End of an era as coastguard station closes

The Coastguard's now-closed base at Fife Ness, near Crail.

The Coastguard's now-closed base at Fife Ness, near Crail.

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THE Fife Ness coastguard station in Crail has now closed.

The Forth Coastguard Station closed on Friday as part of UK Government measures that could see Scotland’s coastguard cover reduce from seven to three.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “It’s sad for Forth Coastguard as a chapter in history going back around 100 years is brought to an end.

“I pay tribute to those staff – past and present – who have worked tirelessly to provide a vital service to all those making a living from the sea and use our marine environment.

“We are determined to continue to make the case for Scotland’s vital coastguards and recognise that the threat still remains that Clyde Coastguard may also close.

“This is despite Clyde Coastguard being Scotland’s busiest rescue and co-ordination centre.

“Taking risks with maritime safety and human life are not acceptable and we will continue to fight against the planned Clyde closure.”