Incident – Capsized Kayak

In response to request from HMCG, watchkeeper confirmed no visual on capsized kayak in River Exe. ILB launched and ambulance requested. Radio activity monitored by watchkeeper. Casualty taken to hospital and SAR assets stood down.

Low Tide

During the recent very low tides one of our watchkeepers, with her back to the sea, took this photo of the coast off Exmouth showing Rodney Point to Orcombe Point.

Local Notice to Mariners 09/21

Notice is hereby given that the lower vertical, red fixed light on the fixed post at Turf entrance is now reinstated.

Notice 04/21 is hereby cancelled.


Congratulations from all at Exmouth NCI to Paul Draper who is celebrating fifteen years service as a watchkeeper, trainer and assessor. Read more in the Exmouth Journal.

Opening Times

With BST almost upon us, the lookout will be open from 0900 – 1800 from Sunday 28 March and 0830 – 1830 from Thursday 1 April. Our RNLI Lifeguard colleagues will also be on the beach from 2 April (Good Friday).

Air Sanitiser

Exmouth NCI today took a socially distanced delivery of an Atmos-Clear Mini air sanitising system, which destroys 99.9% of all viruses (including coronavirus), and will be installed in our lookout to provide added health and safety benefits for all our volunteer watchkeepers whilst on duty. Phil McGuinness from Atmos personally delivered the new machine to our watchkeeper Zan Nye.

Incident – Yacht Aground

Watchkeeper requested by HMCG to maintain observation of yacht aground at low tide. No concerns for crew. Yacht waiting on rising tide to refloat.

Cold Water Swimmers

Cold water swimming is said to have many health benefits – but it could also be very dangerous, with some swimmers putting themselves at risk. Click below to read this article about Exmouth NCI concerns.

Local Notices to Mariners 07/21 & 08/21

07/21 Notice is hereby given that in the approach to the river the Exe No.5 lateral mark (green unlit) is now in position Lat. 50° 36.308′ N – Long. 003° 23.970′ W.

Notice 03/21 is hereby cancelled.


08/21 Notice is hereby given that the two green vertical lights on Trout’s Pontoon at Topsham are extinguished until further notice.

Incident – Kite Surfer Tangled Rigging.

Watchkeeper monitored kite surfer stranded on Pole Sands at low tide. Advised HMCG of potential situation arising. They requested continued observation. Later confirmed to HMCG all equipment retrieved and people safely ashore.

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