Congratulations to Brian Roberts on completing his assessment to become our newest Watchkeeper, with more in line to swell the watchkeepers even further.
Incident - Stranded persons
Friday 22 September Watchkeepers Ian Coupe and Dick Barton contacted by Solent CG to request observation of two persons stranded on Bull Hill at the mouth of the Exe estuary. Solent CG advised persons spotted and clothing described - watchkeepers asked to maintain visual observation. Stranded persons picked up by water taxi and transferred to ILB who landed them at Exmouth marina. Click here to read more about it.
Incident - PanPan Call
Thursday 21 September Watchkeepers David Lowder and Ivor Jones contacted by Solent CG, who had received a corrupted pan-pan urgency call picked up by the Berry Head receiver. The only readable part of the message was "MMS 75300". Solent CG requested we maintain a visual and radio watch but nothing heard or observed by the end of the daily watch.
Incident - Speedboat Engine Failure
Sunday 17 September Watchkeepers Mike Dance and Willie Beaton monitored radio comms between Solent CG and speedboat 'Orca II' reporting loss of power and requesting assistance. Solent CG requested details of 'Orca II', position believed to be off Orcombe Point. Solent CG informed that 'Orca II' had been logged passing Tower heading in easterly direction. Another vessel 'Magic' radioed that they had 'Orca II' under tow and were returning to Exmouth. 'Orca II' under tow by 'Magic' logged returning to Exmouth and Solent CG informed.