Falmouth rescue centre hit by lightning

Falmouth MRCC is currently out of action following a lightning strike on Saturday night

At about 11pm on Saturday night Falmouth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) was evacuated after smoke was seen coming from electrical equipment, following a lightning strike.

Falmouth MRCC is now out of action until further notice and in the meantime all emergency calls will be responded to by staff at Brixham MRCC.

Coastguard Officers are operating three remote stations at The Lizard, Trevose and Land’s End. These remote stations will undertake radio checks, monitor radio frequencies and respond to alerts from shipping.

Richard Parkes, duty director for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said, “I’m relieved that none of our staff were injured. All our MRCCs are paired with another for exactly a situation like this, so Brixham should be able to operate as Falmouth without the public even realising.”