"Spotting and plotting" National Coastwatch is on the job
Image: National Coastwatch Mablethorpe, the latest station to open.
Hannah Finch has a terrific article in the Western Morning News about the National Coastwatch Institute, which has more than 40 stations round the country, manned by women and men volunteers, many of them young, who are the "eyes" of the Coastguard. They stepped in when the government in its greater wisdom decided to save money by closing coastguard stations.
Led by Jon Gifford, now 81, the 2,000 mariners, naval officers and sailors watch for life-or-death incidents along the coast, and are trained to deal with them.