Incident – Inflatable Adrift

Watchkeeper observed two males on inflatable drifting eastwards on outgoing tide towards Pole Sands. Telephoned RNLI Lifeguards to request assistance. PWC launched. Casualties retrieved and returned to shore safely.

Incident – Engine Failure

Following call on Ch 65, watchkeeper located vessel with engine failure off Dawlish and advised HMCG of bearing etc. 3 POB. As requested by HMCG, asked vessel to communicate with HMCG on Ch 73. RIB Lunacy and MLI Thunder arrived on scene. Continued observation and listened in on communications between HMCG and rescue boats. Thunder towed casualty safely back to Exmouth.

Thank You

Our near neighbours on the seafront, Callands Budgens, have collected for us the amazing sum of over £1000 in our collection tins in their shop. It is a remarkable achievement.  A big THANK YOU to Budgens and all their customers for their support of NCI EXMOUTH.

Incident – Swimmers On Buoy

MoP reported swimmers sitting on No.10 Buoy, but no signs of distress. Watchkeeper advised HMCG who requested continued observation. Passing RIB collected swimmers and delivered to beach. HMCG notified accordingly.

New Watchkeeper

Congratulations to Dave Pegler who recently qualified as a watchkeepr, the first of the year – a great achievement bearing in mind all the lockdowns. Also a big thank you to all the endeavours of our trainers –  great teamwork.

All Weather Lifeboat

In full view of the lookout, our colleagues from the RNLI  carrying out maintenance on the All Weather Lifeboat R and J Welburn, with Coastwatch House in the background.


Seen Through The Mist

The unmistakable shape of the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, seen by our watchkeepers through the optics in the lookout before disappearing into the mist in the Bay.


Estuary Visitor

Taken by one of our watchkeepers in the estuary – the multicat vessel ‘Effy D’. She is a multifunctional all-purpose vessel, ideally suited for near-shore and shallow water operations and can, if needs be, get stranded on mud flats between tides.

Shifting Sands

During the recent high/high and low/low tides one of our watchkeepers, on a walkabout near the Docks, took these photos of Pole Sands and the Western Channel, a different aspect from what we normally see from the Lookout.









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