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Rescue Services: Hope Cove

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what arrangements the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has made to provide rescue services in the operating area previously covered by the Hope Cove lifeboat; what plans he has to make payments to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for the provision of such services; and if he will make a statement; (259340)

(2) what provisions will be made before 10am and after 6pm during spring and summer months to provide rescue services in the operating area previously covered by the Hope Cove lifeboat; and whether he plans to upgrade the services provided by the Bantham rubber duck boat. [Official Report, 12 March 2009, Vol. 489, c. 12MC.]

A consultation about the search and rescue provision for the southern part of the south-west peninsula is being prepared.

Until that process is complete the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's boat at Hope Cove will be able to operate under necessary safety restrictions from 1 April 2009 until 31 October 2009.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has recently indicated a willingness to provide a beach life-guarding service specifically at Hope Cove, in addition to maintaining the existing provision at the nearby Bantham beach.

Provision and funding of beach safety services is generally a matter for the local authority.

The Department does not recognise the relevance of the acronym RIVU in this context.