RNLI Lifeguards operate from mobile patrols and beach stations, backed by RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats, RN and RAF SAR helicopters, and Coastguard vessels and helicopters
Claims by the MCA for lives saved by one of their rescue boats has caused great concern because the real figure is less than ten percent of the claimed figure. It raises the question of why a British Government Agency should be making such inflated claims. It would be easy to believe that this is just one of a series of attempts by Blair Brown Regime functionaries to launch claims to show that the Great Leader is infallable and the Great Depression he has had such a hand in creating doesnt really exist.
Britain’s splendid voluntary life saving service the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is justifiably outraged by a blantant piece of Government propaganda that is also an implied slur on their fine service, volunteers and supporters.
The RNLI comments:
Author: Claire-marie Harris
Reference: HQ 009
The RNLI has followed reporting on the future of the Hope Cove Coastguard general-purpose boat with growing unease at the extraordinary claims being made about the number of lives the boat is claimed to have saved since 2000. Indeed, if these claims are to be believed then the RNLI is failing in its fundamental duty to provide lifeboat cover for the whole of the British Isles and therefore the figures must be challenged.
Despite the publication of official rescue figures by the MCA annually and more recently clear statistics confirming that only 21 persons have been rescued by the Hope Cove boat since 2000, the figure most often reported is still an incredible 213 lives saved.
RNLI Operations Director, Michael Vlasto says: ‘To put this figure of 213 lives saved in context, it is worth comparing it with the total lives saved by the ten RNLI lifeboats deployed at our six lifeboat stations between Plymouth and Exmouth in the same period – which only comes to a total of 161. So a part-time general-purpose boat has apparently saved 62 lives more than the combined RNLI lifeboat assets in South Devon that are on call 24 hours a day, all year round? Not only is this notion absurd it is insulting to our lifeboat crews.
‘While we appreciate the emotion and the complex issues involved in this dispute, the RNLI is focussed on one task – that of saving lives at sea and to this end we firmly believe that the Hope Cove issue is one of beach safety in the summer season. We are more than willing to engage with the local authorities and landowners to implement an RNLI lifeguard solution to be in place at Hope Cove this summer. This will provide an appropriate, assured level of safety and an excellent public amenity for a popular tourist destination.’
In this way RNLI lifeguards, in conjunction with RNLI lifeboats from Salcombe and other trained Search and Rescue assets including Coastguard Rescue Teams and HM Coastguard and Royal Navy helicopters, would provide Hope Cove with a level of safety comparable with any other beach in South Devon.