National Coastwatch for Mablethorpe
The Team were established in 2009, and awarded the Queens' Award for Voluntary service in the 2013 Jubilee Honours list. The team of Volunteers are the eyes along the coast, 365 days of the year watching from their Watch Station overlooking North Beach, Mablethorpe.
The Team deal with all sorts of incidents from Lost Children, and finding of washed up ordnance to emergencies at sea such as Jet Skiers in difficulties and children being washed out to sea on air beds. Their mantra is SPOT! PLOT! REPORT! - all incidents are reported to HM Coastguard Operations Centre for action. This year, 2016, to date, we have dealt with four emergency incidents all of which had successful happy outcomes.
The station is supported entirely by voluntary public contributions and the team even supply their own uniforms.
Mablethorpe Coastwatch are always looking for new volunteers who are trained at their own pace to achieve a standard recognised by HM Coastguard. The team is a Declared Facility as part of the local Search and Rescue Organisation.
To join, please contact either call at the Station on Sea View Car Park, Quebec Road, Mablethorpe, (entrance opposite The Loewen Cinema) or call 01507 477642 for more information. A recruit is somebody who wishes to give to the community and is aged over 18 years (for insurance purposes). For More information on National Coastwatch nationally - www.nci.org.uk
The Station is operational 365 days a year between 0930 to 1730 in summer and 1000 to 1600 during the winter months, the change in hours coincides with the change of clock hours. Visitors are always welcome at the station.
Finally, Tony Worth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, when awarding us the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, commented "these volunteers are Lincolnshire's best kept secret!"
We are THE EYES ALONG THE COAST!