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News | Rescue heroes in Kent given over 10k for life-saving equipment

Date Posted: 23rd December 2018

Over £10k has been awarded to Kent Search & Rescue to buy life-saving equipment in a funding package announced by the Department for Transport today.

Volunteer search and rescue teams in the South East are among dozens of charities across the UK which will benefit from a combined £1million in government funding to allow them to buy the equipment they need to save lives.

Today (Sunday 23rd December) the Department for Transport revealed the 57 successful bids for the latest round of the Rescue Boat Grant Fund. The scheme was launched in 2014 to provide £5million over five years to independent search and rescue teams working on inland waterways.

It includes Kent Search and Rescue who will be receiving £10,476.90 for the purchase of drysuits and associated kit.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:

"Our rescue boat teams are the unsung heroes of the UK's waterways. Their commitment and skill keeps people safe on and around our rivers, lakes and inshore areas.

"Lives have been saved as a result of this scheme and our additional funding will ensure that these tireless volunteers and charities can buy the craft, equipment, and other resources they need to provide vital round-the-clock services."

Over the previous four rounds of the scheme, 201 bids have been successful - helping a total of 98 volunteer search and rescue teams across the country. The money has already paid for 65 new boats in addition to launch vehicles, rafts, safety gear, and other costs to support rescue teams. This year's pot will fund 15 new boats and a hovercraft.

The bids for the latest round of funding were considered by an expert panel, chaired by officials and including representatives from DEFRA and the devolved administrations as well as expert advisers from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI and the Royal Yachting Association.

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