ALMOST 200 people have been rescued by the efforts of the RNLI in our area, it was announced today.
New figures showed that stations at Portsmouth, Hayling Island, and Selsey were kept very busy in 2012.
Portsmouth’s lifeboats launched 105 times and saved 104 people, while Hayling Island launched 85 times and saved 60 people.
Selsey RNLI launched 27 times and rescued 26 people.
The statistics show that Portsmouth and Hayling Island sit within the busiest 33 stations in the country, which has 236 stations.
The figures show that Portsmouth crews spent a total of 590 hours on service at sea.
Andrew Ashton, regional operations manager, said: ‘2012 was yet another busy year for our lifeboats and we’re grateful to everyone who contributes and donates to the RNLI.’