25th November 2020.  NCI Newhaven took part in a  two-minute silence that was held for the crew of a trawler that capsized off the Sussex coast.

Hundreds gathered at Newhaven lifeboat station, which had joined the search for three fishermen who were onboard the trawler Joanna C when it sank four days earlier. Skipper Dave Bickerstaff was rescued on Saturday and the body of 26-year-old Adam Harper was found by divers in the wreckage on Monday. Robert Morley, 38, from Pembrokeshire, is still missing.

 The Newhaven lifeboat crew who rescued Mr Bickerstaff joined the vigil, and the nearby National Coastwatch Institution lookout tower at Newhaven flew their flag at half mast and floodlit their tower as a mark of respect. Station Manager David Crozier said, “We floodlit our lookout at the request of one of the bereaved families because their son was frightened of the dark”.


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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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