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Call for lifeboat base reprieve
A call has been made for the closure of a lifeboat base to be reconsidered.

Redcar and Cleveland Council is urging the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to give the Teesmouth Lifeboat Station a 12-month reprieve.

An emergency motion was passed calling on the charity to use that time to consider an offer by PD Ports of a floating berth for a lifeboat.

The charity said it spent two years reviewing provision in the area and is confident the right decision was made.

The council's motion calls on the RNLI to publish relevant financial information, risk assessments and other technical information considered when it made its decision on the closure.

Lifeboat overprovision

Councillor Vilma Collins said: "I have great admiration for the RNLI, but there are questions that need to be answered.

"PD Ports' offer to provide a free berth with no running costs would provide the RNLI with the solution they need.

"And there is also the question of abandoning a new building which cost 400,000 raised from donations and opened just over two years ago."

The RNLI carried out the review of cover saying there was overprovision of lifeboats in the area.

A spokeswoman said: "We have looked at the offer of a new berth, but this may not be available for three to five years.

"Also Hartlepool already has a suitable berth and the 25-knot all-weather lifeboat as well as a co-located B-class inshore lifeboat and so there is really no need to examine this option further.

"As we are happy with the lifeboat cover which will remain in the Tees Bay we can see no reason to postpone the closure."

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