NCI Mablethorpe

Opening in May 2009, National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Mablethorpe is one of the 50 Coastwatch stations, around the coast of England and Wales. Since 2010, we are located in the Sea View Car Park, Quebec Road, Mablethorpe. Our original location was a beach chalet on the Promenade.

NCI Mablethorpe has Declared Facility Status, meaning that we are a part of the UK Search & Rescue (SAR) Organisation.

Declared Facility Certificate

In 2013 we were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), an annual award made to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups serving their community.

Queens Award

Manned by trained volunteers. we keep a daily visual watch on our surrounding sea and shoreline. Operating in all weathers, we monitor marine radio channels, sea conditions and weather, using radar and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. Our watchkeepers are trained to act in an emergency. All emergencies are reported to the appropriate authorities for action, including the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and HM Coastguard, the RNLI, and the other emergency services.

Our volunteers are given training in visual observation techniques, marine chart-work, Ordnance Survey mapping, critical reporting, Marine radio procedures, and radar. We make sure all our volunteers reach the standards expected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Mablethorpe Station Officers:

  • Trustee: Mr Ian Whalley
  • Station Manager: Mr Rob Druce
  • Team Secretary: Mr Keith Arthey
  • Deputy Station Manager/s: Mrs Val Jackson, Mr Malcolm Drewery
  • Treasurer: Mrs Elaine Dennis-Skuce
  • Health & Safety Officer: Mr Gordon Leesley
  • Press & Publicity Coordinator: Mr Paul Russell
  • Technical Officer: Mr Gordon Leesley
  • Training Officer: Mr Malcolm Drewery
  • Almoner: Mr Les Tietjen
  • Pastoral Care: Revd. Phil Greetham
  • Event Coordinator: Mr Peter Skin

About the National Coastwatch Institution

The NCI was set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along the UK shores after many small Coastguard stations closed. NCI is a registered charity managed by a board of Trustees with a Constitution agreed by the Charities Commission.

Currently, there are 50 Coastwatch stations around the coast, manned by over 2000 volunteers. In 2015 over 240,000 hours of organised coastal surveillance were completed, all free of charge.