessel. There were 42 launches in the dark. The lifeboats saved three lives and rescued 16 people, three in the all-weather and 13 in the inshore craft. Two were under 18 years of age while the remainder were older.

In Arbroath, the boats were called out 57 times, 25 of which were in the dark. There were 24 shouts for the all-weather vessel and 33 for the inshore one. The crew rescued 23 people, of whom just one was under the age of 18. Of that number, 10 were with the all-weather lifeboat and 13 by using the inshore craft.They saved one life.

The Montrose lifeboats were only called out 14 times in 2015, eight times with the all-weather vessel and six using the inshore craft. Out of the 14 calls, eight were in the dark. The Montrose crew rescued 10 people over the age of 18, all of whom were recovered by the all-weather vessel.

Crews at the three Angus lifeboat stations spent 1351 hours on call-outs last year - that’s 56 days or 14 weeks.

In 2015, only one launch in the county, from Arbroath, was in a wind force over seven.

Over the last five years, the number of shouts for the lifeboats in Angus had increased year upon year until 2014 when it dropped to 129 from 167 in 2013.

Michael Avril, RNLI community incident reduction manager in central Scotland, said: “Our volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards have again worked exceptionally hard serving our local communities. We continue to urge those working on or enjoying our coastline and inland areas to respect the water.

“Inland, floods caused heartache for many at the end of 2015 and we ask those faced with floods to be aware. We understand that things can go wrong from time to time, so some preventative maintenance and annual checks prior to the boating season should allow for worry free sea time.”