Scilly’s Coastwatch To Restart Weekend Operations

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Telegraph Tower

The islands’ fledgling Coastwatch group says they now have enough volunteers to start regular weekend services through the summer.

The national organisation, which looks out for mariners in distress, started their first watches last year from the Telegraph Tower on St Mary’s, but put operations on hold in August because of too few volunteers.

But organiser Murray Hodgson says several more people came forward over the winter, doubling their numbers. This means they can staff two four-hour watches each day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, when users are most likely to be out on the water, starting on the 4th May.

These will run every weekend until the end of September.

Murray says other local Coastwatch stations have offered them advice and equipment, including the gift of high quality binoculars and a stand from the Cape Cornwall group. They’ve also made some alterations to the Telegraph Tower to make it more user friendly, he says.

The group feel there isn’t enough demand for their service over the winter when it’s quieter, particularly as Scilly has lots of other water users, like the boatmen, keeping an eye out.

The group are still keen to recruit more watchkeepers and are holding an open evening this Thursday (18th April) in the Church Pavilion, from 5pm to 8pm. Murray says they’ll have posters giving information on the group and they’ll be showing a DVD of Coastwatch in action.

3 Responses to Scilly’s Coastwatch To Restart Weekend Operations

  1. Scillylove April 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I think the need for sarcasm scillyme is a polite way of expressing the residents annoyance of having people in your home for twice a day = 8 hours, without being informed of it. Coast watch is very important im sure karen agrees, but this should have been discussed with her and her partner. Xx

  2. Scillyme April 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Why the need to be sarcastic in the first comment – obviously there must be another tower on the island called Telegraph Tower.

    I have to agree with the second point that is made.

  3. Karen Grace April 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Being the resident of Telegraph Tower I would love to know what alterations have been made to the Tower to make it more user friendly !!!! obviously there must be another tower on the island called Telegraph Tower.

    Secondly I have no crystal ball or psychic powers so it would be nice if coastwatch informed or even liased with me and my partner about usage of facilities at Telegraph Tower when decisions are being made.