Local Notice to Mariners 13/22

Notice is hereby given that the consent of the Corporation of Trinity House under section 199(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1995, is hereby conveyed to Exeter City Council (Exeter Port Authority) to the following establishment:

“Little Russell” starboard lateral buoy Fl (2) G 5s in position Lat. 050° 36.736’ N Long. 003° 25.998’ W

Notice 12/22 is hereby cancelled.

Building Maintenance

As our summer season starts to get busy, we still have to keep our systems and buildings operational and in good order. We are working from an ageing, crumbling Victorian Building that is now showing its age and is unfit for purpose. Coastwatch House is also a degrading building that suffers from the effects of the sea, sand and marine conditions. Keeping these two buildings fit for duty is a never ending task.

So our Maintenance Team of volunteer watchkeepers are always replacing worn out areas. Here they are upgrading our radio aerial brackets, which were crumbling away with rust.

This continuous work is only possible by the kind donations from our supporters to keep us operational, help our work to save lives and assist Her Majesty’s Coastguard.

New Marina Sign

We would like to give a massive thank you to Exmouth Marina Harbour Master and his staff for assisting in putting up our “Ch65” sign along the Marina Entrance wall.
Here is him and his staff working to get the sign placed.


Now Mariners will be reminded to use marine VHF Ch65 for radio checks and local weather conditions.


(Photos 📸  courtesy of Watchkeepers:
Ian C, Nigel M and John D)

Local Notice to Mariners 12/22

Notice is hereby given that Exeter Port Authority have established a new temporary Starboard Lateral Buoy. This is because Bull Hill bank has grown and shoals have developed West and South of its’ charted area.

We are in the process of making an application to the General Lighthouse Authority at Trinity House with regards to making this a permanent aid to navigation.

The buoy is situated between number Lateral Buoys 13 and 15 in the Bight of the river and is named“Little Russell.” The position is:

Lat. 50° 36.736′ N – Long. 003° 25.998′ W.

Light characteristics FL(2)G.5s.

Mariners are advised to pass this area with extreme caution because of the changing depths.

Incident – Submerged Car

Yacht in position 50 37.0803N 003 26.4731W phoned NCI to report a car 100m W of yacht being submerged by tide. NCI informed HMCG and Harbour Master. Harbour Master will contact Cockwood Harbour Master.

Local Notice to Mariners 11/22

Establishment of additional aids to navigation from Topsham to Retreat Boat Yard.

Mariners are advised that the consent of the Corporation of Trinity House under section 199(2) of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1995, is hereby conveyed to Exeter City Council (Exeter Port Authority) to the establishment of aids to navigation as detailed below. These aids to navigation are now in place.




Incident – Missing Swimmer

Lifeguard informed NCI of missing swimmer, clothes, phone left on beach. Entered water before 1000 hrs. Archive footage showed single male near Maer rocks at 0803. ILB contacted NCI on VHF for assistance. Informed ILB that looking at archive, but no present sighting. Lifeguard informed NCI that missing man identified as visiting RNLI shop after not locating clothes. HMCG agreeable that casualty is ashore and teams stood down.

New Watchkeeper

Congratulations to Bruce Card who recently qualified as a Watchkeeper with National Coastwatch here in Exmouth.  Bruce is joining a busy team who are watching out for the safety of those on and in the water which will be particularly busy during the summer.

Queen’s Jubilee Race

NCI Exmouth supported Exmouth Rowing Club in their Platinum Jubilee racing yesterday.
This was hosted outside Coastwatch House on Queen’s Drive and our volunteer watchkeepers were witness to the events and heats on the water in front of our lookout.

Our Station Manager Ivor Jones, assisted by the Mayor of Exmouth, Steve Gazzard, presented them with what will be known as the “NCI Exmouth Jubilee Cup” that our charity has donated to the club.






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