AN ANGLESEY lifeboat station was the busiest in Wales, according to official figures.
RNLI rescue statistics released this week reveal that Trearddur Bay’s volunteer crew launched 65 times in and rescued 75 people during 2012.
Despite Met Office reports that 2012 was the second wettest year for the UK since records began, people still flocked to the coast, and the figures show Welsh lifeboat crews spent 10,993 hours at sea.
RNLI regional operations manager for the West Colin Williams said: “While it would be easy to assume the wettest year on record would mean a quieter year for the RNLI, the services of our volunteers have never been more in demand.”
It was a busy year for Anglesey crews with Holyhead’s all-weather lifeboat rescuing 35 people, Moelfre saw a dramatic increase in the number of people rescued, from 22 in 2011 to 43 in 2012.
Colin added: “In fact, nearly half the lifeboat stations in Wales saw an increase in launches, meaning people are still visiting the coast and are venturing into or onto the sea whatever the weather.”
Mr Williams added that last year’s floods meant it was a busy year for the RNLI’s flood rescue teams, with 42 people rescued in St Asaph