1. ITV Report

RNLI callout figures revealed

Figures have been released which show Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers in the north of England launched more than 400 times this summer.

The figures for Southern Scotland have increased since last year but are still in the low single figures.

Summer 2012 was reportedly wettest for 100 years and this is thought to have had an impact on the number of RNLI lifeboat launches. In the North of England callouts were down 29%.

RNLI Divisional Inspector, North, Andy Clift said:

"Our lifeboat volunteers tend to be busiest when the sun is shining and people are flocking to the coast. This summer, there weren’t many days like that and we think that is the reason for the fall in lifeboat launches from 525 in 2011 to 407 this summer.

"RNLI crews were on call 24/7 throughout the summer season. Many rescues were carried out in bad weather or challenging conditions and once again, our charity owes a huge debt of thanks to our volunteers for giving up time with their families or at work to help save lives at sea."

– Andy Clift

These are the figures for Southern Scotland:

Kippoford: 5 callouts in 2012 (0 in 2011)

Kircudbright: 6 callouts in 2012 (2 in 2011)

Portpatrick: 5 callouts in 2012 (4 in 2011)

Stranraer: 4 callouts in 2012 (2 in 2011)

These are the figures for Cumbria:

Barrow: 7 callouts in 20012 (13 in 2011)

St Bees: 5 callouts in 2012 (7 in 2011)

Workington: 6 in 2012 (7 in 2011)

Silloth: 4 in 2012 (5 in 2011)