Baggy Points well-known coastguard pole has been returned to pride of place after a public appeal. The old pole had stood for 80 years but became rotten after almost a century of North Devon weather. Last year the National Trust ran an appeal to raise funds to replace it, and thanks to the generosity of both locals and visitors more than £3,000 was raised towards a new base and pole. The new pole, was hand-made in the West Country from a larch tree, and is almost exact replica of the original. That was used as a training tool by coastguards, who would climb it and also practise throwing a breeches buoy line to it as they would the mast of a stricken ship. Similar to a modern zip wire, people would be rescued from a shipwreck one at a time, towed over the waves clinging to the buoy. Lead National Trust ranger Rob Linskill said: Although modern technology has superseded the use of a coastguard pole for our rescue services, theres no doubt that its an important landmark on Baggy Point, and a monument to the dangerous work our coastal rescue services do for us. We are extremely grateful for everyones donations which has allowed us to restore one of the few remaining training poles that remain in the UK.