We as the ex crew of New Brighton Lifeboat station are flabbergasted by the latest developments at the station.
We have been informed by a reliable source that as of 15:00 today till Sunday 19:00 NO COVER is available and the boat is off-service.
This will undoubtedly put the public at risk due to this vital fast response service not being available.
The RNLI will state that Hoylake will cover the area with it's ALB (All Weather Lifeboat) and now New Brighton's ex hovercraft stationed permanently at Hoylake. With all the speed in the world, this will add vital minutes to any rescue and from our experience on the hovercraft will mean a 15-20 minutes delay.
And all this while 21 sacked or resigned crew are trained and available to respond to any emergency using the boat stationed at New Brighton.
Despite our continued attempts to overturn the decision by the RNLI and to formally talk to the crew they have dismissed, no response has been received.
Despite over 2000 signatures on online and local petitions from the public asking for the reinstatement of the crew, they have ignored and shunned the public in this matter.
What is more appalling is the deception that the station is open and available.
They have since re-opening the station brought up helms from various locations around the UK and placed them in local hotels paid for by the public's donations.
This is due to the fact that the station itself has no passed out helms, as all 4 were sacked or resigned, followed by just a few new crew left who are not competent and require further training.
It usually takes over 12- 18 months to be a competent helm or crew.
How long will the RNLI keep this situation going and ignore the crew who have put over 300 years collectively into keeping the public safe?
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