Bicton College students get insight into lifesaving work of Exmouth NCI

Students at Bicton College have been given an insight into the lifesaving work of Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI).

Volunteer watchkeepers from the UK’s fourth-busiest station were invited to give a presentation about their work last week.

It was given students studying for their two-year diploma in uniformed public service – who have chosen to support the NCI with a fundraising project.

They were told of the role the station on Queen’s Drive in Exmouth plays in the region’s integrated search-and-rescue community.

The presentation team will return in the coming weeks to hold a further two seminars for first-year degree students learning about the relationship between statutory services and the volunteer sector in emergency response.

Exmouth NCI station manager Ivor Jones said: “Working with Bicton College is a great example of sharing local knowledge, experience and expertise.

“Safety at sea is not just something students can learn about on the TV but is also a daily reality on the Exmouth coastline.”

Exmouth NCI’s Queen’s Drive lookout is manned by some 70 volunteer watchkeepers.

They listen out for Mayday calls and help mariners by providing them with the facility to check that their radio is working before a journey, and provide reports of inshore weather conditions.

The station on-watch seven days a week, every week of the year from 9am to 6pm.

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