Queensferry RNLI was one of the busiest in 2015

Lifeboat was laucnhed 73 times
Lifeboat was laucnhed 73 times

Around 150 people were rescued by the Queensferry RNLI in 2015, making it the country’s busiest inshore lifeboat.

Figures show the emergency vessel was launched 73 times, a record breaking amount for the charity.

Across Scotland the lifeboats were used over 1000 times and rescued 1046 people, saving almost 30 lives.

Michael Avril, RNLI community incident reduction manager in central Scotland, said: “Our volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards have again worked exceptionally hard serving our local communities.

“We continue to urge those working on or enjoying our coastline and inland areas to respect the water.

“Inland, floods caused heartache for many at the end of 2015 and we ask those faced with floods to be aware of the fast flowing flood waters and to keep a safe distance.

“We understand that things can go wrong from time to time, so some preventative maintenance and annual checks prior to the boating season should allow for worry free sea time.”

Last year the lifeboat charity and its team of volunteers assisted over 26,000 people in the UK and Ireland.

Matt Crofts, RNLI Operations, said: “We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their tireless hard work and dedication over the last 12 months.

“Without all of our volunteers, fundraisers and education teams our lifesaving service would not operate.”