SO that a better watch can be kept to the north of Skegness where, over a number of years most casualties have occurred, Skegness Coastguard will be moving home — from their existing look-out at the end of the Pier to a brand new one at Winthorpe.
Since the beginning of this year it has been taking shape on a site at one end of the Derbyshire Miners’ Camp bathing pool at Winthorpe.
Coun. J. D. Williamson provided the site and also o approached the Coal Board with a view to them building it for the Coastguard service. They agreed and the result is a magnificent new look-out post in a near-perfect position.
Officer in charge of the Skegness station, Mr. C. Geere, said: A look-out post to the north of the Pier had become necessary because of the growth of inshore casualties, namely boats and bathers in distress, which seem to occur at this
end. were looking for a suitable site in the Winthorpe area for a long time, and then Coun. Williamson made his offer Not only that he also got the Coal
Board to that it for us. He’s certainly been very good to us.”
Painted blue and white, in keeping with the bathing pool decor, the new look-out dominates the sea wall and can be seen from far out at sea. It stands 20ft. or so above the wall, over a brick-built storage room which provides space for rockets and Other apparatus.
When installed in their look-out post Skegness Coastguards will have a clear and unobstructed view of a large slice of the coast, stretching from the Pier to Ingoldmells Point. This is the area where so many bathing tragedies have occurred and takes in
beaches used by Ingoldmells campers Its position in relation to the beaches is one of its main advantages. Others are its close
proximity to the Coastguard houses in Seathorne Crescent. allowing quick access by the two Coastguards. and that from this lookout a better visual watch can
be kept on the lifeboat when it is on a search.
Mr. Geere and Coastguardsman Bernard O’Reilly, the officers of the Station, are assisted by six auxiliary Coastguards : M. Greeves. K. Williams. T. W. Arliss, R. Teft, C. W. Hill and A. E. Hewison.
“WASTE OF TIME”
Their main duty is to take watches during bad weather so as to maintain a continuous watch. In time of shipwreck they operate as a lifesaving corps, when they assist shipwrecked mariners to the shore. The Coastguard service Scheme rates an Inshore Rescue
scheme and an Intelligence section.
People needing Coastguard
assistance should. says Mr. Geese ask the telephone operator for the service under the 999 emergency number.”
”Often they go straight through to to the police, who then have to contact us. In an emergency this is wasting precious time.”
The number of bathing tragedies in recent years has been one i of the prime factors for establishing ing a lookout post at Winthorpe.
Source: Skegness Standard 10th July 1963