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Old 14 July 2011, 08:37   #1
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Old 14 July 2011, 09:58   #2
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They want to close PORTLAND and BRIXHAM??!! Are they cracked or not quite right in the head?There's going to be no local knowledge all the way from Christchurch to Fowey. It's a recipe for a disaster.
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They want to close PORTLAND and BRIXHAM??!! Are they cracked or not quite right in the head?There's going to be no local knowledge all the way from Christchurch to Fowey. It's a recipe for a disaster.
Speaking of madness, Stornoway and Shetland Coastguard stations have been saved (in addition to Aberdeen), however talk now turns to the emergency Coastguard tugs at Stornoway and Shetland. I find it incredible that they're looking for savings here too. Everyone knows that a tanker with engine problems in the Minch is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. In these hard-pressed economic times all shipping companies will be looking at efficiency drives, and if that means taking a short-cut... you can bet they'll do it.
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Are they cracked or not quite right in the head
BOTH!! they proved that with all the bollocks about stations closing at night. After 26 years as a rescue team member the hairy jobs were nearly always at night. Thats the time when it helps to be talking to someone who has an idea of what you're working in and who you probably know personally.
Save Belfast-fine but political to keep a station over there.
Close Liverpool and then Clyde the next one up-what a fine idea
All that lovely Irish sea with loadsa windfarms and a rather large holiday resort (ideal for lots of drinking and then walking along a wave swept promenade afterwards- a few folk might get washed in there), strong tides and shallow rapidly fooding and drying areas- (ideal for cockling so they say!) losing its two mainland flank rescue centres.
Keep Holyhead- the architect purpose designed pretty station where the light fittings used to swing around in the draught and the watch officers sat there in sleeping bags in winter cos the windows couldn't cope with strong winds (or so it was when I used to run instructor courses in holyhead docks and approaches and used to go for a chat with the full timers there). Ah yes also the place with the nice plants in a lovely foyer that they weren't allowed to water cos the govt paid someone on a contract to come in and do that!
Swansea going? a bit busier down there with commercial stuff I would have thought.
I'm far too busy, in fact run off m'feet, to be involved in going out on those banks in the early hours these days looking for missing folk or grounded boats so I've resigned. Nowt to do with the risks involved with cut backs of course.
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I'll take m'tablets now and I'll soon calm down but the lunatics will still be in charge of the asylum!
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