Coastline 'vulnerable' after after helicopter move

The RAF search and rescue helicopters flying out of Wattisham airfield in Suffolk have helped to save countless lives.

But from 2015 they will be no more. Instead a private firm will operate the service and the nearest base will be Kent.

The Government's signed a £1.6 billion deal, ending 70 years of search and rescue run by the RAF and Royal Navy and has handed the contract to the US based Bristow Group.

But as the coastguard stations at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and Walton on the Naze in Essex both prepare for closure, there are concerns the move to relocate air support could leave our coastline vulnerable.

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