SELSEY lifeboat volunteers rescued 52 people last year and saved at least two lives.
The two paid and 22 volunteer crew members were sent out on 40 missions with the assistance of other shore helpers.
Two of the people saved were officially classed as ‘lives saved’ - a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) criteria which only counts cases where it is judged that without the intervention of the RNLI, a person would have most definitely died.
Collectively, crew from the eight lifeboat stations across Sussex launched on 442 rescue missions last year, to attend incidents including; commercial vessels in trouble, distressed fishermen, swimmers, and leisure marine users.
Overall the crew rescued 453 people - nine incidents were classed as ‘lives saved’.
Allen Head, divisional operations manager for the RNLI, said: “Yet again our volunteers have had a very busy 12 months. 2014 was the warmest year on record for the UK, but conversely the winter storms of January and February brought damaging winds and inland and coastal flooding.
“The former may well have enticed more people on to our beaches and into the water, while the latter no doubt made conditions worse for anyone on or near the sea.
“We are hugely grateful to everyone who supports in whatever way they can.”