Sea rescue chairman issues warning over cuts to Lee-on-the-Solent coastguard station

CUTS The Coastguard helicopter
CUTS The Coastguard helicopter
Amanda Morby, Portsmouth

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GOVERNMENT plans to cut the number of coastguard centres could put lives at risk, a councillor has warned.

Under proposals, the Solent station in Lee-on-the-Solent would close to make way for a merged centre in either Portsmouth or Southampton.

Gosport and Hampshire Cllr Peter Edgar, who is also the chairman of the Solent Sea Rescue Organisation, said: ‘The local knowledge of the local coastguard team successfully co-ordinates rescues.

‘The 24-hour manned local coastguard station is crucial if we are to retain the best possible life-saving facilities on the Solent waters.’