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39 Owe Lives to RNLI in Cornwall

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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

6:01am 7th February 2012

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