EXMOUTH NCI INCIDENTS  – 2021

31 May  Watchkeeper observed two males on inflatable drifting eastwards on outgoing tide towards Pole Sands. Telephoned RNLI Lifeguards to request assistance. PWC launched. Casualties retrieved and returned to shore safely.

29 May Following call on Ch 65, watchkeeper located vessel with engine failure off Dawlish and advised HMCG of bearing etc. 3 POB. As requested by HMCG, asked vessel to communicate with HMCG on Ch 73. RIB Lunacy and MLI Thunder arrived on scene. Continued observation and listened in on communications between HMCG and rescue boats. Thunder towed casualty safely back to Exmouth.

19 May MoP reported swimmers sitting on No.10 Buoy, but no signs of distress. Watchkeeper advised HMCG who requested continued observation. Passing RIB collected swimmers and delivered to beach. HMCG notified accordingly.

17 April ERC sculler on Ch 65 reported he required assistance, having picked up kiteboard near Marina. Kitesurfer currently on Pole Sands. Watchkeeper contacted Lifeguards and PWC attended. No help required as RIB exiting Marina had collected board and returned it to kitesurfer. NFA required.

14 April 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.

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

19 February 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.

2 February 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.

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

18 January 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.

18 January Watchkeeper contacted by HMCG for sighting of walkers stranded on mud in Exe estuary. Confirmed that walkers out of range.

2 January Following observation of IFV taking avoiding action, watchkeeper contacted HMCG to report large tree trunk (5 – 6m long) in channel causing potential danger to shipping. HMCG issued Warning to Mariners.