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Nells Point (Barry Island)


Welcome to NCI Nells Point (Barry Island) lookout station 

 Live Web Cam at Nells Point   

Live Weather at Nells Point

Tide Times at Barry


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
February 2007.

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.


On October 4th at 15.39

Wachkeepers spotted a capsized Inflateable with 2 persons clinging to the side. 

Watchkeepers called Swansea Coastguard on 999,SCG put out a call for any vessels in the area, the only response was from a Pilot vessel in Barry Harbour.

The pilot vessel Bristol Interceptor headed out to the coordinates given by the NCI Watch Station, the Pilots could not spot the casualties initially , so Watchkepers took it on themselves

to use the radio to direct the pilot to the casualty as the situation was getting very serious.

The Bristol Interceptor rescued the casualties and with the inflatable in tow headed into Barry Harbour where they were transfered into a waiting ambulance.

 On completion of the incident SCG thanked the Watchkeepers for their reporting with the precise location of the casualties.

On Sunday 14th September at 17.07

Watchkeepers spotted a large log off Nells Point floating with the tide . Swanswea Coastguard were informed that there were 2 leisure craft that could be in danger from the floating object. One vessel recieved call from CG and took evasive action, the second vessel could not be contacted, but sailed away from area safely.

CG closed incident.

On Sunday 17th August at 19.18


Radio call fromSansea Coastguard "any vessels in the vicinity of Whitmore bay-persons in the water"Barry Lifeboat and CRT tasked.

 Wachkeepers advised SCG that there were 3 Kayakers off Nells Point heading towards whitmore bay, SCG asked us to try to contact them by any means inc channel 16,we tried loud hailer and waving to no avail.

 Advise SCG on channel  0 that Kayakers were now entering Whitmore bay.

 life boat and pilot vessel leave Barry harbour, second casualty reported in the water trying to rescue first person.

 Kayaker rescues first person,s econd person reaches shore.

 All rescue teams stood down, CRT reports that youngsters were from a local judo team practicing on the beach and went into the water to cool o









Visitor Policy: 
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later. We have an exhibition centre which is open to the public on weekends.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Summer watches commence at the start of BST
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Monday, February 29, 2016
Winter watches commence at the end of BST
Opening Hours

During June, July and August the station remains open until 2000hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

51° 23.27' N
003° 15.93' W
OS Reference: 
ST 120 662
Station Post Code: 
CF62 5DG
Station Elevation: 
59' (18 m)
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to MRCC Milford Haven
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
Station Telephone: 
01446 420746
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Visual Horizon: 
9 Nautical Miles
Radar Horizon: 
9 Nautical Miles
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Terry Ewington
Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
02920 592621
NCI Lookout
Nell's Point
Barry Island
Vale of Glamorgan
CF62 5DG



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