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Coastguard Cover Decision

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:37pm 22nd November 2011 (Updated 5:16pm 22nd November 2011)

Cornwall keeps its round-the-clock coastguard cover.

The government has confirmed Falmouth will stay open 24 hours a day but lose its international rescue duties; they will be run by a Maritime Operations Centre in Hampshire.

By the end of the 2013/2014 financial year, Brixham will be shut completely.

South-east Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray says that is wrong: "Local coastguards have knowledge of the local topography. But on top of that, we can see the sea change very quickly and weather conditions change quickly and we'll be able to react very quickly if some sort of emergency happens".

Martin Bidmead from the PCS Union in the Duchy warns both bases are vital: "It's not like the seas shut down at five o'clock and you pull the shutters down and everybody goes home. It's quite the opposite. Problems can occur at any time of night or day so, certainly from a local perspective, it is vital that we remain a twenty-four hour station and keep our local knowledge here".

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