HMS Ranger Spotted by Coastwatch
June. Difficult to miss, really !
Archer class patrol and training vessel HMS Ranger crept into Exmouth on last night's high
tide, spotted by Coastwatch arriving at dusk. More
info. Click thumbnails for larger image.
. . . . . followed by HMS Dasher . . . . . . . .
Friday 20th June,
11:20. Another Archer class patrol and training
vessel, HMS Dasher, currently part of the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron at HMNB Clyde, arrives at
Exmouth on this morning's high tide, spotted by Coastwatch at 11:10am. Sources told us that both HMS
Ranger and HMS Dasher will be proceeding later today through the canal to Exeter, with VIPs, in
readiness for Armed Forces Day tomorrow. https://iqoption.net/forex-affiliate Click thumbnails for larger
Today's Watchkeepers - Friday
Friday 13th June. Watchkeepers
looking out for your safety today are Yvonne and Val this morning and Ruth and Arnold this
Janice Passes Her Assessment
Thursday 19th June. Janice Stobo became the latest Exmouth NCI recruit to pass her
Assessment this morning and is now a fully qualified Watchkeeper. Well done Janice !
Pictured here with Training Officer Colin Bytheway. Click on thumbnails for larger images.
Dolphins Return for Sea Awareness Training
14:20 Wednesday 18th
June. Towards the end of Sea Awareness Training this morning we were
lucky to share the waters between Pole Sands and Langstone Rock with approx 9 dolphins
playing beach volleyball with giant jellyfish. New Picture Gallery coming soon.
Meanwhile just click on the two thumbs.
Founded in 1998, Exmouth Coastwatch is one of the network of Look-Out
Stations around the UK which comprise the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI); we are
situated in the tower, right on the seafront above the Harbour View Cafe on Marine Parade in
Exmouth, East Devon, next to the beach's Red Flag zone bitcoin affiliate programs.
From this vantage point, we keep watch over the bay, the beach and the
estuary 7 days a week in summer and every weekend in winter.The dangerous sea approaches to Exmouth,
especially in strong onshore winds and swell, coupled with the large drying areas inside the
Estuary and the strong tidal and river streams within, all present unique hazards to small boats,
jet-skis, kitesurfers, windsurfers, paddleboarders, bathers, yachts, dinghies and canoes.
As part of the overall UK Search & Rescue capability, we undergo
annual inspection by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to ensure that our stringent
standards are maintained.
Jenna Lee Blocks Marina
Exmouth Marina blocked this afternoon . . . . . . . . .
6th June - D-Day Landings - Web Page
How the NCI Exmouth website
Home Page commemorated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. [Click for larger image.]
Royal Marines Speed March
Monday 2nd June.
Royal Marines, including 6 who had travelled around Europe, starting in North Norway on Feb
5th, speed marched along the seafront and through the town centre as part of the corp's
350th birthday celebrations. Click picture for video (be
patient, it's a big file). Otherwise
play video via YouTube (iPad Users). [Keith
80 Yards Off WHERE ??!!
Monday 2nd June. "PAN PAN. PAN PAN. PAN PAN.
Broken down vessel with engine failure 80 yards off Ladram Bay. LAT . . . LONG . .
. blah blah".
Off-duty NCI Watchkeeper Doc Martin and
his wife were bimbling along the coast in their RIB from fishing at Otter Cove, back to Exmouth,
yesterday afternoon, when this PAN PAN came over the VHF. Doc thinks . . . "Ladram Bay . . . miles away . . . (ignore Lat/Long) . . .
bimble on . . .". Just after this announcement, up ahead was a
speedboat, anchored, with a chap on board frantically waving. Coming up alongside a young family
from Ottery off out for an afternoon's fun on the sea . . . "help, my engine won't
start" . . . "that's a coincidence, there's another
one at Ladram" . . . "no, that's us" . . . "can't be, this is Sandy Bay, Ladram's 8 miles away"
. . . "oh, is it ?!" . . . "better tell the Coastguard!".
Fortunately the weather was kind, and
the sea was kind, and the young family were safely towed back to their mooring off Exmouth
Marina, much to the amusement of fellow watchkeepers in the Tower as the RIB passed by very
slowly, doing her best against the strong flow of an Exmouth ebb tide. But if a fog had
descended, as it does occasionally, and vessels are searching for you 8 miles away . . . ok,
Lat/Long would eventually find you, but precious time would have been lost.
Moral of the story ? If
you're out at sea, know where you are at all times, and carry a chart; knowing
Lat/Long is good, but small vessels hear a local landmark mentioned and switch off to the
Lat/Long. All's well that ends well. [Click here
for larger chart]
Mickey Mouse Visits NCI Tower
Wednesday 28th May. Just to demonstrate that being a member of Exmouth
NCI is also fun, this was the view from the new camera this morning -
someone flying a Mickey Mouse kite on the beach managed to get it impaled on the camera.
Watchkeepers Ruth and Barry were quick to climb up and free the kite and return it to its
young owner, Pauline, on holiday in Exmouth from London. If you'd like to join in the fun
and become a watchkeeper, read
Margaret Jean Launches for Last Time
Sunday 25th May. This week saw the remaining volunteer lifeboatmen pass their
Assessment, so at 09:20 on Sunday Margaret Jean launched for the very last time from Exmouth,
escorted by the new 13-03 Shannon Class, to go to Poole as Standby for the RNLI's Mersey Class
lifeboats. [Larger photo]
NCI Exmouth Attracts More New Members
Thursday 22nd May. Mike Fowler (Station Manager) presents our latest new member, Peter
Cleasby, with his Training epaulettes while Barry Davis, having successfully gone through
training, receives his Watchkeeper Certificate.
M. S. Marine Services
Monday 19th May.
Coastwatch are very pleased to welcome Mark Sansom's M. S. Marine Services as our latest local supporter. Mark, a
volunteer member of the Exmouth lifeboat crew, has been in the marine business locally for over
30 years and his team are dedicated to providing the best service possible around the Exmouth
Spring Fun Day 2014
Saturday 17th May. NCI Exmouth were represented at this year's Exmouth Spring Fun
Day by (from left) Mike Fowler (Station Manager), Yvonne Anderton (Secretary), Keith Stuart
(Membership Officer) and Graham Nye (Deputy Station Manager). Click here
for larger photo.
Twin Shannons - Time For Tea
Even Exmouth's volunteer lifeboatmen have to take a break for a cuppa
on a very warm afternoon in the bay . . . . . . . (click photos to enlarge)
May. Exmouth's new Shannon class lifeboat
reunited with her prototype - spotted here on Wednesday in Exmouth Marina. Click here
for more photos.
Estuary Spring Clean-Up
On a very blustery but dry and sunny
morning, 30-40 people (adults
& children) took part in the annual Spring clean-up. Being ‘sand blasted’, and having to
hold tight to plastic rubbish collection bags to stop them from being blown away in the wind,
made collecting rubbish a challenge. Nevertheless, and despite the fact that the tractor
collecting the rubbish got stuck for most of the clean-up, 800kg of rubbish including a lobster
pot, a wheelie bin, metal, plastic and glass were removed from the estuary, making it a cleaner
and safer place for wildlife and users alike. We look forward to seeing you at the Autumn
clean-up (date to be announced). (Keith
& Margot Cornish)
NCI Exmouth Leads The Way
12th May. Exmouth RNLI's ILB
sped over to the NCI Exmouth RIB on Friday to award us 'Best Dressed Welcoming
Boat', bedecked, as we were, in NCI flags, Union Jack and bunting. Several
NCI members had borrowed a RIB to lead the welcoming flotilla for Exmouth's new Shannon class
lifeboat 13-03, aka 'R & J Welburn'.
In spite of a bit of a churn,
especially in the choppy wake of 4 Caterpillar C9 engines pushing over 2,000 hp through 4
Hamilton HJ 362 Waterjets, several small craft - and the 'Pride of Exmouth' - braved the
outer channel to meet 13-03 as she came across from Brixham on the way to her new home at
Exmouth. This once-in-a-lifetime experience was shared
by hundreds of excited spectators on shore around the Lifeboat Station and seafront. Why
'once-in-a-lifetime' ? Because the anticipated life of this new supercraft is 50 years,
with a major refit at 25 years. We at NCI Exmouth wish her a safe and lifesaving journey
into the year 2064.
Beach Quality 2014 - Exmouth Does It Again
15th. For the second year running, the
Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has awarded Exmouth Beach top marks for beach quality,
according to the goodbeachguide.co.uk
report published this morning.