MoU formalises collaboration between the RNLI and HM Coastguard

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by the RNLI and HM Coastguard laying out each organisation’s responsibilities for search and rescue operations in the UK. John Payne, Director of Lifesaving Operations for the RNLI, and Claire Hughes, Director of HM Coastguard, met at Dover Lifeboat Station to sign the MOU on 1 October…. Read more »

MCA extends search and rescue contract with Bristow Helicopters

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has extended the contract for its search and rescue helicopter service, which is currently operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard. Bristow has been given the extension, which will run until 31 December 2026, covering off the period that the MCA needs to procure its… Read more »

‘No time to waste’ in search to replace aviation services, says HM Coastguard

The UK Search and Rescue Second Generation programme – known as UKSAR2G – will replace all the aviation services currently under contract to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. That includes the search and rescue helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, and also the fixed-wing aircraft, operated by 2Excel. These days the sight of a red… Read more »