TORBAY’S RNLI lifeboat was one of the busiest in the South West this summer, new figures reveal.
The prolonged sunny spell was the reason for a high number of incidents across the South West with more people flocking to the seaside.
Torbay RNLI team was in the top six in the region for the number of call-outs.
Provisional statistics from the charity for the period June, July and August show lifeboat launchings in Devon were up by 30 on last year.
Torbay, Plymouth, Appledore, Ilfracombe, and Exmouth featured in the top six busiest lifeboat stations in the region.
The Torbay lifeboat was launched 33 times this summer - up from 30 last year.
In Salcombe it was launched 18 times (up two) and in Teignmouth also 18 times (down six).
The Dart lifeboat launched 16 times (up from nine) and Exmouth 33 times (up from 30).
There were 248 lifeboat launches in Devon compared to 218 in 2012.
RNLI lifeguards dealt with 10,615 incidents across the South West, including water based rescues, major and minor first aids and missing children.
Andy Hurley, RNLI regional operations manager, says: “People flocked to the South West when it became evident the weather had taken a turn for the better.
“The warm temperatures and sunshine attracted huge numbers of people to the region’s most popular beaches, which explains why our lifeguard teams were kept so busy. Interestingly, the weather was very calm during this period with little surf or wind and this may explain the slight drop in business for our volunteer lifeboat crews.”
In June RNLI lifeguards in the South Hams rescued a windsurfer who was washed into a small inaccessible cove after being caught out by difficult conditions.