No other coastal station in the RNLI in the UK and Ireland saved more lives than Weston-super-Mare. Official RNLI statistics from the charity show they launched 48 times and saved 13 lives.
The RNLI has published it statistics for lifeboat activity in 2015. The charity’s lifeboats launched 8,228 times and rescued 7,973 of which 348 were lives saved. Lives saved are defined as immediate risks to life, ie if the lifeboat hadn’t arrived on scene the person would not have survived.
Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station was the RNLI’s busiest coastal station, launching 142 times and assisting 120 people saving 9 lives.
The peculiar environment of the Bristol Channel with its second highest range of tide in the world and fierce raging currents means anyone getting into difficulties at sea there is at major risk. Thus the lifeboat stations here are very busy and lives are easily put in jeopardy.
Weston-super-Mare was the busiest station on the Somerset Coast of the Bristol Channel. It launched 48 times, rescuing 29 people. As well, 13 people are still alive today who would not have been but for the actions of the Weston crew.
Weston-super-Mare RNLI is operating from a temporary container while it waits for a brand new station to be built. As Weston itself is one of the busiest seaside towns in the UK it is perhaps not surprising how many people get into trouble in the Weston area.
Charlotte Conroy, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Weston-super-Mare said; ‘What is remarkable is that my crew saved so many lives despite working in difficult conditions in our temporary station. I am very proud of them. We would wish that more people paid attention to the warning notices along the sea front so they could enjoy the sea safely’