Sunderland lifeboat crews rescue 67 from Wearside waters

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SUNDERLAND lifeboat crews rescued 67 people last year, according to new figures.

Statistics published today by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution show the charity’s volunteer crews, across 33 stations in the North, rescued 930 people during 1,025 rescue launches in 2014, while RNLI lifeguards dealt with 1,905 incidents and helped 2,360 people.

In Sunderland, there were 54 launches rescuing 67 people.

About a third a rescues were to recreational craft, while one in five were to people ashore. Around 17 per cent of calls were to people in the water and 16 per cent to fishing vessels.

Machinery failure was the most common cause of rescue, accounting for almost a quater of calls, while people in danger of drowning was second at 13 per cent. Seven per cent of people needed rescuing after getting cut off by the tide.

Tony Clare, RNLI Coastal Incident Reduction Manager, said: “The RNLI’s rescue statistics emphasise the need for everyone to follow simple safety advice. Checking a boat’s engine and fuel before setting out to sea could prevent the cause of our most common rescue, machinery failure. Making sure you know the tide times before going for a walk along the coast can be the difference between an enjoyable day out and getting cut off by the tide. Avoid areas where you could get swept off your feet in stormy weather and, if you are visiting the beach in the summer and want to swim, be sure to visit a lifeguarded beach.”