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 Marine and Coastguard Agency would continue to task the Hope Cove lifeboat in circumstances in which it were privately run; and if he will take steps to ensure that the Hope Cove lifeboat is back in service by 1 March 2010.

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

From the matrix of assets that are fit for purpose and available, Her Majesty's Coastguard will task the most appropriate declared search and rescue resource to deal with the given circumstances of a maritime incident. It is the view of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) that the resources available for search and rescue in the southern part of the South West Peninsula are sufficient to address the known maritime risks for that location, without the need for an additional boat at Hope Cove, whether or not that they were privately run. However, this is the subject of a consultation exercise at this time and no decisions about the future of the general purpose boat at Hope Cove will be taken until the consultation period is complete.

In the interim, the existing Coastguard General Purpose boat based at Hope Cove, which is not a primary search and rescue asset, will be available within the terms of its restricted operation, imposed to protect its crew, from the beginning of April.

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