Decision could cost lives on North Devon coast, say campaigners
BEACH lovers and water users in North Devon are being urged to sign a petition calling for Swansea Coastguard station to be saved from the axe.
As part of a review announced by the Government, the station is due to close in 2015 and campaigners fear lives could be put at risk across the entire Bristol Channel.
An official â€˜Save Swansea Coastguardâ€™ petition has been set up. People can sign it by going online at www.saveswanseacoastguard.co.uk.
Campaign co-ordinator Mike Dubens said: â€œIf Swansea Coastguard were to close, the repercussions would be devastating, and not only for Swansea as the station covers the whole of the Bristol Channel.
â€œThis decision made by the Government is ill-judged and may even put peopleâ€™s lives at risk. The facts speak for themselves as Swansea Coastguard saw to more than 2,000 incidents just in 2010 alone, making it the second busiest station in the UK, whereas our neighbouring station in Milford Haven, which is to remain open, didnâ€™t see to half the number of incidents.â€
Campaigners are urging people to support the cause and sign the petition online to help them get to their target of 100,000 signatures to take to Downing Street by the end of September.
Mike Dubens said: â€œThe petition has been running for three weeks so far, and we have seen an overwhelming response in the number of people wishing to support the cause. However, we desperately need more signatures so we would urge anyone who has yet to sign the petition to do so as soon as they can.â€
Swansea Coastguard station is responsible for co-ordinating search and rescue at sea and on the cliffs and coastline. The area covered by the Swansea includes the whole of the Bristol Channel, taking in both Welsh and English coastlines.
For more information on Save Swansea Coastguard or to sign the petition, visit: http://www.saveswanseacoastguard.co.uk/
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