Incident - Speedboat In Trouble?
Saturday 19 August Watchkeepers Ian Coupe and Paul Martin observed speedboat opposite Tower - possibly broken down. Informed Solent CG and asked to keep watching brief. Occupants seen using mobile phone and working on fuel line. Shortly afterwards speedboat got underway and returned to Exmouth. Solent CG informed.
Incident - Speedboat Engine Failure
Saturday 19 August Watchkeepers Ian Coupe and Paul Martin asked by Solent CG whether speedboat 'Laar' had been seen. Not seen but 'Laar' had broken down off Budleigh Salterton. CG requested Tower keep watching brief. 'Southern Angler' requested details. Exmouth ILB and Sidmouth lifeboat launched. Speedboat had been towed to shore and given advice on safety.
Incident - Loss of Power
Thursday 10 August Watchkeepers Nick Hearn and Ruth Burnett observed yacht 'Cherie' drop anchor on incoming tide in channel opposite Tower. Yacht continued drifting with tide. Assistance of lifeguards requested to determine if yacht had problem. Radio call from Exmouth ILB - launching and requested yacht location - opposite Octagon. Lifeguards called - assistance no longer required. ILB took yacht under tow and reported by radio when yacht back at mooring. Solent CG confirmed yacht had 'loss of power'.
Incident - Yacht Aground
Sunday 13 August Watchkeepers Zan Nye and Gary Sherman monitored radio call between yacht 'New Dawn' and Solent CG - yacht aground on Pole Sands near No 2 buoy bearing 150 degrees from Tower. Contacted Solent CG to report yacht under observation. Fishing vessel 'Puddle Duck' attempted unsuccessful tow. ILB arrived and assisted 'New Dawn' to drop anchor and retrieved her detached dinghy. 'New Dawn' later refloated on rising tide.