Photograph: RNLI/Nathan Williams
Sunderland’s lifeboat crew answered more calls than any other station in the North East and North West.
According to the annual figures of RNLI which have been released today, two of the city life boats received 89 call outs in 2013 and rescued 84 people in the process.
The statistics from the Met Office showed that in 2013 the North East saw the coldest spring since 1962 and the windiest December since 1993. The RNLI lifeboat station in Sunderland covers both the river and the coast.
Crew members of the RNLI had to battle against strong weather conditions in order to rescue those in need. The crews in the North of England spent a total of 5959 hours at sea on service and 22,209 hours on exercise.
Alison Levett, the RNLI public relations manager said: “In 2013, more than 100 people returned home safely thanks to the RNLI lifeboat crews in the North Of England.