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coastguardrescuebembridge400Island residents living in the Bembridge, St Helens, Brading and Yaverland areas are being sought to join their local Coastguard Rescue Team for 2015 and beyond.

Bembridge Coastguard, based at Beachfield Road in the village, are seeking men and woman over the age of 18 to join the life-saving rescue team to boost the number of Coastguard Rescue Officers (CROs) operating on the East Wight.

coastguardpostnightHM Coastguard work to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea and provide a 24-hour maritime search and rescue service around the UK coast, including here on the Isle of Wight.

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In total, three rescue teams operate on the Island from Bembridge, Ventnor and The Needles alongside initial response teams in Ryde and Newport.

As a front line emergency service, coastguard rescue officers respond to coastal emergencies at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. Incidents can include searching for vulnerable missing persons, carrying out cliff and water rescues and responding to small craft in distress.

coastguardpostBembridge Coastguard’s latest shout was at 03:30 on Sunday morning to an injured fisherman at the end of Culver Cliff.

Coastguards meet and train at least one evening a week and some weekends and potential recruits should live or work within 10 minutes drive from the Coastguard Station in Bembridge. In addition, Coastguard Rescue Officers must also get permission from employers to leave work to attend life-saving emergencies. A minimum wage reimbursement is paid to cover expenses, however the role is primarily voluntary.

All applicants should be in good health with a reasonable standard of fitness and hold a UK driving licence with less than 6 penalty points.

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Anyone interested in joining the team should contact Bembridge’s Station Officer, Martin Groom, by calling 07766428119.


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