EXMOUTH NCI COASTWATCH INCIDENTS - 2015
07.11.15 Watchkeepers Bryan Scotting and Colin Wells were tasked by Solent Coastguard to observe two kitesurfers who had been reported by a member of the public to be in trouble between Orcombe Point and Pole Sands, in a Force 3 Westerly with a 1.2m swell. Exmouth's Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was despatched to pick up the kitesurfers and take them back to shore. Incident closed at 15:57.
28.10.15 10:20am Watchkeepers Graham Nye and Bill Nash observed single-handed sloop passing Tower towing inflatable. 10 mins later, sloop going out through the channel, lost inflatable and turned back in rough water against ebbing spring tide. Called Solent Coastguard and advised sloop struggling in rough water and recommended recovery. ILB launched; sloop recovered and towed to Visitors Buoy outside marina.
19.09.15 3pm Watchkeepers Bryan Scotting and John Bowers were informed by a lady kitesurfer of a drifting RIB with outboard off Sandy Bay. Informant said it had been drifting for over an hour. Informed Solent Coastguard. 3:10pm Doc Martin (an off-duty member of NCI Exmouth) called the Tower from his RIB in the channel and we asked him to check it out. 10 mins later he radioed to say no such vessel found over there, nor off Orcombe Point, nor round the corner in Littleham Cove. Duty watchkeepers informed Solent Coastguard.
07.09.15. September is turning into quite a month for incidents. Watchkeepers John Melton and Patrick McCahearty responded to a call from 'Seaspray' who had a broken fuel line off Sandy Bay. Coincidentally, another boat, 'Knickerbocker', with 3 on board, was broken down close by. Solent Coastguard requested we monitor the incidents and report if assistance required. An hour later, Seaspray was observed towing the Dory past the NCI Tower.
03.09.15. Watchkeepers Steve Wills and George Thompson kept watch over yacht 'Rebecca' misjudginging the Low Tide and running aground in the Swashway late afternoon between 5 and 6 buoys. Solent Coastguard were kept updated throughout. 'Rebecca' successfully refloated.
03.09.15. Watchkeepers Steve Wills and George Thompson kept watch over yacht 'Andante' misjudginging the Low Tide and running aground in the Swashway late afternoon between 5 and 6 buoys. Solent Coastguard were kept updated throughout. 'Andante' successfully refloated.
28.08.15 Watchkeepers Graham Nye and Maggie Quaddy observed 3 people stranded on Red Rock, the extreme end of Langstone Rock, and called Solent Coastguard to advise. The Exmouth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was tasked to pick up the two adults and a child and return them to Dawlish Beach and the RNLI lifeguards.
22.08.15 Alert watchkeepers Dee Scott and Bob Bailey picked up VHF traffic indicating that a 21ft Chaparral Sport Cruiser was dead in the water, drifting just off Ness Point and unable to set anchor in the 40ft depth.
They were able to inform Solent Coastguard that they had visual on the craft at 210deg and kept watch until she was recovered and towed to safety.
04.07.15 Solent CG advise male swimmer off Orcombe Point near (Rodney Rock – Thatcher Rock) 300/400 yards out. Contacted beach life guard requested they send jet ski whilst we try to spot casualty. Contacted Solent CG to confirm it is Orcombe Point not Thatchers Rock. They then stated it is Orcombe Point looking towards Thatchers Point was the report received. Passed information to beach life guard. Solent CG informed by NCI Exmouth that RNLI beach life guard had seen a swimmer go ashore. It was assumed this was the reported swimmer.
10.05.15 Phone call from member of public reporting potential collision hazard - collapsed kite surf in water floating upstream in River Exe opposite Carberry Avenue. Watchkeepers Derek Knight and Keith Stuart informed Falmouth CG who passed onto Solent CG. RNLI ILB despatched to investigate; meanwhile Exmouth Coastwatch sponsor Edge had recovered the kite and returned it to owner.
09.05.15 Yacht "Charlotte Louise" aground on Pole Sands. Solent Coastguard asked that we maintain observation. Watchkeepers Steve Wills and Keith Burden alerted Solent CG that Charlotte Louise refloated successfully at 17:55.
05.04.15 11:55 Phoned CG to advise vessel run aground on Pole Sands. No danger to persons on board, vessel has powered dinghy. Watch maintained. MLO – 2 persons on board. Vessel name ‘Miss India’. Bearing 265 degrees. Solent Coastguard requested continued observation. 16:57 ‘Miss India’ refloated on tide and headed East.