Figures released today show lifeboat crews across Wales spent 10,993 hours at sea in 2012.
The busiest lifeboat station in Wales in 2012 was Trearddur Bay with 65 launches, compared with 55 in 2011.
The volunteer RNLI crew at Rhyl rescued the most people in Wales (80 people), with the inshore lifeboat rescuing 62 people and the all-weather RNLI lifeboat rescuing 18 people.
The expertise of Welsh crews was also called upon during the June floods in West Wales, as well as around St Asaph in November.
The RNLI crew at Borth spent more time at sea than any other station in North Wales, with a total of 765 hours at sea in 2012. Aberdovey's crew spent 353 hours in action - both stations participating in the search for missing schoolgirl April Jones.