Full operational responsibility had been transferred to Humber coastguard

Great Yarmouth’s coastguard centre closed this week as the Maritime and

Coastguard Agency (MCA) continues to ‘modernise’ its service.

The MCA say there

will be no reduction in front line rescue resources and the availability of

Coastguard Rescue Teams, lifeboats, rescue helicopters and other rescue

facilities in the area will be ‘wholly unaffected’.

The Great Yarmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) on the east of England shut its doors on Wednesday, 1 May 2013.

Full operational responsibility has been

transferred to Humber MRCC, with support from the MRCC at Walton-on-the-Naze, known as Thames


Chief Coastguard Peter Dymond said: ‘Safety is our top priority and I am confident that the same high

quality search and rescue service will be maintained throughout. There

will be no reduction in front line rescue resources.

‘The availability of lifeboats, rescue helicopters, Coastguard Rescue

Teams and other rescue facilities in the area will be unaffected.

‘I am very grateful to the staff at Yarmouth Coastguard, who have served

this region and the local communities here with great dedication and

professionalism over many years.

‘I am delighted that several of them are

planning to stay with HM Coastguard in new roles, in different

locations around the UK’

Emergency Calls:

Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard to report a maritime or coastal

emergency and the 999 operator will transfer the call to the appropriate

Coastguard Rescue Coordination Centre.