Coastwatch team on the lookout for volunteers

Deputy station officer Anne Kinsman on duty for Coastwatch St Monans (picture by John Kinsman)
Deputy station officer Anne Kinsman on duty for Coastwatch St Monans (picture by John Kinsman)
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The dedicated squad which visually patrols the coast along St Monans is on the lookout for more volunteers to man its station.

Coastwatch St Monans was set up in October 2013 and its base/lookout is at the Historic Windmill on The Braes in the East Neuk village.

But, with only four volunteers, station officer John Kinsman said the group needs more people willing to give up a few hours a week to make it grow.

St Monans is one of six Coastwatch Scotland stations around the country.

The uniformed volunteers give up a few hours a week to keep a visual check on coastal waters, beaches, shorelines, clifftops, and harbours, and monitor the international distress channel VHF CH16. They also monitor local wildlife for any problems.

Coastwatch Scotland does not get involved in rescue work but liaises closely with Coastguard Agency, Police Scotland and other emergency services.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can at Coastwatch St Monans’ lookout any Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday between 1.30pm and 4pm, email coastwatchstmonans@hush.com or call 0795471385. No experience is required, as full training will be provided.