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Stonehaven's Maritime Rescue Institute to close down

Waves at Stonehaven
Image caption Enormous waves battered towns such as Stonehaven in December

Stonehaven's Maritime Rescue Institute (MRI) is being forced to close its doors after failing to recover from storm damage, the charity has said.

The MRI - which provides search and rescue and emergency response services - said it was left without any boats in the water after its base at the harbour was deluged in last December's storm.

The charity said it had already been struggling with falling donations.

Its board decided there was no other option but to close down.

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