Sea Cadets donation after Maritime forced to shut

Stonehaven Harbour
Stonehaven Harbour

The closure of a sea rescue centre in Stonehaven has freed up money to be donated to four charities, with one based in the town.

The Maritime Rescue Institute (MRI) had to close its doors after flooding in 2013 left its operation impossible.

Facing a bill of £500,000 to replace boats and equipment, MRI was forced to go into voluntary liquidation.

There will be a final meeting of the trustees on July 28 and the four charities will then receive a share of MRI’s the remaining £59,200 funds.

Stonehaven and District Sea Cadets - who are currently building a new headquarters in the town - will be one of the recipients.

The other three charities to receive a cash boost are Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation, East Sutherland Rescue Association and Trossachs Search and Rescue.

MRI trustee chairman Colin Braithwaite said: “I think all of the trustee were surprised at how long the closure process has taken.

“But then most of the rescue boats did require work on their engines to make them serviceable.

“We are pleased that the remaining funds of £59,200 can be shared with four very worthy charities.”

The Leader reported last week how the Stonehaven and District Sea Cadets has begun transforming a former warehouse into new headquarters. It will mean they can move out of the council-owned building they’re in now.”