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Lifeboat call-outs generally down

Southend was the busiest lifeboat station in Britain last year with 137 callouts for its hovercraft and two inshore lifeboats.

Figures from the RNLI show crews in Norfolk launched 130 times whilst lifeguards helped 704 beachgoers in 2012.

In Suffolk the RNLI stations bucked the national downward trend with a 50% increase in shouts.