More than 100 rescued at sea this summer

EAST Anglian lifeboat crews were launched nearly 300 times over the summer months and rescued more than 140 people, latest figures show.According to the RNLI there were a total of 29 launches in Suffolk during June, July and August of this year, while in north Essex there were 98.

EAST Anglian lifeboat crews were launched nearly 300 times over the summer months and rescued more than 140 people, latest figures show.

According to the RNLI there were a total of 29 launches in Suffolk during June, July and August of this year, while in north Essex there were 98.

Of these Harwich was the busiest with 46, followed by Clacton-on-Sea with 22, West Mersea with 19 and then Aldeburgh with 14.

Crews in Lowestoft were called out 12 times, at Frinton and Walton 11 times and in Southwold three times.

Martyn Smith, RNLI divisional inspector, said: “East Anglian lifeboat crews were called to some severe incidents this year.

“When there is a long period of wet weather it means on the odd sunny day people try to make the most of the weather and perhaps therefore take more risks.

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“Leisure activities along the coast are on the rise meaning there is a need for increased safety precautions to be taken.

“It is thanks to the ongoing professionalism of our crews and the levels of training they receive that more tragic incidents have been prevented.”

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