The MCA are currently running a consultation re the HMCG RIBS currently stationed at Torpoint, Cornwall and Hope Cove in Devon. The suspicion is that this is the precursor to getting rid of these valuable resources.
You may recall some publicity in the press a while back when the crew at Hope Cove disregarded an MCA instruction not to use their RIB owing to a Health & Safety concern in respect of the vessel to go out and rescue persons in difficulties nearby. Their actions whilst widely supported by the local population came in for critism from the MCA.
There is also a petition on the 10 Downing St web site to save the RIBS.
There will be a Public Consultation meeting hosted by the MCA to discuss the proposed withdrawal of the Rescue Boat on Monday 8th March 1930hrs at the Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth.
If you believe like I do that this important public service resource should be retained then please add your views to the consultation. There is an e-mail link on the consultation letter (see first link). Consider signing the petition and if you can attend the meeting in Plymouth if you're nearby. Perhaps even add your views to the thread.
Am I involved with the MCA or C.G. No I'm not despite my user name. But I do frequent the areas they cover both professionally and for liesure. Do we need them? My experience is that we undoubtedly do.