MORE people than ever were rescued by Royal National Lifeboat Institution crews in the north of England last year, with the Blyth lifeboat launched 28 times.
And out of the north’s 33 stations, the 1,270 lifeboat launches was the second highest ever in the charity’s history.
During 2011 the Blyth RNLI boat Jennie B assisted in 28 incidents.
Meanwhile the boat from Newbiggin launched 11 times and was involved in nine assists.
Andy Clift, RNLI divisional inspector north, said: “Last year we saw a 22 per cent increase in people rescued compared to 2010 and a three per cent rise from the previous high.
“In all, 1,237 people were helped in some way by our lifeboat crews in the north of England and I am sure they and their friends and family will join me in thanking our volunteers for the dedication they demonstrate time and time again to saving lives at sea.
“But of course, without the amazing generosity of the people who support our charity, either financially or by giving up their time to help raise funds, the RNLI’s lifeboatmen and women would be unable to carry out their life-saving work.
“We receive less than two per cent of our income from government sources and so depend almost entirely on the generosity of the general public.
“A big thank you must go to all of them for their continued support.”