13th June 2022. On Monday evening, the National Coastwatch Institution station at Gosport received a call from NCI Lee on the Solent to inform them that there was a canoe heading towards the station with two Royal Marine veterans who were paddling on their way around the British Isles.
A while later, NCI Calshot Tower & Stone Point also rang to let the Gosport watchkeepers know that the Marines' canoe should be visible to them very soon.
The canoe was spotted heading towards Gosport who kept it under observation as it went through Portsmouth Harbour. The watchkeepers rang NCI Calshot to confirm that they'd passed their station and asked if they knew any more about the two veterans. They were informed that they were completing this canoe trip in aid of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War and that they had set off from Calshot that morning.
This is a great example see how our NCI stations work together to make sure they all had eyes on the two veterans to keep them safe, something that all our stations do for all water users along the coastline of England and Wales.