Great Yarmouth coastguard station prepares for closure

Great Yarmouth coastguard control station at Havenbridge House will close on May 1, 2013. Photo: Andy Darnell

Great Yarmouth coastguard control centre is to close tomorrow, spelling defeat for campaigners who fought to save it.

Bosses have given assurances that there will be no reduction in front line rescue resources, which remain unchanged by the 'modernisation' of HM Coastguard.

The availability of coastguard rescue teams, lifeboats, rescue helicopters and other rescue facilities in the area will be 'wholly unaffected'.

Closure of Yarmouth's Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) will see full operational responsibility transferred to Humber MRCC.

The MRCC at Walton-on-the-Naze, known as Thames Coastguard, will act in support of Humber MRCC.

Chief coastguard Peter Dymond said: 'Safety is our top priority and I am confident that the same high quality search and rescue service will be maintained throughout.

'There will be no reduction in front line rescue resources.

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'The availability of lifeboats, rescue helicopters, coastguard rescue teams and other rescue facilities in the area will be unaffected.

'I am very grateful to the staff at Yarmouth coastguard, who have served this region and the local communities here with great dedication and professionalism over many years.

'I am delighted that several of them are planning to stay with HM Coastguard in new roles, in different locations around the UK.'

For more on this story, see tomorrow's Eastern Daily Press.

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