Girvan lifeboat crew save four lives in 2015

The crew from the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Girvan are celebrating another successful year of saving lives at sea.

The team had a particularly taxing end to the year, as they helped rescue teams and the emergency services deal with the recent flooding.

This included rescuing 12 on board a stranded bus just outside Dailly.

The Girvan crew launched their all weather lifeboat 11 times in 2015 and rescued 15 people.

Thanks to their efforts, four lives were saved.

Had the crew not been at the scene, there is a strong likelihood that they would have died as a result of their situation.

Michael Avril, RNLI community incident reduction manager in central Scotland, said: “Our volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards have again worked exceptionally hard serving our local communities.

“We continue to urge those working on, or enjoying, our coastline and inland areas to respect the water.

“Inland, floods caused heartache for many at the end of 2015 and we ask those faced with floods to be aware of the fast flowing flood waters and to keep a safe distance.

“We understand that things can go wrong from time to time, so some preventative maintenance and annual checks prior to the boating season should allow for worry free sea time.”

Across Scotland, other lifeboat stations have also been responsible for saving many lives.

In total there were 1,078 lifeboat launches in 2015, rescuing 1,046 people and saving 29 lives.

Matt Crofts, RNLI Operations, said: “We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their tireless hard work and dedication over the last 12 months, without all of our volunteers, fundraisers and education teams our lifesaving service would not operate.”

The volunteer lifeboat crews carry pagers 24/7, never knowing what may lie ahead when the alarm is raised.

In Scotland in 2015, 209 lifeboat launches were to sailing pleasure craft which made up 19 percent of all launches.