Exmouth Coastwatch On The Air
Our thanks to Anthony Howell-Jones and Alan Campbell, together with members of the Exmouth Amateur Radio Club, for once again hosting our Exmouth NCI Radio Weekend earlier this month, celebrating 20 years of Exmouth NCI. There were about 50 visitors to Coastwatch House, not all to have a go on the radios, and 105 contacts were made with 19 countries, ranging from Europe to North Africa and Russia. It is hoped to extend future “NCI On The Air” events from other NCI stations.
Another New Watchkeeper
Following on from David Picking comes Nick Searle to become our latest watchkeeper. Congratulations and welcome.
Incident - Kitesurfer In Difficulty
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!