National Coastwatch Institution

SOS Radio Week now also supports the invaluable work of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) volunteers that provide vital eyes along the coastline to keep people safe.

The NCI was established in 1994 to restore the visual monitoring of the UK shoreline that disappeared when many of the coastguard lookouts were closed.

Staffed entirely by volunteers there are now in excess of fifty
operational coastwatch stations and 2,100 watchkeepers capable of reporting persons in difficulty that radar and radio communications alone cannot.

During 2018 the NCI reported over five-hundred incidents, a figure that has been steadily rising since 2012.

The NCI is funded entirely by voluntary donations and further funds will not only help to maintain existing stations, but also re-open new stations to extend the cover offered.