New Watchkeeper

We are delighted to welcome John Dyer to our Exmouth team of volunteer watchkeepers.  Congratulations to John who recently qualified as a watchkeeper, joining our busy Exmouth NCI team who are on duty seven days a week, 365 days a year.

New Watchkeeper

Congratulations and welcome to our newly qualified Exmouth NCI watchkeeper, Hughie Temple.  Hughie now joins our team of qualified watchkeepers here in Exmouth, a growing team of dedicated watchkeepers on duty seven days a week watching over our coast, estuary and beach for the safety of our local residents and visitors alike.

Presentation – Exeter Forum

NCI Exmouth Presentations Team were pleased to visit Exeter Forum at the Mint Methodist Church Hall in Exeter yesterday, where we gave a 40 minute presentation on the origins of NCI and in particular, the work we do within Exmouth. We enjoyed meeting everyone and appreciated the coffee!
If you know of a club or society that might enjoy an informative 30-40 minutes presentation on the work of NCI Exmouth,  click in the menu above on About/Presentations.
There is no cost involved and we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Local Notice to Mariners 01/22

Notice is hereby given that No.4 port lateral mark (Q.FL.R) has been repositioned.

The new position is as follows:

 50°36.186’N
 003°23.939’W

Notice 033/21 is hereby cancelled.


NCI Exmouth Presentations Team gave a talk about the work our charity does and the role it plays as part of the Search and Rescue family to Budleigh Salterton Probus club in Budleigh Salterton Athletic Football Club.
This is the first face-to-face presentation this year. Our team spent the morning explaining how our volunteers are trained and how as Coastguard assets, we support HMCG and deliver coastal surveillance along Exmouth Seafront and now with enhanced CCTV, along the River Exe and up to Orcombe Point.
We can give an informative 30 to 40 minute talk about our work and how we watch for coastline safety as part of the Search and Rescue infrastructure. There is no cost involved and we would be pleased to hear from you.
If you know of a club, society or group that might be looking for a guest speaker, visit: and click on “about us” and “presentation team.

Annual General Meeting

Yesterday evening NCI Exmouth held its delayed Annual General Meeting over the digital platform Zoom. There were a lot of new Watchkeepers who have joined the station since Covid has been with us. With the easing of restrictions by the end of the month we are confident that our next General Meeting will be a much needed face-to-face affair.

Reports were given by our Station Manager Ivor Jones and all the station officers about the busy year we had last year. Thank you to all our volunteer watchkeepers for their commitment and time to keep our station operational during those exceptional periods.

Exmouth From The Air

Thanks to Keith, one of our watchkeepers, who took this video on his way back from Lanzarote, showing a bird’s eye view of the coastline from the River Exe to the River Otter, including the Royal Marines firing range at Straight Point.


Her Majesty’s Coastguard is celebrating it’s 200th Birthday today. National Coastwatch is one of their Declared Assets, and we are proud to work with them every day, helping to preserve and protect life at sea.

Our station on Exmouth Seafront is responsible for Dawlish Warren, Exe Estuary, the Jurassic coast from Orcombe Point and the River Exe to Topsham and we occupy a Victorian Building built in 1896.

Exmouth NCI would like to say a big Happy Birthday to HM Coastguard.

Yearly Totals 2021

Our yearly totals have been published.

We recorded 21,421 marine vessel movements past our lookout in 2021. We had 46 reportable incidents to Her Majesty’s Coastguard and logged a further 36 recordable incidents that our trained Watchkeepers dealt with.

For a full range of the types of incidents we assisted our Search and Rescue colleagues click on Incidents/Current on the menu bar.

We are on duty 7 days a week throughout the year.

New Watchkeeper

Congratulations to Ian F who qualified as a Watchkeeper on 21 December, joining our ever increasing team at Exmouth.

Ian was the 11th person to qualify in 2021, which was a very challenging year with COVID restrictions.  We are indebted to our team of Trainers who did a sterling job.

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