Happy New Year

From all the Watchkeepers at NCI Exmouth,  a very Happy New Year to all our followers, supporters and sponsors.

Our volunteer team will be on duty daily from 0900hrs to 16.30hrs keeping a visual watch for water users and people on and in the water and for those on the beach who may get into difficulties.

Watching the Christmas Swim

Our volunteer watchkeepers were on duty today to witness and oversee for safety the Exmouth Christmas Day swim. Plenty of (crazy) participants which also included our colleagues from RNLI Exmouth who crewed both boats.
Photos courtesy of watchkeeper Siobhan D
Wind was W force 3,  pressure 1009.8 rising, outside temp 12.9°c windchill 11.7°c,  low tide was at 11:08hrs at 0.8m. So it was a low tide swim!

New Watchkeepers


Congratulations to Tim on his qualifying as a volunteer watchkeeper with Exmouth NCI.  Tim joins a busy team here in Exmouth and we are pleased to welcome him on board.



Also Congratulations to Mel Bligh who also recently qualified as a volunteer watchkeeper.  Welcome to Mel and we look forward to working with him


Thank You

Once again a big thank you from SOMMEILLEUSES (see note here) to the NCI Exmouth watchkeepers for all of our support over the past year.

The biscuits are much appreciated!!

New Trainer

Congratulations to Mike Searle qualifying as a Trainer with Exmouth NCI.  Mike joins a highly valued team of Trainers who provide training for newcomers to our voluntary organisation throughout the year and annual refreshers to ensure everyone is current in their knowledge.  Welcome to the training team.

Don’t Drink & Drown Campaign

An evening held at the Powder Monkey Exmouth

Coastal Safety officer for NCI Exmouth- Karen Goldby and Trainer Assessor for Royal Life Saving Society- Nicky Knight.

Working together to promote the don’t drink and drown campaign .

Main messages of campaign to get across to public:

  • Don’t walk home near water after a night out, you might fall in
  • Make sure your mates get home safely after a night out, don’t let them walk home on their own
  • Cold water kills and can take the life of even the strongest swimmer
  • Don’t enter the water if you’ve been drinking, alcohol seriously affects your ability to get out

They spoke to a good number of people and gave out information leaflets , wrist bands and campaign beer mats. The response from the customers was very positive and we would like to thank the Powder Monkey for allowing us to host this .

Local Notice to Mariners 031/23

Number: 031/23. Date: 14th of December 2023

Survey works off Straight Point

Notice is hereby given that Gallifordtry on behalf of South West Water will be commencing a
Horizontal Directional Drill HDD to install a new long sea outfall between Sandy Bay Car Park within
Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, under Straight Point and a further 300 metres out to sea.
All Mariners are advised that the Survey Vessel, Nearshore Explorer will be undertaking MBES Survey
operations ongoing throughout December 2023.
The works will comprise of non-invasive multibeam echosounder surveys (MBES), crew transfer and
diving operations. The marine activities are expected to commence on or around 19th December 2023

and will be completed by the 30th December 2023.
The Nearshore Explorer shall be travelling daily to the works site from Exmouth Harbour.
The Survey zone for the works is identified in Table 1

Table 1: Survey Locations







Table 2: Schedule of Activities:
START DATE OF ACTIVITY: On or around 19th December 2023
TIMES OF OPERATION: 24 Hours per day when required
END DATE OF ACTIVITY 30th December 2023

The exact start and finish dates will be dependent on the prevailing weather conditions and
work progress.
Mariners are requested to remain where possible 500m from vessels and equipment. Fishing
vessels are requested to pass at a safe speed and distance and remain outside of the survey
area identified. During these works the Nearshore Explorer will have restricted
manoeuvrability during the works (MBES). All vessels can be contacted on VHF 16 for further
information as required reference proximity / nearby operations etc.
Vessel Details: Nearshore Explorer-Catermaran Length 7.4 Beam 2.4 Draft 0.5m Gross
Tonnage 0.82T

Call sign MDNG8 MMSI: 232016908 Telephone Contact Number: +44 (0) 7425 623 377 Email
address: info@nearshoresurvey.co.uk

In the event of an emergency, please contact:
Stevan Foster – Operations Manager, Nearshore Surveys Ltd on behalf of ABCO Divers Limited,
McCormack Drilling & Galliford Try
Tel: +44 (0) 7425 623 377 Email: stevanfoster@nearshoresurvey.co.uk

South West Coast Path

Many NCI stations are dotted along the South West Coast Path. With it’s 19th century origins, as a coastguard patrol route to restrict smuggling, the modern day South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked footpath. It runs for 630 miles, from Minehead on the edge of Exmoor to the shores of Poole Harbour and offers the ultimate challenge for the long distance walker.Here at NCI Exmouth, we have joined the list of “passport” stops along the Jurassic coast part of the route if you are walking the path. Stop by and get your SWCP passport stamped.

Here at NCI Exmouth we will shortly be joining the list of passport stops along the Jurassic coast part of the route. From early in 2024 walkers will be able to stop by the lookout tower and get their SWCP passports stamped. Watch this feed for updates

Local Notice to Mariners 30/23

Number: 030/23. Date: 13th of December 2023

Exe Power Boat & Ski Club Exmouth seafront motor boat rallies

Notice is hereby given that Exe Power Boat & Ski Club will be running Exmouth seafront
motor boat rallies on the following dates:
Boxing Day Tuesday 26th December 2023 11.00 hours to 15.00 hours
New Year’s Day Monday 1st January 2024 11.00 hours to 15.00 hours

During the rally participants will be given dispensation from Byelaw 4 (within the race area
during racing times). Byelaw 4: Do not exceed speed limit as defined by charts and buoyage:
10 Knots Max

Prior to the start of each race the fleet will assemble to the prestart area of No 13 buoy
when under the direction of the start boat the fleet will accelerate to high speed to the start
line at No 12 buoy.

Each event will take place between No.12 Buoy (Mamhead Slipway, Exmouth) and Exe Safe
Water Mark (Buoy marking the entrance to River Exe) within a four-hour time slot from
11:00hrs to 15:00hrs. Each event is provisionally arranged to start at 11:00hrs, but can be
later, subject to tidal conditions, weather, or other circumstances. The anticipated time
duration of each event is 45 minutes.

Guard Boats will be positioned both within and at the approaches of the course. VHF Marine
Channel 6 will be the preferred communications in use. Mamhead Slipway will be the prime
slipping facility in use for both events.
Both events will be under the control of Exe Power Boat & Ski Club. Details of the events
are published on the Club’s Website www.exmouthskiclub.com

All vessels are advised to navigate with caution and to follow IRPCS collision regulations.
Vessels not taking part are asked to keep clear of competitors within this area during this

Incident – Paddle Boarder Safety Concern

NCI observed lone paddle boarder 1 nm, against tide, bearing 150 degrees. Kept under observation and notified CG. Call from CG who advised further calls from the public about paddle boarder. Observation maintained via CCTV until visual lost. Solent CG launched Exmouth ILB.

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