Following confirmation of the ‘Blue Print for Future Coastguard Organisation in the UK’ today, 22 November, Milford Haven and Holyhead stations will remain open. Wales Office Minister David Jones has welcomed this, whilst acknowledging the disappointment for Swansea.
“I am pleased to see Milford Haven and Holyhead stations are to become part of a new nationally networked coastguard system. This is part of proposals to re-structure the UK’s existing coastline services.
”I understand the disappointment concerning the future of Swansea Coastguard station; however, overall Wales retains two out of three of its coastguard stations, up from one under the previous administration’s plans.”
**Notes to Editors: **
1. For more details about the ‘Blue Print for Future Coastguard Organisation in the UK’ follow this link http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga07-home/emergencyresponse/mcga-searchandrescue.htm
2. The Swansea Coastguard Station building will remain in use as a Costal Operations hub, providing a facility for local volunteer rescue teams.