RNLI has busiest summer for 24 years
THEY are the guardians of the sea keeping us safe when we take to the water and this year they have been busier than ever.
The RNLI in Wales has just had its busiest summer in 24 years with provisional figures showing that the charity responded to 946 incidents that saw lifeboats launched 726 times.
Lifeboat stations in the Swansea Bay Region and along the Carmarthenshire coast all reported an increase in calls over last year.
The cause for the extra workload has been put down to the hottest summer for seven years seeing people flock to our coast line.
The RNLI, which relies upon donations and public support to fund itself, issued several calls throughout the summer for boat users to make sure that they were properly prepared before venturing out and for swimmers to make sure that they respected the sea and its dangers.
The official figures for 2013 to date show Port Talbot RNLI responded to 14 calls, Mumbles 36, Horton and Port Eynon 15 and Burry Port 25.
Mumbles Lifeboat’s operations manager, Tim Conway, said: “The more people who visit the beach and walk along the coast the busier the RNLI tends to be.
“This year ourselves and our colleagues in Port Talbot, Horton and Port Eynon and Burry Port were called out more often than we have fro a number of years.
“We were able to cope and respond accordingly and fulfil our role of saving lives at sea.”
Thanking the public for it continued support Mr Conway added: “We are a charity and we rely on fundraising and donations to provide the funds for our volunteers to provide the service of saving lives at sea.
“Hopefully people will continue to support us in the future.”
Port Talbot RNLI station spokesman Mel Cooper said compared to this time last year, the crew had responded to 10 more incidents.