Local Notice to Mariners 06/21

Notice is hereby given that Exeter Port Authority have established a new ‘East Cardinal Buoy’. The buoy is east of the permanent wreck, situated south east of Cockwood.

East cardinal buoy position: Lat. 50° 36.874′ N – Long. 003° 26.505′ W.

Light characteristics Q(3)10s.

Incident – Surfboarder In Difficulty

Call received from HMCG requesting visual following report of surfer in difficulty in estuary. No sighting possible. Radio traffic indicated local CG on scene to check out.

Local Notice to Mariners 03/21

Notice is hereby given that in the approach to the river the Exe No.5 lateral mark (green unlit) is out of position.

The mark will be moved back as soon as possible.

Coastwatch 2020

Did you know that in the 44 weeks Exmouth NCI were able to be operational during 2020, we dealt with 55 incidents?
This makes our station the second busiest out of all NCI’s 56 stations, up and around the coast of England and Wales; even though our station was closed for two months at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and then we were single-manned watches for the remainder of the year.
All our watchkeepers have had to adapt to the challenges presented by Covid-19 and we would like to thank everyone for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm during these challenging times.

Incident – Hazard To Shipping

After failing to contact Harbour Master, advised HMCG of potential hazard in shipping channel. Later managed to contact HM and update position of hazard.

Local Notice to Mariners 02/21

Notice is given that the small sailing vessel that was sunk on its mooring at position 50° 37.44 N – 03° 26.39 W near Starcross has been removed.

Notice 01/21 is hereby cancelled.

Local Notice to Mariners 01/21

Notice is given that a small sailing vessel has sunk on its mooring near Starcross.

Position: 50° 37.44 N – 3° 26.39 W and mariners should navigate with caution in the area.

The sunken craft will be removed as soon as possible.

Incident – Kite Surfers In Difficulty

Watchkeeper contacted by HMCG for sighting of kite surfer reported in difficulty off Pole Sands. Confirmed sighting of three kite surfers in no apparent difficulty.

Statistics – 2020

With the lookout closed for two months during the national lockdown and with single crewed watches thereafter, this was one of our busiest years in terms of incidents but with slightly fewer recorded vessels than 2019. All in all 2020 was quite an extraordinary year.



The number of craft which passed our lookout and were recorded by our watchkeepers are as follows:

Commercial vessels – 1,913

Leisure vessels – 12,145

Military – 5

Other – 319

Total – 14,382

We were involved in 56 incidents where we had contact with HM Coast Guard or other SAR/Emergency services.

We also recorded 327 calls to us on VHF CH65 made by mariners to our facility for radio checks or other information.




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