National Coastwatch Hengistbury Head
We are all volunteers and rely entirely upon local fundraising to keep our essential service to the community going. Please help us with your donation.
National Coastwatch is a voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores and a national registered charity, locally funded. Each station assists HM Coastguard in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.
NCI was established in 1994 after many HM Coastguard lookout stations were closed, lighthouses became unmanned and lightships removed. There are now over 50 NCI stations in England and Wales manned by over 2500 Watchkeepers providing “eyes along the coast”. The NCI has assisted in over 500 incidents in 2018, initiating 300 of them of which 218 involved lifeboat rescue.
Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble.
Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing, canoeing, swimming and cliff walking are made safer with visual surveillance. NCI Watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility.
Charity No: 1159975
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