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.
Incident - Loose Tender
Morning watchkeepers Ian Coupe and Ivor Jones, as well as having their watchkeeping assessed, guided the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) to rescue a “dead Fred” on two occasions - our thanks to Harry, Scott and Charlie who crewed the ILB , and for the support of numerous RNLI personnel who made the exercise possible.