Exmouth Coastwatch On The Air
On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August Exmouth NCI Coastwatch will be on the air with an Amateur Radio Station operating from Coastwatch House, adjacent to the Exmouth NCI Tower on Queens Drive, and will be open to the public from 10 am to 8 pm. The callsign will be GB8NCI.
Come and join us and talk to Radio Amateurs around the UK and Europe, and hopefully further afield. Members of Exmouth NCI Coastwatch will also be on hand to explain their voluntary work and duties.
We look forward to seeing you.
Our latest Watchkeeper, John Fendick, proudly sporting his epaulettes after a recent presentation whilst on watch in the Tower. Congratulations!!
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.
Ears along the coast
Whilst monitoring VHF Channel 0, Exmouth NCI watchkeepers heard a garbled message requesting assistance from two persons in a dinghy on the River Teign. Not hearing a reply they contacted our colleagues at Teignmouth NCI and Solent Coastguard, who confirmed the incident was being dealt with.
Better to be safe than sorry.