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Teesmouth Lifeboat Station Closure
Following the March 2004 Coast Review, it was stated by the R.N.L.l .“that the review concluded there was a clear over-provision of lifeboats in the Teesbay area”. The RNLl on Tuesday 11th. April 2006 announced that its Trustees had accepted the recommendations of their Operations Committee and made the decision to close the Teesmouth Lifeboat Station. On 11th. April 2006, a delegation from the R.N.L.I.sSearch and Rescue committee, including Michael Valasto, announced to the members of the Teesmouth Lifeboat crew and station management committee, at a meeting held in the crew facility building, the full results of the review. Its Trustees had accepted the recommendations of their Operations Committee and made the decision to close the Teesmouth Lifeboat Station with immediate effect. The crew stated that as long as there was an Operational manager and the lifeboat was at the station, the crew would continue to respond to requests for assistance until the lifeboat was withdrawn. The date of withdrawal of the boat was to be 29th. April 2006.
The crew and management committee objected strongly that there had not been long enough between the announcement and the closure date, and that they had not been given the opportunity to put forward a case as to why Teesmouth Lifeboat Station should remain open, or launch an appeal bearing in mind PD Ports had offered a FREE afloat development. No photographers or media were allowed in the building while the meeting was taking place. A press statement was released afterwards. Local radio and TV stations then covered the announcement. Web-site Lifeboats 24-7 soon started a petition to save the station. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council also took up the cause and formed a scrutiny panel to investigate the process taken by the R.N.L.I. which led to the decision to close the station.