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Coastguard Closure Confirmed

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4:52pm 26th September 2013

It is confirmed the coastguard station that keeps south-east Cornwall safe at sea will shut next year.

Brixham covers from Mevagissey up to Topsham in Devon.

The government has revealed it will close in October 2014 as part of nationwide changes.

Falmouth is staying open.

Sir Alan Massey from the MCA insists it will not mean a reduction in rescue services: "They'll be able to look forward to exactly the same rescue assets being used but actually they will have the benefit of a joined up coastguard service that has the whole national picture and can mobilise very quickly whatever support is needed.

"If you had the very unfortunate circumstance of a station being busy with two or three or four incidents simultaneously, and that's not unusual, it would be good now in future to know that other stations can help to take the weight rather than be limited to what one station or perhaps the neighbouring station also can offer."

4:52pm 26th September 2013

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