NCI HENGISTBURY HEAD PROVIDE EYES ALONG THE COAST FOR HM COASTGUARD

28th June 2022. This is how we really are the Eyes Along The Coast for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Yesterday at about 17:40 a RIB called HM Solent Coastguard with a PanPan message which was quickly upgraded to a Mayday call due to an engine fire.

At 17:44, HM Coastguard called NCI Hengistbury Head to ask them to assist in locating the vessel as its position was reported as being somewhere in Poole Bay between Poole and the Needles. Obsevation was quickly established by the watchkeepers and, at 17:54, the Mudeford Lifeboat launched and once on scene was assisting the RIB. At 18:03, the watchkeepers called HM Coast Guard and confirmed that no further assistance was required and the vessel was being towed safely to Lymington.

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About

Currently almost 60 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Filey in North Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The words National Coastwatch Institution and Eyes Along the Coast and the NCI logos are Registered Trademarks of NCI.

Contact Details

GENERAL ENQUIRIES
0300 111 1202
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MEDIA ENQUIRIES
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