Vandalism On CWH

National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Exmouth has been hit by mindless vandals who have damaged vital life saving equipment  of the charity. The damage occurred on the night of Friday 8th of October, sometime after watchkeepers had left for the evening at 18.30hrs. Station Manager, Ivor Jones said: “The newly erected flagpole on Coastwatch House was bent over as if it had been swung on and the radio mast on the roof, that would relay any mayday calls from marine traffic, had also been interfered with, so missed transmissions could put lives at risk”.
This is the second incident of damage to life saving equipment in the last month. Recently the defibrillator out side the Beach Pub in Exmouth marina was stolen. CCTV is being looked at to try and identify the culprits, but if anyone has any information on this incident then please contact Ivor Jones: or go directly to the police using the 101 non emergency number quoting crime reference number: CR/089271/2.
Volunteer Watchkeepers of the charity made best to repair the damage.





Later news:

Unfortunately NCI Exmouth have been the victim of a second act of vandalism in a week. Our volunteer charity watchkeepers arrived yesterday morning to find the recently repaired flagpole bent out of shape and unusable.
This would have occurred after the last watch on Friday 15th October at 18.30hrs, the same as last week.
If anyone has any information, on this incident or the previous one, please contact the Station Manager or the police as shown above.

Local Notice to Mariners 27/21

Notice is hereby given that Exmouth Rowing Club will be holding a rowing event ‘The Exe Raid’ on Saturday the 16th of October 2021.

Event Start 09.30hrs. All boats to launch and form up, upstream of 10 Buoy. The start/finish line will be set between the beach and 10 Buoy.

There will be two courses of 8 kilometres & 4 kilometres. The race area will stretch from the Safe Water Mark to No 15 Starboard Lateral Mark.

VHF Channel 72 will be used by the race organisers on the day.

Masters of vessels are requested to keep clear of the racing in this area during this event.

Incident – Yachts Aground

NCI observed yacht ‘Joker’ aground. Advised HMCG who requested watchkeeper to monitor situation. Further call to CG to advise yacht ‘Seahorse’ also aground. Watchkeeper to continue monitoring. Exmouth ILB attended. Shortly after ‘Seahorse’ re-floated followed by ‘Joker’. Solent CG informed of successful outcome.

New Watchkeeper

Another volunteer qualifies and joins the watchkeeping team at NCI Exmouth. Welcome Jerry – we look forward to working with you.

Incident – Safety Hazard

HMCG requested NCI visual of possible hazard of floating flotsam (log) off Dawlish Warren. Watchkeepers unable to see any hazard via optics or CCTV.

Incident – Kite Surfer In Difficulty

NCI asked by HMCG for assistance in search for kite surfer possibly in distress. CG informed of no visual of distressed kite surfer. Observation maintained by NCI. Kite surfer assisted ashore by two other kite surfers.

Presentation – Bicton College

NCI Exmouth Presentations Team gave a talk to students of Bicton College Military and Protective Services Academy yesterday.
These students undertake a diploma in Entry to the Uniformed Services course at the college as they commit to the National Citizenship Services programme.

Kirsty And Phil

NCI Exmouth had a couple of well known visitors to our lookout this morning. Filming nearby for Channel 4’s Location Location Location,  Kirsty Allsopp and Phil Spencer spoke to our duty watchkeepers, viewed our optics, were impressed with the views we have and the job we do.
Thank you for your visit.

New Watchkeeper

Congratulations to Dave T on becoming our latest watchkeeper to qualify. Welcome to the ever increasing team of watchkeepers at NCI Exmouth

Incident – Loss of Power

NCI heard ILB tasked to incident adjacent No17 buoy. NCI had visual on CCTV. HMCG advised of continued observation. Casualties recovered to Starcross by ILB.

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