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Old 08 June 2003, 02:37   #1
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This makes interesting reading. I'd like to know if the crew turned up on dry land. If they did and did not inform the CG, should they pay the bill?

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Old 08 June 2003, 02:49   #2
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Pay the Coastguard

No they should not have to pay any money at all. Also they have not yet been located safe and well, or otherwise.

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If they are found to have arrived safely and have not notified the CG to that affect then they should be billed.

Lets just hope they are found alive and well.
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Pay the Coastguard

Maybe we should start chargeing for all the weather info we give out, and for logging passage plans. After all if you don't sink it is a waste of time.

Would you be so willing to call the coastguard if you thought you may have to pay.
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Couldn't agree with you more GC - charging would put more lives at risk.

However, just think of the money you folks could make from all those radio checks (especially in the Solent) - you could almost become self-financing

Perhaps a small donation from the miscreants to the "Retired Coastguard's Benevolent Fund" should be suggested

Keep up the good work.

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Hi folks

This is one I can relate to, I dont agree people should be charged for any of the services provided.

However if they did arrive safe & sound but did not inform people they need a dam good talking to about being common curtiousy and THEIR responcibilities to the others and the possible implications if their actions.

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Well said, and I am sure the coastguard will give them a SEVERE talking to.
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This is one I can relate to, I dont agree people should be charged for any of the services provided.

However if they did arrive safe & sound but did not inform people they need a dam good talking to about being common curtiousy and THEIR responcibilities to the others and the possible implications if their actions.

Regards Gary
This is exactly the point. People should not be charged for the use of the emergency services, as said it would put lives at risk.

But if they have arrived safely and not informed anyone they have wasted a large amount of the rescues services time and money. Why shouldn’t the CG/RNLI etc be able to recoup money from people who abuse the services?

It’s about the same mentality as making a prank 999 call.
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perhaps they should have their licence endorsed!

Couldn't agree more about needing to have free emergency services.
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Spoke to Marco - skipper of the Salcombe lifeboat at lunchtime and still no news on the missing boat.

I agree - no charges - this would put lives at risk!
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