Campaigners fighting to save the search and rescue helicopter at Portland in Dorset have been dealt a major blow today.
Speaking during a visit to the new coastguard operations centre the Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP said he's convinced Government plans to close the base are safe.
This report from Kerry Swain.
VIDEO: They save lives every day - but now the Dorset Search and Rescue helicopter has been thrown a lifeline. The service was due to be axed in the next five years - but now questions are being asked about that decision. Martin Dowse reports.
Portland will have a lasting memory of the Paralympics when all the sailors return home. The Royal Mail will paint a post box gold in honor sailor Helena Lucas who won top honors in the Single-Person Keelboat competition.
The Paralympic flame will be welcomed into Weymouth later as the town prepares to host the sailing events.
Members of Team GB are already based in the sailors village and have been getting in some last minute practice off the coast of Portland.
Thousands of people turned out to see the Olympic Torch carried through Portland this morning.
It will travel 76 miles today from Portland Bill to Bournemouth.
147 torchbearers will carry the flame and the day will finish with an evening celebration on Bournemouth beach.
More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to try to stop the closure of the Portland Coastguard Helicopter base. The government is shutting it as part of a restructure of the coastguard service.
Police in Portland have renewed their appeal for information about a missing 73-year-old man from the island. Officers want to hear from members of the public who might be able to help them find Kingsley Morgan. Mr Morgan was last seen on Portland at about 4.30pm on Friday, 8th June.
He was wearing beige coloured trousers and a fawn knitted jumper, and is described as being five feet six inches tall, of medium build with gret untidy hair.
Acting Detective Inspector Steve Symms said: “We are still growing increasingly concerned for Kingsley’s welfare.
“We are continuing to ask the public for their support in trying to locate him."
Anyone who has seen or heard from Kingsley is asked to contact Dorset Police.
A Dorset MP has written to the Transport Minister saying he will continue to fight to save the Portland Search and Rescue helicopter. Under a government review of coastguard operations, the service would be axed by 2017. Richard Drax says the Portland base offers good value for money.