Exmouth Coastwatch and Viking Longboat
Exmouth Coastwatch were delighted to help the pupils of Exmouth Road Community Primary School with their project learning all about the Vikings. The project included having "in school" Viking days, Viking dress up days and latterly the construction of a Viking longboat so the pupils could enact a Viking funeral which meant they wanted to launch a self-made model longboat from Exmouth beach and setting it on fire.
We were delighted to support the pupils through the head teacher, Paul Gosling, by providing safety advice prior to the day and ensuring the Coastwatch lookout was manned for the duration by Ian Coupe and Hugh De Souza who kept a very interested Solent Coastguard briefed on the progress of the funeral pyre as it moved with the falling tide to ultimately become beached with just embers remaining which were cleared by the pupils.
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! We always welcome people who want to join us, so follow the link here for more information.
Congratulations to recently qualifed watchkeepers Karen Goldby and Dave Canniford who were presented with their certificates and epaulettes, making 12 new watchkeepers in total in the year to date......
...while Siobhan is reliving her time in Australia with the Exmouth Volunteer Marine Rescue.