Friday, 24 October 2008

Busy, busy

Andy asked the question:

How about where we fitted in in the statistics of launches/rescues for the first 6 months of the year compared with other stations around the country?

Well, to quote the RNLI: The statistics show that RNLI lifeboats rescued 630 people in the first six months of 2008, nine more than in the same period of 2007 while RNLI lifeguards went to the aid of 1,906 people, up over 400 from a year earlier. The busiest lifeboat station in the south west was Poole in Dorset and the next five busiest were all lifeboats based in Devon and Cornwall (Exmouth, Plymouth, Falmouth, Torbay and Appledore). In total RNLI lifeboats in the south west launched 675 times from January 1 to June 30 this year, little changed from 655 launches in the same period last year. Thanks Tamsin and Amy for that!

So where did we fit in? Well, this year we were 9th out of 35 stations for the period January to June with 29 launches in total. There were 16 ALB shouts and 13 ILB shouts with a total of 22 people rescued. In the same period in the previous year we were 11th with 25 shouts and again 22 people rescued. So we are busy but much less busy that some!

Slightly random photo of one of our local landmarks...anyone know where it is and anything of its history?


Anonymous said...

Looks like the chapel at St.Aldhelms Head but I don't know its history. I beleive it is still used occasionally.

Will said...

Yes, a bit random but Mike is spot on: St Aldhelm's Chapel on the head just near the Coastguard Station. It is still used. In the summer there is a service on Sunday evenings and an early morning service (6 am) on Good Friday. It is also licenced for Weddings and had a new altar about 3 years ago dedicated by The Archbishop of Canterbury no less. Judith Malins, the vicar at Langton Matravers, can tell you more.

lifeboatjohn said...

Well done Mike...Will, the picture was in fact taken just after the Good Friday service last year. Hence the large rain cloud in the distance!