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National Coastwatch Institution - Bass Point

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Bass Point NCI – holders of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The NCI lookout at Bass Point is manned entirely by volunteers from the local area and funded entirely by donations.
In order to keep the lookout functioning at maximum efficiency, we need to carry out a regular maintenance programme. And to help us meet the cost of this, we seek donations and support from the different communities we serve:
  • fishermen
  • sailors
  • walkers on the coast path
  • all other users of the sea and coast path

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.
Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.
Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Bass Point in the South West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.
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 and canoeing 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. They are trained to deal with emergencies, offering a variety of skills and experience and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met 

Charity No: 1159975

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