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Coastguard given a parking ticket after woman's death

Coastguard given a parking ticket after woman's death

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:29am 17th March 2019. (Updated at 10:11am 17th March 2019)

Stock image: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

It has emerged one of the Coastguards called to help search the river bank in Truro after a woman's death was given a parking ticket.

Crews were scrambled to Garras Wharf on Friday morning, after the casualty was discovered unresponsive.

She was rushed to hospital after paramedics carried out CPR but, tragically, could not be saved.

Commenting on Facebook, a passerby reported seeing a parking ticket on a vehicle with "Coastguard Rescue" in the window.

Crews responded to confirm a team member had received a ticket, adding that they would be contacting the local authority.

"It was one of our guys that got a ticket while we were completing a part of the search area.

"We'll be in touch with the local authority to resolve the issue.

"Unfortunately, since parking has become a civil matter, police aren't involved and civil enforcement officers don't have contact with other services".

Coastguard Steve Davey

Cornwall Council's Civil Parking Enforcement Procedures, which were published in 2018, state that:

"Non-Liveried Vehicles, such as private vehicles being used by any Council department, RNLI, Coastguard and Cliff Rescue Members, are wherever possible expected to park legally in accordance with local restrictions.

"Should a PCN be issued it will be cancelled only upon evidence of the emergency being provided or in line with any agreed protocol".

Pirate FM has contacted Cornwall Council for a statement and we are waiting for a response.

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