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HM Coastguard is responsible for the initiation and co-ordination of civil maritime search and rescue within the United Kingdom Search and Rescue Region. This includes the mobilisation, organisation and tasking of adequate resources to respond to persons either.
- in distress at sea or to
- persons at risk of injury or death on the cliffs or shoreline of the United Kingdom.
It has been announced that HM Coastguard is undergoing some major changes but the key responsibility remains unchanged and the Coastguard will continue to be there to respond to any call for help or assistance or safety information. So what does this actually mean for users of the Solent?
How will it work?
We went to see Peter Dymond, the Chief Coastguard, to find out how the Coastguard modernisation programme would affect the Solent user.
Peter was extremely positive about the modernisation programme which he said was long overdue, would make best use of current technology and ensure the service has the resources in the right place to meet known and predicted risks and events on a day to day basis.
In answer to the question “What differences will the Solent user see or hear?”, Peter stated that there should be absolutely no difference. However there will be procedural differences, and we have tried to discuss these in the pertinent questions section.
Scope of Coastguard Activity
Coastguard activity can be considered in a number of areas, including:-
- Marine Activities
- Coastal Activities
- Airborne Activities
- Managing External Resources (incl Coastwatch and RNLI)
The changes described
On 22nd January 2104, Geoff Matthews, HM Coastguard SAR Operations, explained the changes at a talk in Southampton organised by Solent Protection Society. Below are two videos of th event. The first records Geoffs talk. The second covers the discussion.
There is more information on our Search and Rescue page
BLOG 18 Oct 2013 Changes in Solent Coastguard become clearer
BLOG 29 Oct 2013 Coastguard NMOC starts to take shape
BLOG 02 Feb 2014 21st Century Coastguard – the video