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Old 11 December 2013, 14:52   #11
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As I said, not a rescue boat. Just for two crew to cruise up and down keeping an eye on things.
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As I said, not a rescue boat. Just for two crew to cruise up and down keeping an eye on things.
But isn't that the statutory duty of the Environment Agency and the relevant Police forces?? The EA even has a proper volunteer scheme if you want to do that kind of thing.

Also what about the Maritime Volunteer Service? They are a uniformed service and do similar activities. The London Unit is at HMS President.

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Not a Sib but I've just uploaded a 4.2M Bombard Rib to our website. Worth a look

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Hi Chris, I used to be deputy head of unit for the MVS Upper Thames Unit. I left as I don't believe members should have to pay 120 a year to volunteer, plus they don't really patrol on a Friday/ Saturday night when services are stretched on the tidal Thames.

I believe we assisted you 4 years ago with the great river race. I spoke with Lord West this year at the same event and he seems to like to sound of the Thames Auxiliary Marine Service helping in a force protection role around London. So we need to get crews of two floating in the Thames as economically as possible. Our steering committee has decided upon sibs as mooring fees can be kept down and easy to launch and recover.
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helping in a force protection role around London.
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ifn yew av i mite joyn upp

i mite gett de chanse too shewt sum ribnobburs evun de torl bastud ifn heez abowt.
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Not a rescue service, we are mostly concerning ourselves with what's in the river. Flotsam and Jetsam, retrieving the lifebouys that get thrown in with 30 yards of polypropylene rope still attatched and reporting large trees and calorgas bottles to the harbour master. Just a set of eyes and ears but ready to assist in a maritime emergancy.

You need to get you arse in to gear! There has been loads this year and I have seen the same debris up and down for weeks at a time.
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I know, it's kinda hard to explain to the PLA that they are suffering from intuitionalised incompetence. The PLA have a fleet of boats and keep missing it. That's what we are for to report it via VHF/telephone and written report to the harbour master.

I saw a calor gas bottle floating outside Tower Pier last year, if a clipper hit it, it could of been nasty. Not to speak of the security implications.
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We've just been working on this vessel that's being launched Saturday. It's our only hard hull for the time being. But we still want sibs as well.

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Hang on your supposed to be patrolling dealing with it too? What boats do you work from? I mean the name of the boats.
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We are not fully operational yet. 40 volunteers and two small sibs and the new hard hull. Trainee volunteers are to receive there training in springtime to be fully operational by the summer 2014, as planned.

We're operating on a shoe string budget so things are taking time. We sold our old fairline cabin cruiser as it was unsafe for trainee's to clamber about the boat to get to the bow.
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