LOCAL EXMOUTH INCIDENTS - 2017
13 Aug Watchkeepers Zan Nye and Gary Sherman monitored radio call between yacht 'New Dawn' and Solent CG - yacht aground on Pole Sands near No 2 buoy bearing 150 degrees from Tower. Contacted Solent CG to report yacht under observation. Fishing vessel 'Puddle Duck' attempted unsuccessful tow. ILB arrived and assisted 'New Dawn' to drop anchor and retrieved her detached dinghy. 'New Dawn' later refloated on rising tide.
10 Aug Watchkeepers Nick Hearn and Ruth Burnett observed yacht 'Cherie' drop anchor on incoming tide in channel opposite Tower. Yacht continued drifting with tide. Assistance of lifeguards requested to determine if yacht had problem. Radio call from Exmouth ILB - launching and requested yacht location - opposite Octagon. Lifeguards called - assistance no longer required. ILB took yacht under tow and reported by radio when yacht back at mooring. Solent CG confirmed yacht had 'loss of power'.
6 Aug Watchkeepers John Cox and Andrew Hinton contacted by Solent CG to keep an eye on vessel bearing 140 degrees 4 miles from Tower with no power and needing tow. CG call for any vessel to assist. Exmouth AWL launched and took vessel under tow into harbour.
4 Aug Watchkeepers Anthony Howell-Jones and Ivor Jones informed Solent CG that mobile pier on beach was defective and would be a danger to navigation if submerged by incoming tide. Marker buoy secured and Harbourmaster and RNLI lifeguards maintained watch until repairs effected.
31 Jul Watchkeepers John Cox and Val Ayling contacted by Solent CG requesting observation of two children reported to be floating out to sea on a rubber ring. Also contacted by RNLI with similar request. Nothing sighted. ILB launched to investigate and reported that MoP who first raised the alarm had seen the children come ashore assisted by a swimmer who had gone to their aid.
16 Jul Watchkeepers Paul Martin and Marion Ricketts contacted by a passing vessel reporting a loose tender found in Exmouth channel. The tender appeared to belong to a Teignmouth vessel. Exmouth NCI informed Teignmouth NCI of the details of the tender which was towed into Exmouth Marina.
2 Jul Watchkeepers Ian Coupe and Gary Sherman received call from M&S Charters reporting a swimmer in the red flag area about 150m East of the Tower and in danger of being 'run down'. Conducted visual sweep of area and requested RNLI Lifegaurds conduct similar search. No swimmer located in the danger area and no further action taken.
26 May Watchkeepers Bryan Scotting and Mike Greenwood observed group of teenagers swimming ashore from Pole Sands. One appeared to be in difficulty but was helped ashore by other members of the group. Solent CG phoned following a call from m.o.p. who had witnessed incident. Solent CG were informed that we had observed the incident and were satisfied that the swimmer was safely ashore without the need for further medical assistance.
26 May Watchkeepers Charles Darke and Val Mewse requested by Solent CG to observe jet ski reported to be sinking off Orcombe Point. No jet ski visible but reported that jet ski had been spotted heading east a short time previously. Solent CG were launching the ILB.
25 May Watchkeepers Hugh Sutherland and Gordon Betteridge advised Solent CG of yacht going aground while crossing Pole Sands heading West. Yacht kept under observation and refloated on rising tide before resuming passage up the Exe estuary.
23 May Watchkeepers Keith Burden and Mike Fowler contacted by Solent CG requesting a visual sighting on a large vessel reported to them by a member of the public. The vessel had been illuminated nightly for a number of days. Exmouth NCI identified the vessel as the Dutch tug 'Multrasalver' moored four miles off Exmouth on a bearing of 192 degrees, which was believed to be working on the Dawlish Warren sand transfer. Solent CG will report to member of the public.
25 Apr Watchkeepers Nick Hearn and Ian Coupe, carrying out maintenance on the Tower, contacted by Solent CG and asked to carry out visual surveillance on two paddle boarders in distress off Pole Sands about 1nm from the Tower. ILB launched, two casualties observed being taken on board and subsequently returned to the Lifeboat Station.
01 Apr Motor boat 'Blue Water' drifting East past Tower with motor boat 'Odyssey' attempting to tow. Contacted Solent CG - NCI requested to monitor. 'Blue Water/Odyssey' alongside each other proceeding West and finally entered Marina.
31 Mar RIB drifting East past Tower with engine failure. Solent CG informed - request NCI continue to monitor. Solent CG informed NCI that RIB had made 999 call and RNLI informed. RNLI recovered RIB to RNLI ramp.
27 Mar Motor boat 'Happy Hooker' sighted by watchkeepers Mary Hazlewood and Siobhan Dobbs aground in Western Passage on outgoing tide at 1245. Reported to Solent CG, advised that tide would turn in one hour, and continued to observe. Solent CG informed 'Happy Hooker' refloated at 1407.
29 Jan RNLI reported that a member of the public was concerned about a kitesurfer down. Watchkeepers Marion Ricketts and Dee Scott observed until kitesurfer was safely on shore.