18th March 2020. The Board of Trustees of the National Coastwatch Institution has reluctantly made the decision to suspend all current operations because of the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

As from midnight tonight (Wednesday 18th March) all NCI stations will suspend watchkeeping duties and will remain closed until further notice.  The charity which runs 56 lookout stations around the coast of England and Wales reporting to HM Coastguard, is staffed by over 2600 volunteers many of whom fall into the age category identified by the government as being most at risk. Watches at the lookouts will be resumed as soon as government guidelines permit.

Up to date information can be found on the NCI website

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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.








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

Contact Details

0300 111 1202
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0845 460 1202
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17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB