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Maritime And Coastguard Agency: Coastguards assist as snow causes chaos around Britain

News   •   Jan 06, 2010 11:21 GMT

Coastguard stations all around the coast have been inundated by requests for help by other emergency services as snowy conditions cause chaos across the UK.

Holyhead Coastguard have dealt with seven incidents in the last two hours brought on by the bad weather, with Coastguard teams, Sector Managers and vehicles being sent to support Police and Ambulance services across North Wales.  Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team dealt with two recoveries of elderly people in need of rescue this afternoon in Rhyl and Dyserth, and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Holyhead and Moelfre were sent to assist Police in Llangefni, where deep snow continues to affect the whole of the Isle of Anglesey.

In particular the Coastguard 4x4 vehicles have been in high demand because of their ability to access areas where other emergency service vehicles cannot reach due to snow.  Liverpool Coastguard have their 4x4s on standby at the request of North West Ambulance Service, who have declared the bad weather a major incident, as well as vehicles being on standby via Portland Coastguard at the request of South West Ambulance and Dorset Police.

Holyhead Coastguard Watch Manager Jim Green said:

“We have been pleased to offer assistance to Police and Ambulance services across North Wales this afternoon and evening as the snow continues to cause challenging conditions for the emergency services.  In particular our Coastguard Rescue Teams and Coastguard 4x4s have been in high demand for rescues where the snow has made areas inaccessible to other vehicles.”


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