Originally Posted by John Kennett
That's interesting. I wasn't aware that the RNLI were legally obliged to provide any cover at all.
Can you tell me a bit more?
I've got a couple of books I'll look through at home.
Its obliged to provide cover upto 50 miles offshore in 2 hrs, hence the ALBs do 25kts.
The Government would usually provide this cover and did start to fund the RNLI partially years ago on the condition that the RNLI ran it themselves.
The Goverment started to meddle with things so the RNLI said they didn't want the funding and would run it themselves which they have ever since.
Even without the Inde stations the RNLI coverage would be sufficent.
I've just emailed the RNLI to see if they are still legally obliged to. I'm sure they are but will post they responce when I get one.
Will also dig the books out I've got on the subject.