Whistleblowers have told the Sunday Express that “dangerous and ill-equipped” rookies are having to man coastguard stations, putting lives at risk. As temperatures soar and families flock to Britain’s seaside resorts, inexperienced staff are being recruited to fill large numbers of vacancies because experienced officers have been leaving the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in their droves since the Coalition announced a modernisation drive in 2010. The inevitable cuts have seen some local coastguard stations closed, while ministers want rescues to be co-ordinated more at national level rather than locally. Coastguard whistleblowers believe the restructuring will lead to greater loss of life along Britain’s 12,000 miles of coast. Full story >>
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