25th January 2020. The team from NCI Great Orme were recently invited to visit HM Coastguard search and rescue base at Caernarfon.

 Watch-keepers from NCI Great Orme were invited to visit the HM Coastguard UK Search and Rescue base at Caernarfon Airport. The team were warmly welcomed by Captain Martin Shepherd and his crew who gave them an in-depth tour of the base and the ins and outs of their magnificent Sikorsky S92 rescue helicopter. They also explained their various operations and the capabilities of the Sikorsky S92 with its state-of-the-art technology. 

 Great Orme Training Officer Tony Bale said about the Sikorsky helicopter “ One can only say what a ‘magnificent bird’.  We all miss the iconic Sea King but this is truly something different. The Red and White Bird will be viewed in a different light when it flies over our Lookout and will always get a thumbs up from the watch-keepers - and if the Winch-man fancies coming down on the wire for a brew he will be very welcome!”

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Currently 56 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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