EXMOUTH NCI COASTWATCH INCIDENTS - 2020
6 July Watchkeeper called Solent CG to report a yacht aground off No 6 buoy on outgoing tide. Lifeguard contacted who despatched jet ski to investigate. CG advised no apparent danger - yacht awaiting tide to refloat. Yacht later refloated and Solent CG stood down observation.
28 June Watchkeeper contacted by Solent CG following emergency call from MoP reporting small vessel adrift with 2 POB. Gave full description of RIB and POB. Confirmed in no apparent danger. Solent CG requested continued observation but sighting lost. RIB later returned westwards and Solent CG advised accordingly.
3 June Phone call to NCI from jet ski in estuary with engine failure.Solent CG informed. Jet ski subsequently advised that engine now started and later reported safely ashore. Solent CG advised accordingly.
31 May NCI observed inflatable dinghy struggling to get ashore with occupants visibly tiring. Informed Solent CG who requested continued observation. Dinghy subsequently landed ashore with occupants safe. Solent CG informed.
30 May MoP called NCI to report 2 x males apparently intoxicated and in an inflatable adrift in the channel. Solent CG alerted and Exmouth ILB tasked. ILB contacted NCI. ILB came ashore with inflatable and offered advice re-advisabilityof lifejackets, radio, phone and oars.
28 May 2 x females in inflatable with paddles moving rapidly on outgoing tide and apparently going round in circles. Advised Solent CG who remained online as observation continued. Inflatable and POB came ashore further along coastline. Incident concluded. NFA.
24 May Call to Tower from MoP advising dangerous behaviour by jet skier at Sandy Bay. Exeter Harbour Master notified who despatched mobile unit as tidal conditions restricted use of boat. Visit subsequently made to Sandy Bay - offender and complainant both spoken to. NFA.
23 May Solent CG asked NCI to try to determine further descriptions of persons at Orcombe Point following report of missing person. Requested NCI observe and report any sightings. Police helicopter overhead searching coastline. Exmouth and Beer mobiles joined search and requested assistance of Exmouth ILB which was launched. Exmouth AWLB also launched to search between Sandy Bay and Orcombe Point. ILB crew member on beach to assist as tide ebbed. Casualty subsequently found safe and well at home. Services stood down.
22 May Call to NCI from MoP to advise two-masted yacht aground on rocks at Lympstone. No visible POB. Harbour Master advised. Photo texted from MoP to NCI and transmitted to Harbour Master. Harbour Master endeavouring to identify yacht and owner.
2 February NCI received call from yacht Cherie aground in estuary off Topsham, reporting 2 POB, engine overheating, no VHF radio, no immediate danger. Rising tide, would call back if assistance required. Solent CG advised. Further call from yacht advising firmly stuck on sandbank and assistance required. CG would contact direct. ILB launched to assist and offer safety advice as yacht had run aground for the third time today. ILB towed yacht off sandbank and back to Tosham.
1 February MoP called to advise 40ft yacht aground in River Exe off Topsham with apparently 1 POB. Solent CG advised and would follow up. CG later contacted - no further action.
12 January Watchkeepers called Solent CG to report a vessel adrift and being carried on outgoing tide. CG confirmed already aware and requested NCI keep under observation. Watchkeeper walked along coast to try to keep vessel in sight. Visual lost beyond Orcombe Point. CG advised vessel had drifted out to sea.
1 January Watchkeepers observed RIB stopped in channel. Pan Pan broadcast by Solent CG re-RIB broken down. NCI confirmed to CG that they had RIB visual. Later call to CG advising RIB still adrift. Informed vessel has no VHF radio, but occupant has adequate clothing, lifejacket and flares. CG in contact via mobile radio. Exmouth ILB launched and towed RIB to Marina for CRT check. Pan Pan cancelled by Solent CG.