28th December 2019. One of the dedicated team of watchkeepers at NCI Porthcawl has been awarded the OBE for services to Defence and the local community.

Ian Cole, a watchkeeper with four year’s service at the National Coastwatch Institution station at Porthcawl, has been awarded an OBE for services to Defence and the local community.

As well as many years working for the Ministry of Defence, Ian was also a key member of the Coastguard station at Porthcawl, being the Station Officer for several years. Ian also supports the local RNLI and sits on the RNLI Operations Committee. Ian has been a watchkeeper at NCI Porthcawl for the last 4 years.  

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Currently 57 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 Hornsea in the East Riding of 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.








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