Falmouth MRCC out of action after lightning strike

Falmouth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) was put out of action following a lightening strike late on Saturday evening. Until further notice its monitoring and co-ordination functions are being undertaken by Brixham MRCC.

Following the lightning strike at around 23.00hrs on Saturday, Falmouth MRCC was evacuated because of smoke coming from electrical equipment. Cornwall Fire Brigade were asked to attend. The building was checked and although physically unmarked there appears to be significant damage to the communications equipment.

Whilst out of action Falmouth MRCCs emergency calls are being handled by colleagues at Brixham MRCC. Coastguard Officers are operating three remote stations at The Lizard, Trevose and Lands End. These remote stations will undertake radio checks, monitor radio frequencies and respond to alerts from shipping.

Date Added - 19-Jan-2009


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