Coastline's last line of defence
THEY may not have found any drug-smugglers, but the National Coastwatch Institution volunteers do a tremendous job protecting our coastline.
The watch keepers are an important – essential – part of efforts to keep people safe in the bay area.
These coastal guardians give up their own time to man their post and spot any boats, swimmers or surfers in difficulty.
Indeed, the whole initiative was born out of tragedy, after two fishermen lost their lives back in 1994 – and no doubt countless people have this reliable group to thank for saving their lives over the years.
With the closure of many smaller coastguard stations around the country, it now falls to the watch keepers to provide the extra support needed to monitor the waters around us, and provide a vital link to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, who can coordinate search and rescue missions.
It's perhaps unsurprising but nevertheless concerning that Swansea Bay could be used for unsavoury activity, seen by criminals as a potential location to bring their drugs ashore undetected.
But our watch keepers are determined to keep them out, and stem the flow of drugs into South Wales.
And no doubt there's at least one lobster fisherman in Swansea grateful for their efforts in uncovering what happened to the day's catch.