The RNLI in the north west is preparing for a busy Christmas, after a record number of callouts over the festive period last year. There were eight lifeboat launches between the 11 stations across the region from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. Seven people were assisted, and one life was saved.
The RNLI says the causes of callouts over the festive period have changed over the years. In the early 1980s the most common reason for callouts was to commercial fishing vessels and powered craft. Since 2000, many of those needing help are often just visiting the coast and not out on vessels or watercraft. As well as slips, trips and falls, tidal cut offs are also a contributing factor to RNLI call outs.