Coastwatch station to open in Brancaster
The National Coastwatch is to open a new permanent station in Brancaster on the North Norfolk coast in April.
The station is unique as it is the first joint venture between NCI and the RNLI and it is being supported by HM Coastguard, National Trust, English Nature and the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club where the station will be situated.
It now wants volunteers to join to become watchkeepers.
They are effectively the eyes and the ears along the coast. Once trained they will keep watch on beaches and inshore waters, monitoring radio channels, provide a listening watch in poor visibility and deal with emergencies.
The station, which will join five established stations along the Norfolk coast, plans to open in time for Easter. The new station will be based near the sea wall in the grounds of the Royal West Norfolk golf club.
John Allen, acting station manager, said: “We are now looking for volunteers who can commit to carry out a minimum of one three hour watch per week. No previous experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a commitment to work as a team."
The National Coastwatch Institute was founded in 1994 following the deaths of two fishermen near a recently closed coastguard station at Bass Point, Cornwall.
Following the tragedy, public-spirited local people banded together and the NCI was formed.
Since that time the organisation has grown dramatically and it now has 56 stations around the coasts of England and Wales manned by over 2500 volunteer watchkeepers.