A friend of mine has asked that I inform you all and kindly request your support in retaining the Rescue Diver Service recently removed from operational duties by the Royal Navy.
As I'm sure you will agree:
This is a service that all of us can ill afford to lose.
Please help retain the service by signing the petition and/or writing to your local MP.
The petition can be found at:
The Royal Navy have recently removed the specially trained search and rescue divers from operational duties, putting your life and my life at risk. These highly motivated professional people have been part of the search and rescue team for more than forty-five years but in March of this year their duties were suspended indefinitely. The Navy has not publicly announced a reason for their decision which may directly impact on the local fishermen, marine users and thousands of tourists who visit the Devon and Cornwall coasts every year.
Royal navy divers are exceptional people, their intensive training allows them to extend the operational capabilities of the search and rescue team by some considerable margin. They can be deployed immediately as soon as the aircraft is on scene allowing them to exit with full diving gear from heights of up to forty feet, delivering aid to a casualty in a matter of seconds rather than minutes. Time that is invaluable for the successful resuscitation of marine accident victims. Their equipment allows them to dive up to and beyond 30 meters, reaching people trapped in overturned vessels and bringing relief to victims trapped in air pockets after a ship has fully submerged. The Royal Navy search and rescue crews operate up to a 200 Nautical mile range from RNAS Culdrose and provide hope for those in difficulties. Their capabilities in rescue are inexhaustible as is their motivation and selflessness.