Boscastle - QAVS

Welcome to the NCI Boscastle Lookout station.

NCI Boscastle is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

The lookout, once a Summerhouse then a coastguard tower, is painted white; the flagstaff usually flies Cornish and NCI flags. The Union flag flies on appropriate occasions.

Please note that, due to daylight restrictions, the Station may not open until 0900 during December and January and may close at 1900 during April and September.

Visitor Policy
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later.
Access

Access is through a gate off the South West Coast Path running from Boscastle to Tintagel

Local Hazards
Ponies graze on the headland all year, and cattle graze on the cliffs in the winter months. The ponies are friendly but make sure they know you are there, and do not approach from behind them. The cattle are normally docile, but if there are calves or if you have a dog give keep well clear of them.
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to CGOC Falmouth
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone and VHF Channel 65 during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
No
Station Telephone: 
01840 250965
Visual Watch: 
Yes
Radar Watch: 
Yes
NAVTEX: 
No
AIS Watch: 
Yes
CCTV Watch: 
To cover blind spot outside the harbour area.
DSC Watch: 
Yes
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
08
12
16
67
73
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
65
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Boscastle NCI
Visual Horizon: 
21 NM
Radar Horizon: 
22 NM

Station Info

Station Address
Old Coastguard Lookout
Boscastle
Cornwall
Station telephone number
01840 250965
Station email address
Station contact
Chris Evans
Station contact role
Station Manager
01566 781449
Summer opening
Open from: 
08:00
Open until: 
20:00
Days: 
Every Day
From: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Until: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Winter opening
Open from: 
08:00
Open until: 
16:00
Days: 
Every Day
From: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Until: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Location
Latitude: 
50 41.38' N
Longitude: 
004 42.30' W
OS Reference: 
SX 091 913
Station Elevation: 
320ft / 97 metres
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Visual features of station
A white tower on the headland west of Boscastle harbour.

About

Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2500 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point 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.

Contact


General enquiries
0300 111 1202

Media enquiries
0845 460 1202


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17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB