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 30th of March at 16.45 Watchkeepers noticed two people trying to reach the mainland on the causway from Sully Island with the tide flooding.
When the two people turned back towards the Island watchkeepers informed Swansea Coastguard about the situation.
SCG initiated the launch of the Penarth Lifeboat,Watchkeepers stayed on watch untill the casualties had been taken off the Island and landed back on the mainland.
The Life Boat made a sweep of the Island to make sure there were no further casualties and then SCG closed the incident.
On Saturday 15th of March Watchkeepers noticed 5 persons on Sully Island,with the tide rising a close watch was kept on the situation.
4 persons manged to get back to the mainland,One was very late to leave and hesitant on the submerging causeway carrying a dog.
Swansea Coastguard was contacted and incident reported.One person in a red coat trying to reach shore, and was stationary midway between Sully Island and main shoreline.
Swansea informed us that they had initiated investigation be Penarth life boat and Penarth Mobile.
Phone call from Swansea that the person had crossed safely,and had been advised by Penarth Mobile on causway and tides and safety
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.