Porthcawl watchers are second-busiest in UK | News

Saturday, 9 February 2019

– Local People

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The National Coastwatch station at Porthcawl opened in 2016 and with a crew of 40 volunteer watchkeepers, it operates seven days a week all year round, keeping a visual and radio watch for vessels and individuals which may be in difficulty.

The station handled a total of 62 incidents in 2018, representing a 40 per cent increase over the 2017 figures and making it the second busiest station in the UK for the second year running.

These incidents were varied in nature, ranging from stranded porpoises to full Mayday scenarios, during which the station works closely with other organisations such as the local Coastguard rescue teams at Porthcawl and Llantwit Major, Porthcawl RNLI and the lifeguard teams.

Our new CCTV system has been installed, tested and proven to be a vital addition to our station. We now have coverage of both Newton and Rest Bays, areas which were previously difficult to monitor.

In a probable ‘UK first’ for the station, secure CCTV links have been provided for both HM Coastguard and the RNLI, allowing them to monitor incidents which have been reported within those areas.

Porthcawl NCI have a major fundraising event on Thursday, March 28 at the Grand Pavilion – a choral evening featuring Kenfig Hill and District Male Voice Choir, their youth choir Crescendo and the children’s choir Da Capo.

The evening also features special guest soloist Charlotte Vaughan (who appeared in the West End production Phantom of the Opera) and is compered by Mr Dean Powell. Tickets are available from the Grand Pavilion box office.

All proceeds benefit Porthcawl NCI.

Porthcawl NCI is volunteer-run and self-funding, relying on such events as this to allow us to provide our coastal surveillance facility in Porthcawl and the surrounding areas.

Nick Weedon

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