RNLI crews in Galloway rescued 52 people in 2014

The John Buchanan Barr Lifeboat in Portpatrick
The John Buchanan Barr Lifeboat in Portpatrick

Fifty two people were rescued by volunteer RNLI crews in Galloway in 2014, latest figures have shown.

Of those, only three were under the age of 18 and most were sailors on private pleasure boats or fishermen.

The figures also show that Galloway’s crews amassed 2814 hours of training and service.

Portpatrick saw the busiest year in the south west with 14 launches, resulting in the rescue of 16 people.

Stranraer follows closely behind with 13 launches rescuing 19 people.

Kirkcudbright comes in with just seven launches but having rescued 12 people and the Kippford crew set sail six times to bring home five people safely.

Across Scotland, the numbers show a record number of rescues by the volunteers crews in the country’s 47 Lifeboat stations.

The RNLI says that 1,175 people were rescued in 2014, compared with 1,008 the previous year. In recent years the number of rescuees has varied from 847 in 2011 to last year’s record figure.

The total number of incidents (known as shouts) was 1,004, a slight rise from 995 recorded in 2013.

Michael Avril, the RNLI’s Community Incident Reduction Manager in Scotland, said: “The very nature of the sea means it is unpredictable and can catch out even the most competent water users.

“We would urge people to respect the water, and never underestimate the power and strength of the sea.”