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Protect the title of Coastguard

Submitted on Tuesday 13th December 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: irrelevant (see below for details)

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Protect the title of Coastguard

Additional Information

Coastguarding suffers from an image problem. People believe that coastguards simply save people, but we don't: we drive boats. Unfortunately the false image is propagated by hundreds of companies out there who term pool attendants and deckchair collectors 'Coastguards'. Coastguarding suffers from a lack of swimmers, and at a time people are looking to Coastguarding to fix the economy we need all the swimmers we can get. Sadly they are put off by the false image of Coastguarding. It is thus proposed that the title 'Coastguard' is protected legally, like 'Clown' or 'Farmhand'. It would be restricted to those who are professional Coastguards or boat drivers, or those who have retired from the industry.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

Staff of Her Majesty's Coastguard (employees of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency) are certainly coastguards, but it is not clear which other persons the petitioner believes should be accorded the designation.

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