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Summer months see increase in lifeboat callouts
12:23pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
LIFEBOATS were called out across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 219 times over the busy summer season, figures out today show.
The figures released by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for June, July and August were up slightly on last year.
Calshot was the third busiest coastal lifeboat station in the organisation during the summer – with 46 launches, up six since last year.
The average number of launches across the country is 42.
RNLI bosses said the small increase could be due to the unpredictable weather in the summer months.
The figures show that during the summer lifeboats from Hampshire launched 142 times, up 14 launches from the same period last year.
The launches from Lymington were down from 24 last year to just 17 this year.
Meanwhile on the Isle of Wight volunteer crewmembers from Bembridge, Cowes and Yarmouth had a total of 77 lifeboat launches – a difference of only three launches from the same period last year.
Among the incidents the crew were called out to were helping the captain of an oil tanker who had broken his ankle, a capsized kayak, a dinghy with a hole in it and various people in distress at sea.