LOCAL EXMOUTH INCIDENTS - 2018
6 June Solent CG requested if yacht with red sails about 2 nm off Dawlish Warren was visual. Confirmed yacht was visible bearing 195 about 3 to 4 miles heading East. One PoB in stern and all appeared to be in order. Later reported to Solent CG that yacht making steady progress in easterly direction. NFA.
3 June Solent CG requested if yacht 'Grace' aground on bearing 115 was visible. Advised it was visible but in no danger - sitting on bilge keel. Solent CG requested continual observation. 'Grace' later refloated and returned to Exmouth. Reported to Solent CG.
31 May Solent CG requested if 22ft long yacht 'Loose Breaker', drifting off Dawlish, was visible in poor visibility having received a PAN PAN call with one PoB and no VHF. Reported visual but visibility reducing. Visibility continued to reduce. Sidmouth and Exmouth ILBs in attendance. Exmouth ILB towed casualty into Exmouth where ambulance was in attendance.
28 May Watchkeepers observed 5 persons (3 children, 2 adults) on Pole Sands with grounded inflatable awaiting assistance. Solent CG informed and observation continued. Exmouth ILB tasked to assist - 5 persons taken ashore and inflatable recovered.
19 May Watchkeepers observed motor launch drifting with stopped engine. Reported to Solent CG. A short while later the engine was restarted and the motor launch headed into Exmouth harbour at slow speed. Solent CG informed. No further action.
9 May Watchkeepers observed yacht drifting off Exe Buoy and monitored slow drift towards No 5 buoy. Solent CG informed and later that yacht was under tow and dinghy that had come loose had been recovered. Solent CG informed yacht returned to marina under power. No further action.
21 April MoP reported stranded shark in rock pools opposite RNLI station. Report passed to Solent CG who confirmed they would act. MoP and ukstrandings.org also informed of action taken. Shark returned to the water by MoP.
10 April Watchkeepers contacted by Solent CG to request observation on a motor boat reported adrift in the Exe estuary. Vessel being towed by Exmouth Harbourmaster to mooring buoy near Marina entrance. Observation stood down.
2 April Watchkeepers Dick Barton and Jan Stobo contacted by Solent CG and requested to observe a paddleboarder who had been reported by MoP possibly to be in difficulty off Dawlish Warren. Paddleboarder identified walking on Pole Sands. Solent CG informed and observation continued. Solent CG telephoned again to request observation on another report by MoP of a paddleboarder in difficulty. Nothing identified but paddleboarder returned to shore shortly after. Solent CG informed.
29 March Watchkeepers Dick Barton and Val Ayling contacted by Solent CG and requested to observe a swimmer who had been reported possibly to be in difficulty off Dawlish Warren. An indistinct sighting had been reported to the CG. Watchkeepers reported to Solent CG that the object under observation appeared to be a barrell. Observation continued and CG helicopter was deployed in search. Exmouth NCI eventually stood down while CG helicopter continued search.
22 March Watchkeepers Zan Nye, Ian Coupe and Hugh De Souza observed a large piece of wood 3 - 4 metres in length drifting past the Tower on the outgoing tide. Reported to Solent CG who logged it as under local observation - no further action.
25 February Watchkeepers John Cox and Andrew Swann contacted by Solent CG to request observation of a windsurfer who had been reported to possibly have been in difficulty. Observation continued until windsurfer returned to shore.
24 February Member of public (MoP) contacted watchkeepers Siobhan Dobbs and Jan Saunders to report a kayak that had gone adrift off Budleigh beach and heading towards Exmouth. Solent CG informed of incident, description of kayak and contact details of MoP. Exmouth CRT were tasked to retrieve the kayak.
7 January Member of public (MoP) reported to watchkeepers Barry Davis and Karen Goldby a beached dolphin on the west side of Sandy Bay. MoP given Solent CG number to ring and Exmouth NCI informed British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) directly. BDMLR rang Exmouth NCI to say they were sending a medic to attend and a radio message from HMCG Exmouth Mobile unit reported that they were also attending.
7 January Watchkeepers Ivor Jones and Brian Roberts observed a partially submerged object, possibly a small boat, opposite the Tower on an ebbing tide. Solent CG informed and the ILB tasked to investigate. Exmouth NCI lost sight of the object, which could not be located by the ILB, and the incident was closed.
1 January To welcome in the New Year watchkeepers Ian Coupe and Siobhan Dobbs reported to Solent CG a small dinghy, approx 2m long, washed up on the beach in front of the Premier Inn. Solent CG tasked the ILB to examine. NCI Exmouth reported details to the EDDC Beach Safety Officer. ILB suggested that HMCG report details to EDDC Street Scene. Solent CG requested contact details from Exmouth NCI.