Not One, But Two ......
Congratulations to Willie Beaton and Hugh de Souza on completing their assessments to become our latest Watchkeepers - the more the merrier!!
Watchkeepers On The Lookout
Yesterday morning's (18 Jul) Exmouth NCI watchkeepers, as well as keeping a visual watch for people on the water and the beach who may get into difficulties, were listening in on VHF radio to an unfolding incident south of Seaton. A 37 foot yacht had lost all steering and required assistance - this was provided by the RNLI Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat which towed the yacht back to Exmouth Marina. This was witnessed by the afternoon watchkeepers as can be seen above.
They also observed a kitesurfer having difficulty re-launching his kite who was towed back to shore by the RNLI Lifeguard, causing much excitement to a group of children from St Peter's School, on a visit to Coastwatch House, who witnessed this through binoculars.
All in a day's watchkeeping for Exmouth NCI Coastwatch.
This is Exmouth Coastwatch
Exmouth Coastwatch is one of the 50-strong network of National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) lookout stations around the UK’s coasts. We work with the Coastguard and the RNLI by keeping watch over the estuary and the beach 7 days a week in summer and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in winter.NCI stations form a national volunteer service which keeps a visual watch for people on the water and the beach who may get into difficulties.
At Exmouth, the sea approaches to the estuary can be dangerous in strong onshore winds and swell, as can the strong tidal and river streams inside the estuary mouth.
These present unique hazards to the variety of small boats, personal watercraft and bathers who make use of this marvellous leisure facility.
We are all volunteers. Being a watchkeeper is a responsible community role, but it’s also sociable and enjoyable. From the tower – above the Harbour View Café on Queen’s Drive – we have the best view of the lower Exe estuary! We always welcome people who want to join us, so follow the link here for more information.