Queensferry lifeboat in at the deep end

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LIFEBOAT crews at Queensferry are the busiest in Scotland, according to new figures.

Volunteers there launched 21 times over the three months from the start of June until the end of August.

Across Scotland, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) dealt with 417 call-outs over the period, up four per cent on last year.

The charity said it was a busy summer for its crews, with sunny weather on the west coast meaning a rise in activity.

Paul Jennings, RNLI divisional inspector for Scotland, said: “Once again our volunteer lifeboat crews in Scotland have shown that they are committed and courageous individuals, on standby to save lives at sea come rain or shine.

“Behind the crews are a huge team of volunteers, the station management volunteers, shore helpers and fundraisers, to whom we owe our thanks.”