Changes to coastguard cover

The base for Great Yarmouth coastguards Photo: ITV News Anglia

Today marks the end of an era for the coastguard in Great Yarmouth.

As of tonight they'll no longer be responsible for providing 24 hour cover for incidents off the Norfolk and Suffolk coast.

Responsibility for the area from Haile Sand Fort off the Humber Estuary all the way down to Southwold will be taken over by a centre based in Humberside from 20:00 to 08:00am.

The move is in preparation for the complete closure of the Great Yarmouth centre on 1st May.

It has lead to fears a lack of a local service could endanger lives but that's been denied by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

"Humber has been operationally 'paired' with Yarmouth for several years, and staff at Humber have acquired significant operational and geographical knowledge of the Great Yarmouth area."

– Chief Coastguard Peter Dymond