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Busiest Isle of Man lifeboat summer 'for five years'

Sir William Hillary courtesy RNLI
Image caption The RNLI was founded by Sir William Hillary who lived in the Isle of Man

The summer of 2013 was the Isle of Man lifeboat's busiest for five years, new figures from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) show.

The charity said there were 26 launches between June and August this year, double last year's total of 13.

The figures are the highest since 2008 when the Isle of Man lifeboat was called out a total of 36 times.

An RNLI spokesman said, overall, the busiest stations during the 2013 summer months were Douglas, Peel and Ramsey.

Gareth Morrison, RNLI divisional operations manager for the Isle of Man, said the rescue operations were conducted in addition to a busy training schedule.

He added: "The fine weather has seen people flock to the coast, which has meant an increase in call-outs for our volunteers.

"Not only has it been busy at the sharp end, but our crews also spent a very busy summer training to ensure they are well prepared for a variety of rescue scenarios."

The RNLI was founded on the Isle of Man in 1824 and now operates more than 230 lifeboat stations in the British Isles.

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