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Southend lifeboat is the busiest in the country
1:57pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in News
SOUTHEND has been named the busiest coastal station in the UK and Ireland.
Southend's lifeboat was launched 71 times between 1 June and August 31 - an increase of 40 per cent compared to 2011.
The RNLI said despite the wet weather, the East bucked the national decrease.
The charity said across the UK and Ireland, launches were down slightly from 3,633 in 2011 to 3,575 in the summer.
A spokeswoman said there was "nothing conclusive" as to why the figures in the East were higher, but said the service was busiest during the hot weekend of August 18 and 19.