03-01-11 Save Stornoway Coastguard
[Stornoway COastguard Helicopter G-SARC landing at Kinlochbervie]Last month the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) published plans to substantially reduce the number of coastguard rescue co-ordination stations around the British Isles.

The proposal involves reducing the number of stations from the current 19 which are manned on a 24 hour basis to just 9, of which only 4 will be 24-hour and only one will be in Scotland - at Aberdeen.

The remaining five stations will operate during daytime only and, again, only one of them will be in Scotland - the suggestion being at either Stornoway or Shetland.

Our nearest station is Stornoway and they have asked for all our help in fighting this plan and retaining a 24 hour station there.

They've setup a website to publicise their fight at a http://www.stornowaycg.co.uk where you will also find links to the MCA consulation document and on-line petition.
The government has already announced plans to do away with the Coastguard rescue tugs currently stationed around the coast of Britain, citing cost savings and that commercial tugs can provide the same level of service. That remains to be seen.

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