WATCH: Record number of lives saved by RNLI last year

Local lifeboat crews had a busy year in 2014, with three RNLI station rescuing 52 people from the seas in 65 separate launches.

Dunbar was the busiest station, with 31 call-outs over the year. The team there put in 1,508 hours of crew hours during 2014.

Scotland's first full time lifeguard service operating in Coldingham Bay. Jamie Lindsay from Hutton.

Scotland's first full time lifeguard service operating in Coldingham Bay. Jamie Lindsay from Hutton.

Eyemouth’s RNLI crew launched 18 times, rescuing 15 people, while St Abbs’ crew was called out 16 times. They rescued 14 members of the public.

The RNLI’s lifeguarded beach at Coldingham also saw plenty of action. There there were 41 different incidents there, with lifeguards helping 49 people.

More than 40% of all shouts in Scotland in 2014 were to pleasure craft.

The number of fishing boats requiring help declined slightly.

Lifeboat stations spent almost 40,000 hours at sea in the year, a combination of attending incidents and carrying out crew training exercises.

Eyemouth’s crew spent 905 hours at sea, while the St Abbs team clocked up another 397 hours.

Overall in 2014 the charity’s lifeboats launched 8,462 times with the volunteer lifeboat crews rescuing 8,727 people, 368 of which were classified as lives saved.

Overall the RNLI lifeguards attended 17,050 incidents. They rescued 1,769 people, 92 of which were described as “lives saved”.

Commenting on the fact that Scotland’s lifeboat crews rescued a record number of people in 2014, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Our lifeboat crews do a great job in some very difficult circumstances. We owe them our heartfelt thanks for their invaluable service to others and for their role in making our seas safer.”