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39 Owe Lives to RNLI in Cornwall
6:01am 7th February 2012
Thirty-nine people owe their lives to the RNLI in Cornwall in 2011.
That is how many lives were saved in the charity's second busiest year on record.
Teams dealt with almost 9,000 incidents in the Duchy. Part of the rise is being put down to the good weather in April.
The Newquay lifeboat was launched more than a hundred times.
Adrian Carey, RNLI Divisional Inspector said, "The statistics show just how dedicated our lifeboat crew volunteers and our lifeguards are in the region, providing cover in foul weather and fair. For instance, in 2011 the lifeboat crews spent 37,380 hours at sea on rescues and training exercises, that’s a substantial gift of time to the RNLI and that’s as well as wearing their pagers 24/7 in winter and summer. I notice that we had our busiest November in 20 years with 77 lifeboat call outs around the south west. The lifeguard figures prove their value, but on top of this were the many volunteer lifeguards who provided cover throughout the year, more especially in 2011 on Fistral Beach in Newquay for the whole of March and November and at Gwithian and Sennen over the double bank holiday period of the royal wedding."
Lifeguard Rescues in Cornwall in 2011
Bude, six beaches (Black Rock, Crooklets, Northcott, Sandymouth, Summerleaze and Widemouth), 539 incidents, 679 people aided, 3 lives (2010 dealt with 367 incidents, assisted 447 people and saved 2 lives)
Caradon, four beaches (Freathy, Sharrow, Tregantle, Treganhawke) 183 incidents and 310 people aided, saved 1 life (2010 dealt with 210 incidents, assisted 321 people)
Carrick, Seven beaches (Chapel Porth, Gyllynvase, Holywell, Perran Sands, Perranporth, Porthtowan, St Agnes) 2,210 incidents and 2,406 people aided, 16 lives (2010 dealt with 2,074 incidents, assisted 2,362 people and saved 9 lives)
Kerrier, seven beaches (Gunwalloe, Kennack Sands, Poldhu Cove, Polurrian Cove Porthleven, Portreath, Praa Sands), 325 incidents and 346 people aided (2010 dealt with 353 incidents, assisted 382 people and saved 2 lives)
North Cornwall, nine beaches (Booby’s, Constantine, Crackington Haven, Harlyn, Polzeath, Porthcothan, Trebarwith, Trevone, Treyarnon) 893 incidents and 1,057 people aided, 7 lives (2010 dealt with 927 incidents, assisted 1,110 people and saved 3 lives)
Penwith, fifteen beaches (Beach View, Carbis Bay, Godrevy, Gwithian, Gwynver, Hayle Towans, Marazion, Mexico Towans, Peters Point, Porthcurno, Porthkidney, Porthmeor, Porthminster, Sennen, Upton Towans) 1,967 incidents and aided 2,138, 8 lives (2010 dealt with 2,310 incidents, assisted 2,477 people and saved 15 lives)
Restormel, nine beaches (Crantock, Great Western, Mawgan Porth, North Fistral, Porth, South Fistral, Tolcarne, Towan, Watergate Bay), 1,869 incidents and aided 2,007 people, 4 lives (2010 dealt with 1,573 incidents, assisted 1,731 people and saved 8 lives)
Lifeboat Rescues in Cornwall in 2011
Newquay - 102 launches 92 people assisted 586 hours at sea 39 services in the dark
Falmouth - 93 launches (23 ALB and 70 ILB) 85 people assisted 1,942 hours at sea 32 services in dark 2 over force 7
Fowey - 57 launches (31 ALB 26 ILB) 42 people assisted 987 hours at sea 27 services in dark
Penlee - 54 launches (25 ALB 29 ILB) 31 people assisted 894 hours at sea 17 services in dark 1 over force 7
Looe - 40 launches 34 people assisted 546 hours at sea 15 services in dark
St Ives - 30 launches (18 ALB 12 ILB) 24 people assisted 634 hours at sea 7 services in dark
Sennen Cove - 28 launches (18 ALB 10 ILB) 39 people assisted 1,017 hours at sea 10 services in dark
Padstow - 17 launches 22 people assisted 1,342 hours at sea 10 services in the dark
Rock - 13 launches 14 people assisted 294 hours at sea 2 services in the dark
The Lizard - 11 launches 20 people assisted 1,079 hours at sea 7 services in the dark
St Mary's - 11 launches 6 people assisted 440 hours at sea 4 services in the dark
St Agnes - 7 launches No-one assisted 366 hours at sea 4 services in the dark
Port Isaac - 6 launches 14 assisted 215 hours at sea 1 service in the dark
Bude - 5 launches 2 assisted 476 hours at sea 3 services in the dark
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