Founded in 1998, Exmouth Coastwatch is one of the network of Look-Out Stations around the UK which comprise the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI); we are situated in the tower, right on the seafront above the Harbour View Cafe on Marine Parade in Exmouth, East Devon, next to the beach's Red Flag zone.
From this vantage point, we keep watch over the bay, the beach and the estuary 7 days a week in summer and every weekend in winter.The dangerous sea approaches to Exmouth, especially in strong onshore winds and swell, coupled with the large drying areas inside the Estuary and the strong tidal and river streams within, all present unique hazards to small boats, jet-skis, kitesurfers, windsurfers, paddleboarders, bathers, yachts, dinghies and canoes.
As part of the overall UK Search & Rescue capability, we undergo annual inspection by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to ensure that our stringent standards are maintained.
Sea Awareness Training 2014
Monday 21st April
. Dates for Members' Sea Awareness Training 2014 now available - please check your emails. If I've missed you, please contact Doc.
Beach Quality 2014 - Exmouth Does It Again !
Tuesday April 15th. For the second year running, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has awarded Exmouth Beach top marks for beach quality, according to the goodbeachguide.co.uk report published this morning.
New Lifeboat Imminent
Tuesday April 15th. Exmouth's new Shannon-class lifeboat, only the second of its class in the UK, will be delivered very soon. Weekend sea trials out of Poole are said to have gone very well. More news when we have it.
Dog Rescued from Cliffs
Wednesday April 9th. Coastguard officers from Exmouth and Beer were called out on Monday to rescue a dog which had gone over a cliff at Otter Cove, Sandy Bay, reportedly chasing a rabbit.
An Exmouth Coastguard spokesman said: “On arrival at Sandy Bay, the dog’s owners were quickly located and the location of the dog was established. Full cliff rescue equipment was set up and a rope rescue technician was deployed down the cliff. The dog - a previously white but now a very dirty, muddy brown young Alsatian - was recovered from the ledge to the top of the cliff and reunited with its owners, a little scared but none the worse for its ordeal.”
Exmouth Beach Springclean
Monday, April 7th. A discarded metal bin, a Bristol City Football Club cigarette lighter and a 1980s Tesco plastic yoghurt pot were just some of the many items picked up during a huge spring clean of Exmouth beach last weekend, organised by charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS). Further info - see 'Press Releases'
View From The Tower Returns
Friday 4th April. After unprecedented winter storms, this special view from our Coastwatch Tower returned this morning.
Supacat - Coming Soon
Exmouth RNLI's new launch and recovery vehicle has just arrived. Training sessions for its volunteer drivers are now taking place on the beach just along from the Coastwatch Tower. The L and RV will be used to launch Exmouth's new Shannon-class lifeboat, which will soon be arriving in Exmouth Marina for training. (Full Story - Exmouth Journal)