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 Sunday 16th of February at 15.00 Watchkeepers recieved a call from Swansea Coastguard to help in the search for a 5 year old male child.
The child was last seen at the number 7 marker on Whitmore bay.Watchkeepers took a description of the child,and despatched one of the duty watchkeepers out along Nells Point with a mobile Radio to look for the child.
A call on channel 00 confirmed that the local Coastguard and police officers were on scene and joinjng the search.
After an extensive search a call was heard over channel 00 that the child had been located safe and had been reunited with his parents.
Mobile watchkeeper was stood down and returned to Station.
On Saturday 18th of January at 15.39 watchkeepers sighted a white boat approximately 8ft in length ,possibly a yacht tender.
It was drifting slowly east on the flood tide,and there was no sign of occupancy,
Watchkeepers reported the sighting to Swansea Coastguard,they requested we kept vessel under observation
whilst they arranged recovery.
Barry dock Lifeboat was launched,but could not get close enough to attach a tow line.
Barry CG also attended,but they could not help.
Barry Dock Lifeboat arranged for their Y boat to attend to assist in recovery.
Vessel towed into Barry Harbour by Y boat. N.F.A
On Thursday 17th of october at 15.50 Four persons were observed on the Sully Island side of the Sully Island Causeway and the Causeway was covered.
The individuals did not appear in distress but it was unclear if they would attempt to walk to the mainland.
Swansea Coastguard were informed.
We were asked to monitor while HMCG made further enquiries.
Penarth inshore lifeboat were paged and Penarth Coastguard deployed to scene, by which time the individuals had made contact with HMCG
Contacted by HMCG Swansea to continue monitoring situation.
Penarth inshore lifeboat at Sully Island
Persons recovered and taken to Sully slipway
Persons landed at Sully slip no injuries apparent Penarth in shore tasked to make sweep of Sully Island to ensure no other persons stranded
On Thursdat 8th of August whilst on a live training exercise with the local Barry Coastguard,Watchkeepers at Nells Point spotted a large object adrift,they then reported same to Swansea Coastguard.Barry mobile were released to NCI Nells Point to observe object.Barry Dock Lifeboat boarding vessel was despatched to intercept object.
On their way to the object the lifeboat was rerouted to Whitmore bay to help search for a 4 year old child.
The child was found and reunited with its father.
Returning to the objects the life boat discovered two large bags tied together 3 mtrs X 3 mtrs filled with styrene,they were both recovered by the lifeboat and taken away for disposal