Teesmouth Lifeboat thanks it Supporters
April 29th 2006 will be indelibly marked in the minds of every crew member and supporters of the Teesmouth Lifeboat as a day when the RNLI got it wrong. The decision to close the only lifeboat station on the North East coast which is guaranteed to always be able to launch and return to station is fundamentally flawed.
Since the RNLI announced its decision on the 11th April 2006 the crew of the Teesmouth All Weather Lifeboat have being overwhelmed by the level of support that they have received in defence of retaining the Lifeboat. With such a massive response in support of the station, over such a large range of maritime professionals, local council and the community at large, the RNLI are a drift, alone in a sea of concern without a lifeboat.
Everyone is astounded by the RNLI’s ability to expend nearly £400,000 of publicly raised money on a building that they did not want. The RNLI commissioned the building in late 2002, yet by March 2004 they were already making it clear that the Teesmouth Lifeboat had no future.
In addition the RNLI declined an offer made by PD Teesport to provide, at no cost to the RNLI a new floating berth. This offer was turned down by the RNLI without any real consideration or serious discussions with the Port, stating that it would not be available for 3-5years. In fact the berth is likely to be available by 2009 or even earlier. When you take into consideration that the Teesmouth Lifeboat was not due to be replaced until 2011 and that we currently have all the facilities in place to operate until the berth was built without any problems
On behalf of all the crew of the Teesmouth All Weather Lifeboat I wish to express our sincere thanks to all our supporters, who have demonstrated unmoveable solid support in maintaining the lifeboat at Teesmouth. For that we are truly grateful.
I can confirm that the former crew of the RNLI Lifeboat at Teesmouth do not regard this matter as a “closed book” and will therefore be continuing to push for this decision to be looked at once again in more detail. We need to get to the root of the real decision.
So please keep logging onto our web-site for further up-dates. And those of you who are still of the believe that the Teesmouth Lifeboat should have been retained, and have not yet put pen to paper, please do so. I am sure that the Chairman of the RNLI Trustees, Sir Jock Slater, and the Chief Executive Andrew Freemantle at RNLI Headquarters’ in Poole, will be keen to hear the views of those supporters, who without your support the RNLI could not function.
Neil Marson MRIN. CNI
On behalf of the former RNLI Lifeboat Crew
Teesmouth All Weather Lifeboat
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