These volunteers assist and report directly to H.M. Coastguard who annually test the stations for the granting of Declared Facility Status thus ensuring that we can summon a rapid response from the appropriate emergency service to any problem that may arise.

High technology and sophisticated systems such as radar and telecommunications have vastly improved safety at sea, but there is no substitute for a watchful pair of eyes. Accidents do happen and a computer or technology cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat, a yacht with problems, a water sports enthusiast in difficulty, or children or adults in trouble, or possible pollution incidents. That is why our lookouts and watchkeepers are an important service provider to all those who use our coastal waters, footpaths and coastline.    

HARTLEPOOL Coastwatch (part of the Sea Safety Group) is a voluntary manned lookout station that opens seven days a week, 365 days a year (from 08:00 until 16:00 or longer if needs demand)
It is stationed at the top of the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club and commanding an excellent view of the Tees Bay and surrounding coastline.

Tel: 01429 274931

Station Secretary: Bill Wilson

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