04 JAN 2011

Brixham Coastguard

I met with the team at Brixham Coastguard following the news that the centre has been earmarked for closure during the consultation on the future of the Coastguard. Brixham is an important Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, I believe the station to be very valued and I am concerned that the proposals will lead to an over reliance on IT. Local knowledge is very important for our leisure craft, inshore fisherman and water related tourism, so if anyone knows of an instance where local knowledge has been central in a rescue, please do contact me. Individual responses are a great help in a campaign, so if you have signed the petition, please do write to myself and the Minister, Mike Penning as well.

Picture courtesy of the Herald Express

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