MP slams Coastguard closure

DUMFRIES and Galloway MP Russell Brown said that the final day of operation of the Clyde Coastguard on Tuesday marked a “dark day”, as it was closed due to government cuts.

Dumfries and Galloway has in excess of 200 miles of coastline, which is covered by Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres at Liverpool and on the Clyde. In November last year the government announced that both bases will close.

This means the local knowledge of Dumfries and Galloway’s coastline built up at the Liverpool and Clyde coastguard bases will be lost.

Mr Brown said: “The closure of Clyde Coastguard marks a dark day for our region.

“The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre has played a pivotal role in keeping our coastline safe but is now shutting its doors. It shows the heavy price we are paying because of the Tory government’s cuts.

“It is clear to me that the UK government has made a grave error by turning a blind eye to the public outcry and pressing ahead with closing both coastguard stations that cover Dumfries and Galloway.

“Our region has over 200 miles of coastline and it beggars belief that any government would recklessly put lives at risk in a bid to save some cash.”