The RNLI Coastguard
The lifeboat is located in Mallaig, a working port on the west coast of Scotland. The lifeboat station has operated an all weather lifeboat for nearly 60 year and the crews have been presented with five awards for gallantry.
The Severn class lifeboat was introduced in 1995 and shares the same hull shape as the Trent class. It carries a powered Y boat that can be launched and recovered by a lightweight crane to enable rescues close to shore. Its propellers are protected so it can be grounded without damage.
Contact Mallaig, Mallaig Harbour Mallaig Inverness-shire, PH41 4QD, Tel: (01687) 462579, (01687) 462579
Visitor Contact, Mr. Alexander (Mo) Mathieson, Tel: 07802 155231
Station Opening Times, 9am - 5pm daily.
Shop, Easter - Christmas 11am - 3pm Mon - Sat Open Sun during Summer Tel: 01687 462573 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting and 01687 462573.
The UK government assumes responsibility for civilian maritime Search and Rescue, and delegate this responsibility to Her Majesty’s Coastguard – part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Her Majesty’s Coastguard coordinate maritime search and rescue within the UK Search and Rescue region, and have a variety of resources they can task to emergency situations – either people in distress at sea, or emergencies on the coast or shoreline. HM Coastguard also has their own volunteer service, the Coastguard Rescue Service, who are teams of volunteers who can respond to land based emergencies such as cliff and mud rescues or searches for missing people.
19 Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs) form a network of command and control centres for responding to reports of maritime and coastal distress. Watch keeping staff in these centres provide a 24 hour service to mariners and coastal users by receiving incoming distress calls and sending resources to their rescue. These calls could come in via the monitoring of emergency radio frequencies, or by 999 calls, as the Coastguard are a recognised 999 emergency service.
The UK Search and Rescue region covers some 1.25 million square nautical miles of sea and over 10.5 thousand nautical miles of coastline.
HM Coastguard can call upon a wide variety of resources – known as declared assets – when coordinating Search and Rescue. Search and Rescue facilities we can call on includes:
Our own Coastguard Rescue Teams who form a volunteer service of 3500 members in 362 teams strategically placed around the coast.
- Search and Rescue helicopters under contract to the MCA.
- Lifeboats operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), along with other nominated inshore rescue services.
- Search and Rescue helicopters operated by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
- Chemical incident response for vessels at sea
- Nominated beach lifeguard units
- Police, Fire and Ambulance Services
- Mountain and Cave Rescue Teams
Picture Courtesy of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. For more information on this vital service go to, www.dft.gov.uk/mca.