Rescue charities have been given a £1 million lifeline after a fund to provide life-saving equipment was extended today (16 May 2019).
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has secured additional funding to extend the Rescue Boat Grant Fund into its sixth year – with investment now totalling £6 million.
So far, the fund has paid for 82 new boats, more than 1,800 items of equipment for rescue operations and in excess of 5,000 items of crew kit to keep volunteers safe on missions.
The Maritime Minister visited Bolton Mountain Rescue Team to announce the scheme’s extension and to see the positive impact of the fund on charities’ ability to save lives.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said:
We want everyone to be safe in and around water, but sometimes people get into difficulty.
This fund has helped more than 100 charities across the UK buy new boats and equipment to help save people’s lives.
I am proud to have secured additional funds to extend the scheme so it can have an even bigger impact on keeping people safe.
The rescue boat grant fund interactive map shows funding recipients since 2014.
In the past 4 years, Bolton Mountain Rescue Team has received funding for a new boat, new engines and other life-saving equipment worth more than £40,000.