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Scottish accent 'most reassuring'

Prime Minister Gordon Brown
The Scottish accent is said to be the most reassuring in an emergency

The Scottish accent has come top in a poll of the most reassuring voices to hear in an emergency.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) asked about 2,000 people around the UK which accent was most soothing in a crisis.

Scots came top, Estuary English came a close second followed by the Irish, Geordie and Welsh accents.

From January to June the RNLI responded to 3,621 SOS calls in the UK and Ireland, saving more than 138 lives.

Robbie Coull, a volunteer lifeboat crew member from Aberdeen, said: "It's good to know that people find the Scottish accent calming during an emergency - especially since I and other RNLI lifeboat crew volunteer to help people out in an emergency at sea.

"However I hope that people find comfort knowing that, no matter what the accent, RNLI lifeboat crews are ready to respond to the call for help from people in trouble out at sea and around the coast."

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