29 August 2023 NCI hopes to create a local station at Burnham-on-Sea.

NCI Burnham-On-Sea will be a brand new charity for this area, providing ‘Eyes Along The Coast’ for HM Coastguard  to help keep the coast, beaches, coastal paths and inshore waters safe.
A spokesman said: “The new volunteer Watchkeepers are absolutely thrilled that after a 10 month application process, they have been awarded a substantial grant by the Hinkley Point C Community Grant Fund via the Somerset Community Foundation.”
”The money will completely fund a brand new portable style station, subject to planning, on Burnham-On-Sea seafront, and some of the special equipment needed to carry out their life-saving voluntary watches.”
“The volunteers thank both the HPC Community Grant Fund and the Somerset Community Foundation for their support and for awarding the generous grant.”

NCI Burnham-On-Sea are recruiting volunteer Watchkeepers to start training prior to the arrival of the new station. No maritime expertise is necessary as full training is provided. For more information, go to

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Currently almost 60 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteer watchkeepers around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Filey in North 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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