EXMOUTH NCI COASTWATCH INCIDENTS - 2020
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.