Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth visited Holyhead Coastguard Station to learn more about their work. Following the visit, he said:
“Since the restructuring of Coastguards throughout Britain in the past few years, Holyhead has become an even more important centre for the service. It looks after an area that stretches from the Lake District to Aberdyfi. It was important for me to understand the nature of that work – which ranges from controlling ship traffic on the sea to safety. I also had the opportunity to discuss the work of the teams of professional and volunteers involved with Search and Rescue on our coast.
He also had the opportunity to see the new helicopters that are used for Search and Rescue work. He added:
“Losing the familiar yellow RAF helicopters has been difficult in many ways, but I had the chance to see for myself how much more able and technologically advanced the new Coastguard helicopters are. What’s important is that there is a full service available to protect those who get into trouble in the sea or on the mountains, and the team of flying staff and support staff are as committed as ever.”