Coastguard rescuers on the Fylde coast have their busiest year on record

Three Coastguard volunteer rescue teams, as well as three RNLI lifeboat stations, also manned by volunteers, work tirelessly to keep us safe
Three Coastguard volunteer rescue teams, as well as three RNLI lifeboat stations, also manned by volunteers, work tirelessly to keep us safe

It has been a busy year already for the heroes who volunteer their time and dedicate their lives so they can help others.

The Gazette looked at the reasons behind the surge - and the type of people needed to keep our coasts safe.