Incident - Yacht Engine Failure
Sunday 12 August Yacht reported engine failure to Solent CG and requested assistance. ILB launched and Exmouth NCI requested to observe. AWL launched. Both AWL and ILB stayed with yacht to await high water before facilitating tow to moorings. AWL escorted yacht back to moorings. Solent CG informed. No further action.
Congratulations to David Picking who has completed his assessment to become our latest watchkeeper, the 7th of the year to date.
Incident - Grounded Yacht
Monday 6 August Watchkeepers received call from Teignmouth NCI reporting yacht very close to Parsons Nose/Shag Rock and requesting observation from Exmouth lookout to ascertain possible grounding. No movement observed from yacht's position. After discussion with Teignmouth NCI, Solent CG informed who requested observation to continue. Local RIB from Teignmouth alongside and assisted yacht to refloat. Solent CG informed and no further action.
Incident - Swimmers In Danger
Sunday 5 August Three + swimmers observed by watchkeepers swimming across to Pole Sands in the path of vessels using the channel. Ch65 radio message also received from yacht in the vicinity reporting the danger. Solent CG informed who requested continuing monitoring and also instructed RNLI beach lifeguards to intervene. Lifeguards jet-ski established swimmers had returned to the beach. No further action.
Incident - Stranding
Friday 3 August Watchkeepers observed one adult and one child in possible danger of being stranded on the seaward side of Pole Sands. No sign of distress - Solent CG informed who requested observation continued. Speedboat picked up adult and child and headed towards Dawlish. Solent CG informed. No further action.