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Lifesaving service is axed

PUBLISHED: 10:29 07 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 March 2010

FIREFIGHTERS have said vital minutes will be lost -placing hundreds of lives at risk as ship sail along the Suffolk coast - when the their sea team is scrapped later this month.

By Georgina James

FIREFIGHTERS have said vital minutes will be lost –placing hundreds of lives at risk as ship sail along the Suffolk coast - when the their sea team is scrapped later this month.

The specially-trained volunteers, who are made up from the county's fire brigade, were needed just this week on Monday when a fire started in the engine room of the P&O Norsea ferry which was carrying more than 600 passengers.

Thankfully on that occasion nobody needed to be evacuated and the fire was contained with the Suffolk brigade's help, but it served as a stark reminder of the crucial value of such a potentially life saving service.

More later.

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