Originally Posted by Ribochet
Hi I am a numnut with half a brain
Could you tell me how exactly how I am to contact my local RNLI Launch authority to "call a lifeboat" - is that the same as calling a taxi
No. To get a free lift home from the pub you dial 101 round here. It doubles up as the Police Non-Emergency Number...
To get a lifeboat you dial 9-9-9 and ask for the Coastguard... and they do all the other bits for you - contacting the Launch Authority. Its a really good service, and it seems they are quite good at it (they even sometimes do it when there are some sailing dinghies capsized with a club safety boat alongside)...
But you don't need to turn up at the lifeboat station in person or anything... customer service at its best.
"Dial 999 and ask for the coastguard" got a bit of a ring to it hasn't it.. ..I should suggest that to them for their next advertising campaign.
But dont dial 999 for a taxi - you just start the whole 999, 112 debate (
) about which number is better to call and then you get one of those taxis thats like a van with a dog cage in the back and they take you to a pretty poor quality hotel for the night with a bucket in the room instead of a toilet and no satellite TV.
Is that question for real