This update seems to be putting a somewhat different light on the situation :
Paul Waugh a volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer, resigned during an interview on 9 January with BBC Radio Tees. The interview related to a rescue in which he was involved in Jan 07.
It is simply not true that Mr Waugh has personally been the subject of an investigation over this incident. We have not taken any action against Mr Waugh nor do we plan to. We do not know why Mr Waugh has decided to use local radio to tell us he is leaving the Coastguard Rescue Service. We have had no formal confirmation from him.
The MCA ask volunteers to take a commonsense view of the risks involved, and to ensure that whatever action they take does not put anyone in further danger. The MCA are proud of the Coastguard Rescue Service’s safety record and will seek to maintain the safety of volunteers, and minimise risk in difficult situations.
Looks a bit more like a case of throwing toys out of pram for getting a bollocking from the Sector Manager. It's also worth noting that from his insignia, he appears to have been the deputy station officer and therefore should have been setting a good example to others.
We all get bollockings we don't feel we deserve - but not all of us run onto local radio to discredit the service we work for.