Life­savers to share £1m wind­fall

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Ian Lewis 07790 591150 [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk

LOUGHOR In­shore Res­cue is one of al­most 60 vol­un­teer search and res­cue teams that will ben­e­fit from £1 mil­lion in govern­ment fund­ing to al­low them to buy the equip­ment they need to save lives.

The team has re­ceieved £25,563.50 for the pur­chase of a hov­er­craft and acil­liaries.

Also ben­e­fit­ing from the govern­ment wind­fall is Fer­ry­side In­shore Res­cue, an in­de­pen­dent team of vol­un­teers who raise all the money to fund their res­cues them­selves, which has been awarded £63,984.06 for the pur­chase of a surf res­cue boat, out­board en­gines and other res­cue equip­ment in­clud­ing dry­suits.

The in­shore res­cue teams were among four char­i­ties in Wales to ben­e­fit from the fund­ing which com­bined to­tals £110,201.

The other two be­ing North Wales Moun­tain Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion and Porth­cawl’s Rest Bay Life­guard Club.

The govern­ment’s de­part­ment for trans­port has re­vealed all 57 suc­cess­ful bids for the lat­est round of the Res­cue Boat Grant Fund.

The scheme was launched in 2014 to pro­vide £5 mil­lion over five years to in­de­pen­dent search and res­cue teams work­ing on in­land wa­ter­ways.

Mar­itime min­is­ter Nus­rat Ghani said: “Our res­cue boat teams are the un­sung he­roes of the UK’s wa­ter­ways. Their com­mit­ment and skill keeps peo­ple safe on and around our rivers, lakes and in­shore ar­eas.

“Lives have been saved as a re­sult of this scheme and our ad­di­tional fund­ing will en­sure that these tire­less vol­un­teers and char­i­ties can buy the craft, equip­ment, and other re­sources need to pro­vide round-the-clock

UK Govern­ment min­is­ter for Wales, Nigel Adams said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to the four Welsh re­cip­i­ents of the Res­cue Boat Grant Fund who con­tinue to pro­vide vi­tal res­cue ser­vices all over Wales, what­ever the weather.

“Ev­ery year we hear sto­ries of their coura­geous ef­forts to reach peo­ple in need of their help, and I hope this new in­jec­tion of fund­ing will en­able them to be bet­ter pre­pared to face the el­e­ments and res­cue more vul­ner­a­ble or in­jured peo­ple whether on land or at sea.”

Over the pre­vi­ous four rounds of the scheme, they vi­tal ser­vices.” 201 bids have been suc­cess­ful – help­ing a to­tal of 98 vol­un­teer search and res­cue teams across the coun­try.

The money has al­ready paid for 65 new boats in ad­di­tion to launch ve­hi­cles, rafts, safety gear, and other costs to sup­port res­cue teams.

This year’s pot will fund 15 new boats and a hov­er­craft.

The bids for the lat­est round of fund­ing were con­sid­ered by an ex­pert panel, chaired by of­fi­cials and in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from De­fra and the de­volved ad­min­is­tra­tions as well as ex­pert ad­vis­ers from the Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency, RNLI and the Royal Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pic­ture: Robert Me­len

Loughor In­shore Res­cue is get­ting £25,000 to help purch­sase new kit, in­clud­ing a hov­er­craft.

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