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Neuk coastal safety unit looks out for volunteers

Coastwatch Scotland - St Monans - John Kinsman and Ann Kinsman. April 2014

Coastwatch Scotland - St Monans - John Kinsman and Ann Kinsman. April 2014

A new St Monans-based group keeping an eye on the East Neuk coastline is on the lookout for more volunteer members.

Coastwatch Scotland was founded in 2008 as a coastal safety and monitoring organisation, run entirely by volunteers, and the East Neuk unit was set up last October.

But with only three members, it now needs more people willing to give at least a few hours a week to help it grow.

Former coastguard John Kinsman, of St Monans, who started the local group, explained that while Coastwatch Scotland did not do rescue work, it worked closely with the Maritime Coastguard Agency, Police Scotland and the RNLI.

Currently there are six units - Irvine, Tay/Dundee. Forth/St Monans, Forth/Bo’ness, Forth/Granton and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The uniformed volunteers give up a few hours a week to keep visual watch on coastal waters, beaches and harbours and monitor the international distress channel VHF Ch 16. They also monitor local wildlife for any problems.

If you would like more information about volunteering contact John on 07954717385 or email coastwatchstmonans@hush.com

 

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