A Success Story

Congratulations to Julia Agar who qualified yesterday as a watchkeeper. Julia is the first trainee to go through training in the current conditions and with the help and flexibility of Trainers, Marion Ricketts and Hugh Sutherland, adapting to circumstances, Julia has successfully qualified. The picture shows Hugh awarding Julia her qualified epaulettes outside Coastwatch House. A great success.

Incident – Walkers Stranded

17 October  Relayed to HMCG call from 2 MoP stranded upstream in estuary. ILB launched and CRT directed to scene. Walkers safely rescued and ashore unharmed.

Incident – Yacht Aground

Following report on Ch 65, advised HMCG and continued observation of yacht aground in channel, 4 POB. ILB launched and confirmed occupants content to wait for tide. Yacht later floated off and returned to safety.

Incident – Smoke Visible

15 October Request from HMCG for visual on smoke on horizon reported by MoP. Watchkeeper reported apparent smoke sighted south of Berry Head. CG advised vessels searching in area.

Incident – Wing Boarder in Difficulty

Call from HMCG to advise wing boarder in difficulty, observed by MoP east of estuary. NCI reported nothing immediately visible but shortly after sighted casualty and reported bearing to HMCG. ILB launched and contacted casualty, safe in water. All stood down.

Incident – Yacht Aground

10 October Watchkeeper observed yacht aground on Pole Sands (3 POB including 2 children) and advised Solent CG. RIB later towed yacht into the Marina.

Local Notice to Mariners 18/20

Changes to the marking of the gas pipeline crossing the river Exe

The marking of the gas pipeline that crosses the river Exe has been changed.

The post with the yellow cross locally known as the ‘gas perch’ has been removed and
replaced with a 2 metre high yellow special mark buoy Q.Fl.Y with four smaller special mark
buoys to the North, South, East and West. The two marks on the North and East side are lit
Fl.Y and the two yellow special marks to the South and West unlit so as not to cause
confusion when approaching Port hand lateral mark no 20 from the North or South.

The four smaller yellow special marks form a box shape around the main taller special mark
and are clearly marked as GAS PIPE NO ANCHORING. All the buoys are fitted with a yellow
cross top mark. These buoys indicate a boundary line covering the gas pipeline from the
Eastern shore at Lympstone to the Western shore close to Starcross.

Mariners are reminded that anchoring is prohibited within the area of the pipeline. The
transit markers on the East and West river banks remain unchanged.

The fixing post on the seabed for the old gas perch post is still in situ, and is due to be
removed on the 17th of October 2020.

Mariners are advised to keep clear of the area around all of the new marks.
For further advice please contact the harbour office on;
Email: epa@exeter.gov.uk
Telephone: 01395 223265

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