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One Life Saved Every Other Day by Cornish RNLI

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2:12pm 22nd January 2013
(Updated 2:12pm 22nd January 2013)

The RNLI has saved 24 lives in Cornwall, launching lifeboats more than once a day last year.

New rescue statistics seen by Pirate FM reveal rescues have dropped on 2011. That is being put down to the washout summer keeping people off the beaches.

Among the missions crews are being praised for is saving the lives of two children when their mum was swept out to sea near Bude.

Twelve people were also pulled to safety when water rushed through Lostwithiel.

In all lifeboats launched 445 times in 2012, while lifeguards dealt with more than 6000 incidents in the Duchy.

The busiest beach was Perranporth, accounting for one in ten of the total.

Andy Hurley, RNLI Regional Operations Manager, said: "The figures illustrate just how dedicated our volunteer crews and our lifeguards are, giving a huge amount of time to saving lives at sea and I thank them and their families for their continuing commitment. I would also like to thank all those who support our charity because their donations ensure our teams have the best training and equipment. Our fundraising volunteers are as dedicated as always and even now are preparing for the RNLI's annual SOS fundraising day on Friday 25 January.

"Call outs to sailing and power boats with machinery failure are still our core business in the south west, but I'm delighted to say the numbers are down which I hope means our prevention messages are getting through to people before they go onto the water. However we have seen a rise in the number of fishing boats needing our assistance and in rescues of people ashore, that's folk who are perhaps injured, trapped or cut off by the tide around the sea shore and cliffs.

"2012 has once again proved the value of the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews, lifeguards and Flood Rescue Teams. All have maintained their commitment and this has been reflected in particular at Port Isaac where three of the crew of the D class inshore lifeboat have been recognised with RNLI Gallantry Medals that will be presented at the charity's Annual Presentation of Awards in London in May this year."

Picture credit: Simon Culliford

2:12pm 22nd January 2013

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