John Davies was presented with his 10 year certificate and badge and announced his retirement - our thanks to him for his contribution to Exmouth NCI as a watchkeeper and trainer. Our latest watchkeeper, Gary Sherman, was presented with his certificate and epaulettes. And welcome to Rena Evans who has recently joined.
Local Notices to Mariners
The Port of Exeter extends from Blackaller weir in the heart of the City to the safe water mark a mile or so out at sea off Exmouth . Exeter City Council is responsible for marking a navigation channel from the sea to just above Topsham. The Port area is subject to a maximum speed limit of 10 knots in the estuary and off shore. From time to time Local Notices to Mariners (Local NTM) are issued to alert water users of any activities which may affect their passage in the river and the estuary.
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.