Welcome to NCI Nells Point (Barry Island) lookout station
Nells Point Coastwatch station was the first NCI Station established on the Welsh coast. It is built on the site of a derelict Coastguard
With funding from the National Assembly, the Vale of Glamorgan Council rebuilt the Station to a very high standard.
The official hand over and opening ceremony took place on the 16th of Febuary 2007,The first watch took place on Saturday 17th
NCI Nells Point is situated on Barry Island on the costal path between Whitmore Bay and Jacksons Bay.
The station overlooks the busy Bristol Channel and from the watch tower we have views of the Somerset coast line from Weston Super Mare in the east, taking in the island of Flat Holme and Steep holme,To Forland point on the Devon coast in the west
All commercial traffic bound for Barry, Cardiff, Newport, and all ports in and around Bristol pass by Nells Point. Pilots for commercial traffic using the Upper Bristol Channel are based at Barry harbour.
LATEST INCIDENT DETAILS
On Friday 17th of May at 16.50 Watchkeepers Heard a Radio call from a 26 foot bemudan sloop " Xions Cloud" to Swansea CG They had engine failure and were not making any headway under sail against the tide. They requested a tow and gave their position as about 5 miles SW of Barry.
We Identified the vessel as one we had been monitoring for some time sailing very slowly up channel. Advised Swansea CG by phone that we had visual contact and gave them a more accurate position. Also advised that there were no other vessels in the vicinity.
Barry Dock LB launched
Barry Dock LB reaches casualty and takes them in tow, back to Barry. ETA 18-30