Portishead RNLI sees increase in call outs

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 April 2018

Portishead RNLI rescued 60 people last year.

Portishead RNLI rescued 60 people last year.

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Portishead RNLI rescued 60 people in 2016, figures have revealed.

The crew launched 50 times throughout the year and spent 246 hours at sea.

Bob Crane, lifeboat operations manager, paid tribute to the ‘generous’ support of local people which enables the RNLI to provide its life-saving service.

He said: “After 20 years of experience one can never really be certain why figures vary from one year to the next, except that there will be more call- outs in the summer than in the winter.

“We try to get over the philosophy of ‘better to call us out early before circumstances get more life-threatening’.

“We really do not mind being stood down as not now required.

“No call-out is considered a waste of time, that isn’t how we think or work.

“A huge thank you to the generosity of local people who make it all possible.

“Without them lives would undoubtedly be lost and family lives shattered.”

The figures represent a big increase on 2015 when the crew was called out just 19 times.

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