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Coast Guard buys vans that are too heavy for crew to use

New vehicles are fit to carry only one person

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REDEPLOYED: Coast Guard Ford Transit vans

REDEPLOYED: Coast Guard Ford Transit vans

REDEPLOYED: Coast Guard Ford Transit vans

The Coast Guard spent hundreds of thousands of euro on 18 vans that cannot carry a full rescue crew and all its equipment at the same time.

Crews have been critical of the vans because weight limits restrict the number of personnel or equipment they can carry.

Officials bought the 18 Ford Transit-type vans before adapting them to cater for the unique specifications its climbing units need.