A watch for emergencies at sea
A contact point for emergencies on shore
The station is totally dependent on the generosity of individuals, companies, and other organisations for funding.
Over £30,000 was raised to get this station operational. Can you help keep it running? If so, please click here.
Over 60 trained and qualified volunteer watchkeepers share daylight watches operating every day of the year. Watchkeepers observe activity throughout the sea area within the wide view of the watch station. The station is equipped with telescopes, radar, radio, telephone and weather instrumentation as well as up to date charts. Through close cooperation with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), NCI at Froward Point initially earned its "Declared Facility Status" in 2007, enabling us to become an integral part of the National Search and Rescue structure. Each year since then we have been tested and found to be more than adequate to continue in this role.
Our watchkeepers are the eyes and ears along the coast, keeping a visual watch, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. The work is mainly routine but watchkeepers are trained to act in an emergency, report to the MCA and if required co-ordinate with the search and rescue services. This includes potential emergencies involving the many walkers who use the coast path which passes the Station as well as incidents at sea.
A handy A5 laminated sheet giving basic details of the NCI stations in our locality is available from the watch station or by mail.
You can download a PDF of this sheet here.