Telephone for general enquiries 0300 111 1202
For press and media enquiries   0845 460 1202
Postal Address: 17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB


Welcome to NCI Caister lookout station.

The NCI watchroom occupies the former Lifeboat Station look-out by kind invitation of the Independent Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service. The Station was initially opened in 2011 and formally, in 2012, by the local BBC television journalist and broadcaster, Susie Fowler-Watt.

The station at Caister is unique amongst NCI look-outs in that it is situated within operational lifeboat facilities as opposed to redundant Coastguard watchstations more usually taken over by the charity. That said, despite our unique location, we are no different to our NCI colleagues elsewhere; whilst we have a close working relationship with the Caister Lifeboat, we adhere to strict NCI protocols regards the recording and reporting of incidents and - unless directed by the Coastguard - do not get directly involved in Search and Rescue operations.

Access : 

Access is via the Coastal Car Park on Beach Road or via Tan Lane footpath

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. Visitors should also be aware that the watchroom is accessed by steep stairs; there is no disabled access
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Summer watches are kept from the start of BST. Additionally, with effect from 1 July 2017, the station will remain open until 1900 (Fri to Sun) for public safety, to cover school holidays at peak times when parents/guardians are likely to be off work and therefore use the beach, together with their children.
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Winter watches begin at the end of BST.
Opening Hours

During Lifeboat call outs or DFS/HMCG emergencies after hours, if called upon.

52° 38.74' N
1° 44.21' E
OS Reference: 
TG 528119
Station Post Code: 
NR30 5DJ
Station Elevation: 
20 Feet. 6 Metres
Visual features of station: 
The lookout is in a distinctive, curved-roof, red building situated above the Heritage Centre of the Independent Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service. It has a commanding 5 mile panoramic view of the East Coast and Scroby Sands Wind Farm. An information Board on the north elevation of the building provides details of Caister NCI and indicates when 'on watch'. NCI-logo windchasers provide additional notice to beach users that the station is open.
Local Hazards: 
Sand dunes suffer from multiple rabbit and badger holes. The old sea groynes can be exposed at some tide states.
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to CGOC Humber
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
Station Telephone: 
07527 977613
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
CCTV Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
M1 (ch 37)
M2 (ch 80)
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Caister NCI
Other Watch Information: 
Radio Watch Monitoring • Caister Lifeboat Beach Channel and 5Kw UHF To nearby Stations
Visual Horizon: 
9 miles
Radar Horizon: 
Radar fitted but not declared for DFS purposes
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Frank Lappin
Primary Contact role: 
Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
07719 413622
The Lifeboat Station
Tan Lane
Caister On Sea
NR30 5DJ

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