8th November 2021. Today the National Coastwatch Institution station at Gwennap Head and the RNLI Lifeboat from Sennen Cove undertook a combined training exercise.

The object of the exercise was for the Watchkeepers at NCI Gwennap Head to direct the lifeboat to an orange buoy that had been deployed by the lifeboat crew. The lifeboat then sped away and then returned to pick up the buoy under the radio directions of the volunteer Watchkeepers. A spokesperson for NCI Gwennap Head said “Considering the current was shifting the orange buoy westwards at about 4knots in a swell it was no mean feat. It makes you realise how difficult it would be to see a small head in such conditions. Each of our Watchkeepers took a turn at directing the boat back to the buoy after the lifeboat had deployed it and began to return to find it. We learnt a lot and it was good to be working together with RNLI Sennen Cove and her crew. We hope to repeat this exercise frequently to increase our abilities in the safety and our Eyes along the Coast”.

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Currently 57 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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