16th April 2022. The NCI station at Brancaster became fully operational on 15th April as a new stand-alone station. The following day, the watchkeepers spotted four people and their dog stranded on an island having been cut off by the tide. They informed HM Coastguard who tasked the Coastguard Rescue Team. NCI Hornsea watchkeepers guided them to the casualties and observed as an adult and child were recovered. The Coastguard hovercraft arrived soon after and removed the remaining people to safety.

 Pictured here is the NCI Brancaster Station Manager, John, and fellow NCI Colleagues Linda (National Head of Operations) and Glenice from NCI Cromer on a recent visitto the station. An NCI spokesperson said “On behalf of all at NCI, we wish John and his team many happy watchful years over Brancaster beach and the inshore waters”.


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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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