20th July 2020. On 16th May, the volunteers of the National Coastwatch Institution stations in England were given authorisation to resume operations, with the stations in Wales following suite about a fortnight later.
A few stations were involved in incidents on their first day of operations and in the first ten weeks after reopening, the organisation has dealt with over 150 incidents nationally – an average of just over two per day. With the summer holidays approaching, it looks to be a busier year than normal for the volunteers of the National Coastwatch Institution.
A spokesperson for the NCI said “The easing of lockdown rules and an increasing number of people choosing to holiday in the UK this year means that our coastal areas will be busier than ever. Our volunteer watchkeepers will be there keeping our eyes along the coast to help keep you safe.”