Broughty Ferry RNLI is Scotland’s busiest lifeboat station once again

Broughty Ferry lifeboat station has been named as the busiest in Scotland for the second year in a row.

The crew dealt with 92 calls in 2016, the same number recorded during the previous year.

However, there was a 45% increase in the number of people needing to be rescued.

On board with the Broughty crew.© DC Thomson
On board with the Broughty crew.

Lifeboat crews were responsible for saving three people’s lives and provided immediate casualty care to four people.

According to stats, the station’s all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth of Glamis was launched 33 times, with the smaller inshore lifeboat called upon 59 times.

As well as being the busiest in Scotland, the Ferry’s RNLI crew were also found to be the eleventh busiest in the UK.

A total of 29 people were rescued over the year, 28 of who were over 18 years old. One person under the age of 18 was also saved.

Of course, not all of the activities are in response to emergencies. One of the highlights of the year in Broughty Ferry was when the crew helped to bring the Oor Lifesaver Oor Wullie Auction Trail statue back to the town.

Will Stephens, the RNLI’s head of lifesaving, said: “Once again we are extremely grateful for the dedication shown by our lifesavers.

“Our volunteer lifeboat crews spent over 228,869 hours at sea last year, but we really do see our rescue service as a last resort.”

For more see Thursday’s Courier