TWO hundred years of service is the milestone reached by HM Coastguard this weekend.
The service was formed on January 15, 1822 and today consists of 352 teams located at stations across the UK.
In Pembrokeshire there are rescue teams based in St Davids, St Govans, Tenby, Broad Haven, Dale and Fishguard and the Maritime Coastguard Agency is based in Milford Haven.
St Davids marked the occasion with the services of Dr George Middleton who is about to celebrate his own special birthday, turning 100 on Monday January 17.
The St Davids team said: ‘On the Maritime and Coastguard Agency‘s 200th anniversary weekend, it is a privilege to share this celebration with Dr George Middleton. His contribution to our local community and our search and rescue organizations is immeasurable.
“We would all like to take this opportunity to wish him a very happy birthday. With much love and best wishes from the St Davids Coastguard Rescue Team and everyone at HMCG.
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HM Coastguard said: “We are celebrating 200 years.
“We marked this milestone, along with Coastguard rescue teams across the UK, with a special gesture to reflect past and present service dedication – the casting of a throwing line.
“We are always busy and rarely do we get the chance to reflect on what we are doing and why we are doing it, but today we are taking a moment to do it.”
The Maritime Coastguard Agency, with a base in Milford Haven, said this coming year would have an “extra shine”.
“Over the past 200 years, we have grown and improved with age. From our beginnings, the launching of rocket-launching devices at ships in distress, to today’s sophisticated search planning techniques, satellite services, modern rope and mud rescue techniques and state-of-the-art air assets, we have come a long way.
“We have evolved, but our mission has always remained the same: to save lives along our coasts and at sea.”
Happy birthday and thank you for your service from everyone at Western Telegraph.