Coastwatch Run First Full Day Operation

telegraph tower 3The Islands’ new Coastwatch group ran their first full-day operation on Saturday.

Coastwatch is a voluntary organisation with units across the country keeping an eye on boats and water users along the coast.

Local organiser Murray Hodgson said they were excited to be able to run their first operation from the Coastguard tower at Telegraph and the team of six monitored all yachting and boating movements during the day.

There were no incidents reported, he said.

The team were helped by a senior watch keeper from Padstow, Michael Fisher, who helped with their training.

The Padstow station is manned seven days a week and has a team of forty volunteers, although Murray says here in Scilly he’s struggling to get more than eight volunteers.

That’s only enough for weekend operations he says.

The next watch will be during the busy August Bank Holiday weekend and Murray says they’ve had offers of equipment, like scanning radios and radar from other stations, which he hopes to have in place by then.

He’s also resolved the issues over access to the tower, which delayed the start of operations.

Murray says if they can get more volunteers, they could make more frequent watches.

Anyone interested in joining should contact Murray.