Lifesavers who first spotted dead sperm whale in appeal for new volunteers

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A WINTHORPE-based group of lifesavers has appealed for more volunteers ahead of the 2012 season.

The National Coastwatch operates out of its coastguard tower in Winthorpe, where it keeps a watchful eye on tourists and seagoing craft.

The charity has been acting as a look-out on the local coastline since 2005 and moved into its existing base back in 2008.

“As the summer season will soon be upon us, we are looking for new reliable members to join our team,” said a spokesperson.

“With any age from 18 to 80 (gentlemen and ladies are welcome), they will be trained at their own pace to learn how to take bearings, read charts, recognise ships and distress signals and how to summon the correct emergency help.

“Many of our watchkeepers are retired or semi-retired and enjoy this fulfilling activity, which also gives something back to the community.

For more information call 01754 610900 or Roger Gilburd (Skegness Station Manager) on 01507 490878.

One of the group’s recent duties involved keeping a lookout on a dead sperm whale carcass.

It later washed ashore in Skegness, where it drew national attention.

But the unfortunate mammal was floating a couple of miles offshore for a week before it beached, and posed a hazard to shipping during that time. Members kept an eye on it to ensure it didn’t spring any unwelcome suprises on passing boats.