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Postal Address: 17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB

Lyme Bay - QAVS

Welcome to NCI Lyme Bay

NCI Lyme Bay is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. If you are afloat within the bay or walking on the coastline, we are here to do radio checks, give weather and tide information and keep an eye out for you. If you are near either of our lookouts (Hive Beach and Charmouth) do call in. If we have an ongoing incident, we shall tell you but we like to see you and to know if you are just practising eskimo rolls/cliff launches/net retrievals/skier-recovery, we are very happy to be told that and keep an eye out.

Access : 

The road down to Hive Beach is narrow but straight and has pinchpoints giving priority to exiting traffic. Pedestrians and, occasionally, livestock may be on the road.

There are two NT carparks at Hive Beach and the closest one to us is the western, grassed, one but that is usally closed in Winter to allow the ground to recover. There is a track down from this carpark to the Lookout. The rerouted cliffpath goes through this carpark.

A few yards further away is the eastern, gravel-based, carpark. From here, you can walk below the café and up to the Lookout.

Visitor Policy: 
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing or when training is taking place, this may not always be convenient, and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Monday, October 29, 2018
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Open until 17.00 or dusk, whichever is first. Closed Christmas Day.
50° 41.820' N
002° 43.376' W
OS Reference: 
SY 489 888
Station Post Code: 
Station Elevation: 
36'/11 metres
Visual features of station: 
White rectangular building with narrow external balcony. Flagpole on eastern side. Hive café terrace is immediately to the east.
Other identifying features: 
Visitors have a choice of two NT carparks although the higher, grassed, western one that is closest to the Lookout is usually closed in winter.
Local Hazards: 
Beware rabbit holes in the footpaths up to/down from the Lookout. The cliffs are very fragile and should not be climbed or sat under. Signs are in place warning of cliff falls.
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to NMOC Fareham
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
Station Telephone: 
01308 897778
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Lyme Bay NCI
Other Watch Information: 
Defibrillator available at Hive Beach Cafe, 30 yards from Station.
Visual Horizon: 
8.15 nautical miles
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Judy Clarke
Primary Contact role: 
Acting Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
Beach Road
Burton Bradstock

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