Ordinary people wanted for extraordinary rescue job

The Shoreham rescue team in action
The Shoreham rescue team in action

Every day the Coastguard Rescue Team at Shoreham receive 999 calls from people in emergency situations.

Whether it’s someone out of their depth in the sea, or a person has fallen off a cliff or is stuck in the mud and unable to free themselves, the team are ready to respond to calls from those in trouble along the coastline from Brighton Marina to Worthing.

The team received emergency calls every day and are looking for volunteers

The team received emergency calls every day and are looking for volunteers

Now the rescue team is looking for ordinary people to come and join them in doing an extraordinary job.

As the emergency service responsible for coordinating maritime search and rescue in the UK, HM Coastguard needs volunteers for its rescue teams.

Coastguard Rescue Teams can be called into action any time, day or night.

There are 3,500 volunteers in 347 teams around the coast of the UK, but there are always vacancies.

Graham Easton from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “If you live in a coastal community, you’ll know how vital the Coastguard Rescue Team is to the area.

“These are people who are prepared to react day or night - often in matters of life and death.

What they do matters. And we need more people like them to join.”

Coastguard rescue officers help search for and rescue people in difficulties, be it on cliffs, stuck in mud or in water and also missing people.

They report and deal with pollution and other hazards and work with other emergency services and local authorities during major incidents.

“Coastguard rescue officers are trained in first aid and a variety of technical rescue techniques, depending on their location,” Mr Easton said.

“Aside from giving your time to a worthy cause, volunteering has a number of key benefits for your career too.

“It can help you stand out from the crowd and learn practical transferable skills.

“If you’d like to join, we’ll ensure you have regular training, and all we ask in return is that you are within a few minutes of the Coastguard base at Shoreham Harbour, and available to respond at most times.”

Members of the Coastguard Rescue Team will be in Shoreham town centre on Coronation Green each day between November 2 and 5 from 11am to 1pm to answer any questions.

Visit: https://www.gov.uk/volunteer-as-a-coastguard/what-to-expect-as-a-volunteer

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