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Hampshire and Isle of Wight lifeboat crews called out 212 times
11:35am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE and the Isle of Wight’s lifeboats were called out 212 times this summer, the RNLI has revealed.
Calshot was the busiest station from the start of June to the end of August with 29 rescues, down from last year’s 51.
However Lymington’s figure went up from 17 in 2012 to 24 in 2013.
One of the most dramatic rescues happened in July when two teenage girls had to be rescued from the water off Lepe Beach.
The pair got into difficulties about 50 yards off shore and several members of the public ran into the water to try to save them before the Calshot lifeboat arrived.
A 13-year-old girl was pulled from the water unconscious and had to be airlifted to hospital.
The overall figure for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight was down from the 238 call-outs over the same period in 2012.
RNLI regional operations manager Andrew Ashton said: “Despite the small decrease in lifeboat activity in Hampshire, overall for the RNLI it has been the busiest summer for 24 years, with a total of 4,300 lifeboat launches.”
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