Clyde coastguard station ‘closes early’

Campaigners have claimed that Clyde Coastguard will be closed “to all intents and purposes” from Friday evening.

After 20:00 GMT, emergency calls will be handled from Belfast or Stornoway. Routine calls will go to Belfast.

Staff at the Clyde centre, in Greenock, will be on hand until 18 December to support their colleagues.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokeswoman said the change had been planned “for some time”.

A document leaked to the Coastguard SOS Campaign appears to outline details of the change.

It states: “Clyde closes on 18th December 2012.

“However, the work to complete the aerial transfers to MRCC Belfast and MRCC Stornoway is on schedule to complete on Friday of this week and the intention is to hand control of the aerials to Belfast and Stornoway on Friday evening.”

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Article courtesy of the BBC.

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