HARTLEPOOL’S lifeboat crew rescued 89 people last year according to new figures released by the RNLI.
The crew, based in Ferry Road, were launched 52 times to various incidents requiring their assistance.
Crews across the North East were all kept busy during 2013, with a hot summer and then storms in the later part of the year, and Sunderland’s team were the busiest with 89 call-outs.
The new statistics show there were 1,028 rescue launches from the charity’s 33 lifeboat stations in the north of England last year with a total of 1,027 people rescued.
Andrew Ashton, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager in the north of England, said the rescue statistics highlight the vital work carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat men and women.
He said: “In 2013, more than 1,000 people returned home safely thanks to the RNLI’s lifeboat crews in the north of England. Our volunteers save lives day in, day out, whatever the weather and when their pagers go off, they have no idea what might face them out at sea – they could be going to the aid of a drowning child, a person cut off by the tide or a boat owner whose vessel has broken down.
“The range of incidents our crews respond to is reflected in the amount of training they carry out – last year, for every hour they spent at sea on a rescue, they spent another three and a half on a training exercise. This is a mark of their true commitment to their lifesaving role. Without volunteers, the RNLI simply couldn’t continue our vital lifesaving work.”