LOCAL EXMOUTH INCIDENTS - 2017
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.