Hope Cove life boat row

Volunteer coastguards at Hope Cove in Devon are being made to choose between which of their rescue services to keep.

Lifeboat rescue service is centre of political row

A small lifeboat and cliff rescue service is at the centre of a political storm tonight.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says the service at Hope Cove in South Devon should be run by two separate teams.

But locals fear one would have to go because they don't have enough trained people.

Now the local MP has stepped in, accusing the MCA of intransigence. Richard Lawrence has the story.

Hope Cove life boat decision is 'unable to move forward'

Steve Bagurley from Hope Cove Lifeboat said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are not able to "move the situation forward" on whether the Hope Cove Life Boat and its Cliff rescue team should split into separate teams.

Volunteer coastguards at Hope Cove in Devon are being made to choose between which of their rescue services to keep.

He said: "We've raised the question with the minister... the MCA do not want to give us a definite answer."

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Totnes MP steps in over Hope Cove life boat row

Volunteer coastguards at Hope Cove in Devon are being made to choose between which of their rescue services to keep.

The Hope Cove Life Boat and its Cliff rescue team may be split into separate teams by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

However those who do volunteer say they do not have the resources to support both.

Sarah Wollaston Totnes MP said: "There's such a long tradition within our community, and it's such a highly valued source. Can I ask the minister please to look at this and to try and break this deadlock?"