At our meeting on Thursday 9 January, we had 27 attendees and the speaker was Dave Crozier from The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) who assist HM Coastguard in the protection and preservation of life at sea and along the United Kingdom coastline.
There are currently 56 NCI stations around the British Isles, manned by over 2600 volunteers who are the eyes and ears along the coast. Formed 25 years ago due to the closure of the Coastguard Station at Bass Point in Cornwall, locals joined together to voluntarily keep watch on this dangerous piece of coastline during daylight hours, 365 days of the year, and from this small beginning the whole NCI organisation grew. HRH The Princess Royal is their Patron.
When on watch they ‘Spot, Watch and Report’ looking out for people, animals and objects that may be in trouble in the sea or cause a problem along the coast: they are the eyes and ears of HM Coastguard. NCI is always looking for new volunteers to help with the massive task of keeping our coastline safe and anyone can volunteer to be a member: training takes 6-12 months and they need to be over 18.
It was a very interesting and informative talk, more details on their website www.nci.org.uk
The next meeting of Seaford Chamber is Thursday 6th February 2020