No rest for RNLI lifeboat lifesavers

Queensferry  RNLI
Queensferry RNLI

Queensferry RNLI has proved to be one of the busiest lifeboat stations in Scotland once again.

A record number of people were rescued in 2014 by RNLI volunteer crews and the Queensferry lifeboat was the third busiest.

The local lifeboat, which has around 20 volunteer members, was called out on 67 occasions and its crews saved three lives and rescued a total of 161 people.

The crew spent a total of 748 hours at sea on shouts and training exercises.

Topping this year’s chart in Scotland was Broughty Ferry which had 74 launches, rescuing 18 people, with Oban, runner-up with 68 launches and 120 rescues.

The highest incidence of callouts made by the local crew was to Cramond Island to rescue daytrippers caught out by the tides. Eleven people were rescued this week alone.

Mike Garfitt, helmsman at Queensferry RNLI, said: “It’s been another busy year for our dedicated volunteer crew who are on call 24 hours a day, every week of the year.

“They give up their time at a moment’s notice to go to sea to help those in need.”

And Mike added: “Even on Christmas Day in 2014 our crew left their families to respond to three shouts.

“It’s thanks to the public who support and donate to the RNLI which allows the charity to continue its life saving work.”