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1979 Aug 16 Th
Margaret Thatcher

Message of thanks to rescue services (Fastnet race disaster)

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Document kind: Message
Venue: No.10 Downing Street
Source: Thatcher Archive
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: MT sent telegrams to the air, naval and coastguard services who had helped to rescue survivors of the sudden storm that sank 22 yachts and drowned 15 of their crew (see BBC Radio News Report 1800 16 August 1979.)
Importance ranking: Trivial
Word count: 74
Themes: -

I should like to congratulate you and all those in the coastguard service who took part in the Fastnet rescue operation on your outstanding achievements. Along with all the others concerned, you contributed towards averting what could have been a far worse tragedy, and I pay tribute to the part played by the coastguard over the last three days. It reminds us how much we depend on your vigilance at all times.

Margaret Thatcher