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:
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.”
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.