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Porth Dinllaen NCI wins award!

05/2012

The first National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Station to open in North Wales has been awarded Declared Facility Status and is now recognised as an integral part of the network of organisations providing safety, search and rescue around the coastline of the UK.

This award follows a rigorous assessment and is the culmination of 2 years hard work by NCI volunteers to refurbish the former Coastguard lookout at Porth Dinllaen near Morfa Nefyn and train a team of dedicated watchkeepers, who now keep watch over the north Llyn coast 353 days a year.

In particular the NCI team at Porth Dinllaen want to thank the local community for all the support they have received, the charity is entirely funded by donations from the public and it is only as a result of people’s generosity that the station is now open.

Invaluable assistance has also been received from HM Coastguard in Holyhead and the crew of the RNLI lifeboat from Porth Dinllaen, who assisted in the assessment and provided an exercise to test the response of the Coastwatch volunteers to an emergency situation.

Martin Moore from the NCI in Porth Dinllaen says “This is a real milestone for us, Porth Dinllaen was the first station in North Wales to open and we are proud to be recognised in this way, we hope we can contribute to the safety of everyone who uses the seas, coast paths and beaches around us”.

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities with the NCI in North Wales, at Porth Dinllaen and in several other locations where new stations have just opened or are being prepared. Most people can take part as training is provided and it can be enormously rewarding from the satisfaction of assisting someone in difficulties or just from enjoying the spectacular coastal surroundings.

Details of the NCI in North Wales can be found at www.nci-northwales.org.

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