Incident - Timber Flotsam
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.
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.