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Rescue Services: Hope Cove

Transport written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether the Hope Cove lifeboat crew was consulted on its new equipment before that equipment was issued.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

In line with standard Maritime and Coastguard Agency procedures, the Hope Cove General Purpose Boat Crew members were not consulted prior to their personal protective equipment being replaced.

To reflect the operating restrictions placed on the boat, helmets were changed to offer additional head protection in a "man overboard" situation and lifejackets were changed to those of an approved standard suitable for use on general purpose boats.

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