Dutch lifeboats save over 3000 lives in 2010
Dutch lifeboats saved 3288 lives last year. Lifeboats were launched 1852 times, usually to rescue people practicing watersports. Engine failure and navigation errors were the main reason behind SOS calls.
According to the Royal Dutch Lifeboat Association’s KNRM annual report, 2010 was a stormy year. Lifeboats were launched 160 times to rescue people in peril in force seven winds. Most of the rescues took place in August. The busiest day of the year was 15 August, when lifeboats went to sea 47 times in strong northerly winds. Nevertheless, lifeboats were called out fewer times last year than in previous years.
There are 42 lifeboat stations dotted along the Dutch coast and on large inland lakes. In its report, the association stresses the importance of volunteers in the 24-hour rescue service. It welcomes 2011 as the European Year of the Volunteer. The lifeboat service is financed by donations.
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