Department for Transport
Life-saving fund opens for bids
Bidding process for sixth rescue boat grant fund opens.
- £1 million fund for rescue boats and equipment opens for applications
- now in its sixth year, the fund has already paid for thousands of items of rescue equipment
- launch comes as part of the UK’s first Maritime Safety Week
Lifeboat charities across the UK can now bid for government cash for life-saving equipment.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani yesterday (4 July 2019) visited Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Service (OxSAR) as part of Maritime Safety Week and to launch this year’s £1 million rescue boat grant fund.
The fund is open to search and rescue teams in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to buy new boats, engines or other equipment.
So far, the £6 million scheme 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.
Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani yesterday said:
We want everyone to be safe on or around water, but occasionally people get into trouble.
These charities do amazing work and I’ve seen first-hand how they help people in their hour of need.
I’m proud that this fund has already helped more than 100 groups buy the vital boats and equipment they need to rescue those in need. I want to see even more people benefit from this fund this year.
In May 2019, the government announced it had secured a further £1 million for the fund, taking it into its sixth year and bringing the overall total to £6 million.
OxSAR has previously received about £40,000 from the fund to buy a new rescue boat, lifevests, drysuits and other equipment to help them find and rescue people, while also keeping the volunteers who risk their lives to save others safe.
This year’s fund has opened for bids as part of the Department for Transport’s first ever Maritime Safety Week. At the start of the week, the government launched its Maritime Safety Action Plan, which sets out ambitious targets to cut the number of preventable deaths on UK waterways.
Video: Simon talks about training to be a life-saver with Kent Search and Rescue.
Maritime media enquiries
Media enquiries 020 7944 3021
Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292
Switchboard 0300 330 3000
Latest News from
Department for Transport
Government launches call for evidence on carbon offsetting18/07/2019 17:14:00
Call for evidence to look into if more consumers could be offered the chance to carbon offset to reduce their carbon footprint when buying travel tickets.
Trailer safety report18/07/2019 14:51:00
Statement on the publication of a report into trailer safety as required by the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act 2018.
Roads policing review to improve safety17/07/2019 14:20:00
Review into roads policing and traffic enforcement to be launched.
Consultation on a revision to Harbour Order application fees17/07/2019 10:10:10
Have your say on proposed options to revise the fee structure for HO applications.
PM hosts automotive leaders at Downing Street16/07/2019 16:10:00
Prime Minister Theresa May called for the UK to stay at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of electric vehicles.
Williams Rail Review: an update on progress16/07/2019 14:37:00
Keith Williams, independent Chair of the Rail Review, provides an update at a Northern Powerhouse Partnership event.
Electric car chargepoints to be installed in all future homes in world first16/07/2019 12:10:00
Consultation proposing that new-build homes are fitted with an electric car chargepoint is launched.
All new rapid chargepoints should offer card payment by 202015/07/2019 16:37:00
New government ambitions will encourage uptake of UK's chargepoint network through widespread 'pay as you go' functionality.