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Summer Numbers for Dorset's RNLI

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9:48am 25th September 2013

Better summer weather has lead to more RNLI lifeguard call outs, but fewer involving launching a lifeboat along Dorset's coast.

The total number of incidents went up by 26 per cent but calmer seas meant more were close to the shoreline and not so many needed the all weather lifeboats further out in rougher seas.

In all, there were 2,126 incidents in the the Summer of 2013.

Lifeboat call outs dropped from 146 to 129. Swanage lauched their boat 27 times compared to 30 the previous year. At Lyme Regis it went out only 12 times compared with 19 launches in 2012.

Weymouth bucked the trend...rising from 33 to 41 launches.

RNLI Senior lifeguard manager Steve Instance also told Wessex FM there's to be further investment in lifeboat services in Dorset, including a new, better equipped boat for Swanage.

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