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20 August
Hudghton visits Maritime Rescue Institute


Ian Hudghton MEP is visiting Stonehaven Maritime Rescue Institute, The Old Pier, Stonehaven on Friday 20 August at 1.30 pm.

North-east based Member of the European Parliament, Ian Hudghton is tomorrow (Friday 20 August) paying a visit to Stonehaven’s Maritime Rescue Institute on the town’s Old Pier.

MRI, is a Scottish charity which assists HM coastguard in providing a round-the-clock search and rescue response in coastal waters in a 50 mile radius off Stonehaven.  Its search and rescue team, manned exclusively by volunteers, has successfully carried out almost 400 rescues to date.

Commenting in advance of his visit, Mr Hudghton said:

“I am looking forward to tomorrow’s visit and learning more about the important role MRI plays in enhancing safety in Scotland’s coastal waters.  Training and advice in safety at sea can mean, quite literally, a matter of life and death and is an issue on which the EU is increasingly placing more emphasis.  MRI’s record in providing this facility for those who work at sea and for those who enjoy the sea for sport and leisure is superb.  They are exporting Scottish know-how in maritime safety across the globe and we should be very proud of their efforts in so doing.”

MRI has provided advice and training on search and rescue techniques for teams from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.  They also assist in education programmes such as “learn to swim” projects in Somalia and Sri Lanka.  Their Youth Team, drawn from the local community, are learning search and rescue skills at the centre to equip them with vital skills for work at sea.


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