31st May 2020. A kayaker who got into 'difficulties' on the Dorset coastline has been rescued by coastguards and lifeboat crews today thanks to the watchkeepers at NCI Swanage.

The alarm was raised by the volunteer watchkeepers from Swanage National Coastwatch Institution, who alerted the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to a kayaker believed to be having difficulties to the south-west of their watch tower at around 8.50am.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "Swanage RNLI lifeboat was sent and they were able to locate the kayaker and escort the person to a place of safety."


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Currently 56 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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