Record rescues by Scottish lifeboats

Scotland’s lifeboat crews rescued a record number of people in 2014, according to new figures from the RNLI.
The volunteers went to the aid of almost 1,175 people last year, compared with 1,008 the previous year.
Crews from the 47 stations across Scotland were called out 1,004 times, up from 995 in 2013. Broughty Ferry was the busiest, called out 74 times, followed by Oban at 68 and Queensferry at 67.
Scottish crews saved 51 people’s lives across the year, including nine on one day at neighbouring lifeboat stations in July. This was up from 29 in 2013.
The RNLI’s Michael Avril said: ‘The very nature of the sea means it is unpredictable and can catch out even the most competent water users.
‘But it’s not just people who set out to use the water who end up in it – walkers can get caught out too as conditions can change very quickly or a trip could mean they end up in the water.
‘We would urge people to respect the water, and never underestimate the power and strength of the sea.
‘Always check tide times before taking to the water. Avoid areas where you could get swept off your feet in stormy weather and, if you’re visiting the coast, be sure to visit a lifeguarded beach during the summer months.’
Scotland’s RNLI stations and the number of times they were called out:
Aberdeen 35
Aith 12
Anstruther 21
Arbroath 29
Arran (Lamlash) 13
Barra Island 12
Broughty Ferry 74
Buckie 28
Campbeltown 10
Dunbar 31
Eyemouth 18
Fraserburgh 16
Girvan 8
Helensburgh 38
Invergordon 13
Islay 18
Kessock 15
Kinghorn 39
Kippford 6
Kirkcudbright 7
Kirkwall 17
Kyle of Lochalsh 22
Largs 25
Lerwick 14
Leverburgh 14
Loch Ness 17
Lochinver 12
Longhope 4
Macduff 6
Mallaig 37
Montrose 26
North Berwick 8
Oban 68
Peterhead 15
Portpatrick 14
Portree 18
Queensferry 67
St Abbs 16
Stonehaven 8
Stornoway 13
Stranraer 13
Stromness 15
Thurso 14
Tighnabruaich 10
Tobermory 27
Troon 46
Wick 15