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Gravesend RNLI station one of the busiest in south-east England

PUBLISHED: 12:35 28 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:01 28 January 2014

The Atlantic 85, Olive Laura Deare II, came on station in 2008 and is currently the duty boat.

The Atlantic 85, Olive Laura Deare II, came on station in 2008 and is currently the duty boat.

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Fifty-eight people were rescued by Gravesend RNLI station last year making it one of the busiest in the south-east region, according to new figures.

Crews from 17 stations assisted 860 people across Kent and Sussex in a year of extreme weather.

Peter Dawes, regional operations manager for the RNLI, said: “Whether it is hot and sunny or windy and rainy, the water always presents a number of risks for visitors to the coast.

“We would always recommend that people take care when going to the coast and follow some simple safety tips: always check tide times before taking to the water, avoid areas where you could get swept off your feet in stormy weather, and if you’re visiting the coast, be sure to visit a lifeguarded beach during the summer months.”

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