“Today is the final operational day for Brixham Coastguard. Despite assisting in excess of 1400 people and successfully coordinating the rescue of over 300 from life threatening situations this year the Government has allowed the closure of the station to go ahead.
Brixham Coastguard has experienced only very low level of understaffing of around 7% compared to other stations who are not being closed down. Other stations are understaffed by up to 97%.
The closure of Brixham Coastguard is wrong and will be felt acutely by the community it has served so proudly over the years.
The local MPs should have fought longer and harder to save the station instead of believing the spin that’s put out from the MCA about how wonderful the “future Coastguard” will be! The MCA have ZERO evidence to prove their claims yet the Government and MP’s appear happy to turn a blind eye to that fact despite the failure of the MCA to deliver what they promised…..a Coastguard “fit for the 21st century”!
Today we have an opportunity to say thank you for the years of service Brixham Coastguard officers have given to protecting lives around the coast. If you can please be at Brixham Quay today at 4pm.
On behalf of the Coastguard SOS campaign group we wish Brixham officers fair winds and following seas.”
This is the post from Coastguard_SOS today on social media. Paying respect to the great guys and girls at Brixham MRCC, which is being closed down today by the men in grey suits. One of the comments was “Lions led by donkeys” – oh how true that is. If you read the post you will see what a travesty of justice this is – in fact, closing any of them is a downright crime against the people of the United Kingdom. But then, government officials are not reknowned for their sense of duty, sense of ethics, commercial sense and let’s not even go anywhere near integrity! The same applies to the officials at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.
Personally, I’ve been involved with for a while now and it’s because of the integrity and conviction of the wonderful people in the Coastguard_SOS campaign. The guys and girls in the actual Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres – MRCCs – are just totally driven by doing their jobs to the utmost of their abilities with their deep knowledge of what they are doing. Having met quite a few now, there is not one whom I would not trust my life to.
On the other side of the fence are the mealy-mouthed, mawkish meddlers in the Department for Transport and the officials in the MCA, who have lied from the start, gagged the people on the frontline and been particularly threatening, secretive, arrogant and dismissive throughout the whole exercise.
May they never have the misfortune to rely on the untrained newbies at the Call Centre in Hampshire. The local knowledge that has been lost is a total disaster, years of training dismissed. And then, the MCA had the extreme arrogance and effrontery to belittle the local knowledge in favour the the call centre. The knowledge that has saved thousands of lives over the years. How low can they go ??????
The response of the official Twitter account of the MCA to the sadness and loss of the Brixham MRCC is to retweet what is shown here. No respect for their so-called colleagues on the front line. No gratitude for service. No anything really.
Not a surprise to anyone; although being a government agency, you would have thought they had some standards to go by. But what role modelas would they have?
If you look at the Twitter account now – @MCA_media – you’ll see they’ve posted tweets about lifeguards and coastguards with pictures of lego figures – arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Should you wish to read more, have a look at some of the online forums, such as the one on Yatching and Boating World, or read up on the concerns and worries of the Government’s Transport Committee. No heed was taken of any of this.
The sheer frustration of it all just beggars belief.
Written by Lynne Gray