Saturday, 14 May 2011


Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team are celebrating moving to their new home at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club on Saturday 14th May at 12 noon when they will raise the Coastguard flag on the RHYC’s flagpole outside the building.

The Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UK’s coastal search and rescue capability, as part of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, from Ipswich Wet dock to White Bridge at Manningtree.

The Royal Harwich Yacht Club is providing the Coastguard Rescue team with a training base, which can also be used for incident de-briefs. The Coastguard Vehicle will also be stored at the Yacht Club.

Peter Creasey, Station Officer of the Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team said:
“Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team was set-up in 1996. We’re called out around 55 times each year and being able to muster the team at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club’s Woolverstone site will be greatly assist our response.

“I’d like to thank the Royal Harwich Yacht Club for accommodating us.”

Tony Vagg General Committee Member of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club said:
The location of the Holbrook Coastguard at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, sees two key maritime related organisations operating in harmony to further water sports being safely enjoyed by many on one of the prettiest estuaries on the East Coast”

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Notes to Editors

  1. The principal guests are Mr Ken Rolls RHYC Commodore and Station Officer Peter Creasy and other members of the Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team.

  1. There will be the opportunity to take pictures of: the formal handover and raising of the Coastguard flag on the RHYC flagpole; presentation of HM Coastguard plaque to the RHYC Commodore and a group photo of the Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team, representatives from the RHYC and the Coastguard Rescue Vehicle

  1. Coastguard Rescue Officers come from all walks of life. They are people who have chosen to serve their communities and the public by giving their time, skills and effort willingly and without salary.

  1. The teams are fully trained and equipped to carry out search and rescue operations around the coast of the UK who can be called out by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) at any time of the day or night, in all weathers, to respond to those in trouble or missing, to seek confirmation or further information of a report, or to participate in a joint response to an emergency
The main things that the Coastguard Rescue Service does are to:
    • Carry out rescues of those trapped or injured on cliffs or in mud and provides a limited water rescue capability;
    • Carry out searches for missing persons often in conjunction with the Police;
    • Carry out coastal and inshore surveillance and intelligence gathering on behalf of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC);
    • Provide emergency mobile communications including relay and remote radio site operation;
    • Provide incident response and on-scene co-ordination as required by the MRCC;
    • Report the presence of pollution and other hazardous objects on the shore to the MRCC;
    • Carry out duties as required by the Receiver of Wreck;
    • Assist local authorities and the other emergency services when requested in relation to counter pollution, flood relief, missing person searches and other emergencies;
    • Carry out accident prevention and safety education activities and specially targeted prevention initiatives;

  1. The Royal Harwich Yacht Club established in 1843 and now with its HQ on the southern shore of the Orwell river downstream of the Orwell Bridge, at Woolverstone, is one of the East Coasts key Yachting clubs, offering a venue for Dinghy and Yacht racing and cruising – it has its own clubhouse with restaurant, a marina, moorings and dinghy park and offers an extensive programme of RYA approved training courses as well as many social events.

  1. Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch

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