GRAVESEND lifeboat station was one of the busiest  in the region, with the crew setting off 99 times and rescuing 58 people.

Figures released today reveal the extraordinary pressures the charity’s volunteers face every day.

Statistics from the RNLI show Eastbourne was the busiest in the Kent and Sussex region, followed by Gravesend and Sheerness.

Crews from the 17 stations  across the Kent and Sussex region rescued a total of 860 people. They gave first aid treatment to 47 people in total, and saved the lives of 27 patients.

Regional operations manager for the RNLI Peter Dawes said: “Of course, none of this would be possible without the huge commitment of the volunteers who crew our lifeboats, and of the extended family of supporters who facilitate that.

“From spouses and children, right through to considerate employers who allow their staff to leave at a moment’s notice to launch lifeboats, they all deserve a huge thank you from the RNLI.”