WHITE EAGLE CHRISTMAS PARTY
NEWS FROM RHOSCOLYN LOOKOUT
This photograph of our station was taken on Christmas Day 2019 by the watch keeper on duty, Mike Ripley. And yes during 2019, our station was open 365 days with one or more watch keepers on duty every day, even in the harshest winter weather, when the strength of the wind can make just getting up to the lookout a battle against the elements.
On the 10th December David Hughes and Trevor Sturrock valiantly kept watch for the whole day during storm Atiyah braving winds up to force 11.
Christmas day by contrast was sunny and relatively warm so it was not surprising to see many walkers both locals and visitors strolling over the headland and on the beach, many calling into the station to wish the watch keeper Merry Christmas. There were also kayakers out exploring the islands around the beacon enjoying the calm seas and clear air.
Boxing day saw a reversion to wind and rain but that didn’t stop several brave souls plunging into the sea at Borthwen and our watch keeper also kept an eye on some paddle boarders and a mountain biker ploughing through the wind and rain over Rhoscolyn headland.
There were no ‘incidents’ as such during December that required us to call the other search and rescue services but when our watch keepers are scanning the horizon for any vessels at sea or people on land at possible risk there are often unexpected rewards: On 2nd December Jo Jones’ vigilance paid off when she spotted a pod of 15 or so dolphins heading north less than 2 cables from the station (see Jo’s picture on the Nature page)
This year the NCI volunteers were given a space in St Cybi’s church, Holyhead, to decorate a tree and promote our organisation and its activities. Above is a picture of our tree and some of the decorators. Our tree was entirely made of recycled materials, shells and rubbish collected from local beaches as a small way of drawing attention to the need for all of us to care for the marine environment in whatever way we can.
We look forward to 2020 with a stronger team with several able and committed new members and we thank the many people who have supported us in various ways throughout 2019.
Blyddyn Newydd Dda
Rhoscolyn NCI Press Officer
To find out more about Rhoscolyn NCI, or volunteer to join the team of watchkeepers, contact the Station Manager, John Wilson, on 01407 740 573