Humber coastguards petition against cuts

Humber coastguards have launched a petition against planned cuts to the service, which they say would put lives at risk.

The government's modernisation plans include reducing the number of coastguard bases from 18 to eight and the number of jobs from 491 to 248.

Six of the centres, including Humber, which are now manned 24/7 would only be staffed during daylight hours.

Humber coastguards said the plans are "seriously flawed".

Plans 'more efficient'

Paul Chapman, Humber Coastguard's Coastguard Watch Officer, said: "We believe taking away the local knowledge built up over years by the coastguard officers at Humber Coastguard could unnecessarily put lives at risk and strongly believe that Humber Coastguard should be retained as a 24-hour station."

Mike Penning, parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, said he is "confident a more effective, efficient coastguard will emerge", due to improvements in communications and technology.

A public consultation runs until 24 March and a meeting is being held in Bridlington at the Spa on 21 February from 1900 to 2100 GMT.

The Humber coastguards have set up an online petition at, which currently has 205 signatures.

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