More than 1,200 rescued by RNLI last year, latest figures show

One of the lifeboats based at Porthcawl. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/PA Images

More than 1,200 people were rescued around Wales last year, according to the latest figures released by the RNLI.

The figures reveal there were 1,100 lifeboat launches across 30 lifeboat stations in 2018.

The busiest station in Wales was Porthcawl with 112 launches.

The crew - which is made up entirely of volunteers - also rescued more people than any other station across Wales - 144 people in total.

It was also a busy year for lifeboat launches at Burry Port where with 69 launches and 70 people rescued.

Llandudno lifeboats also experienced a busy year in terms of the number of casualties brought safely ashore, with figures showing a total of 96 people helped.

The RNLI is launching its Mayday campaign hoping to raise £700,000 to fund the kit volunteer crews rely on, like lifejackets, helmets and yellow wellies.