Richard Drax alerts PM to New Year heroism of lifeboat and tug boat crews

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, today asked Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions, to join him in praising the “professionalism, courage and determination” of lifeboat men and tug crews in preventing a disaster on New Year’s Eve.

“While most of us were celebrating on new year’s eve, the crews of the Poole-based tug, Kingston, and the Swanage and Weymouth lifeboats were battling mountainous seas and 70 mph winds off the coast of Dorset to prevent a cargo ship from being blown on to the rocks,” said Drax. “Thanks to the skill of the tug’s crew, the tow was fixed and a disaster prevented.”

“Will my right hon. Friend join me in praising the professionalism, courage and determination of all those involved, not least the volunteers of the RNLI?”

The Prime Minister replied, “I am very happy to do that and to praise all those involved in averting a disaster — both the tug crew and the RNLI. Indeed, I would like to go further. RNLI volunteers do a fantastic job around our coastline day in, day out, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”