A Reminder of the Dangers of the Sea
Everyone who knows me knows how much I love the sea, but even I know how dangerous it can be.
Apparently, Pembrokeshire lifeboats helped 164 people in summer 2020 and saved seven lives.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) says that Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat made 39 launches and the inshore craft 25. Overall, that was 35 people helped and one life saved.
At Angle the all-weather launches helped 66 people on 44 separate shouts, and Fishguard helped a total of 33 people, launching the all-weather craft 25 times.
Fishguard’s lifeboats were launched a total of 25 times, 14 for the all-weather craft and 11 for the inshore. A total of 33 people were helped.
The St Davids all-weather boat launched 13 times with five outings for the inshore boat, aiding 19 people altogether and saving six lives.
Eleven were helped by the inshore boats at Little Haven and Broad Haven, launching 13 times in all.
There is a total of 30 lifeboat stations around the Welsh coast between Flint and Penarth, and the crews launched 918 times, aiding 991 people. They saved 36 lives.
Shockingly, the statistics show that over the whole of Wales in 2020, there was a 70% increase in the need for the service.
The problems included people getting into difficulty by being cut off by the tide (this was double the number in Wales than for the rest of the UK and Ireland), and people slipping and falling so they required assistance – which was also higher than elsewhere.
Wales Lifeguards attended 1,046 incidents and helped 2,673 people, which is a worrying amount of people – particularly as more people are likely to holiday here in 2021 because of Covid, and the RNLI is concerned about the dangers.
The charity is calling for the people of Wales to look at the value its services give and to consider donating or joining one of its fundraising campaigns.
To find out more about giving your support, getting more involved with the charity or how to keep safe on or in the sea, visit the RNLI website. https://rnli.org