NCI Exmouth has recently expanded its CCTV coverage to Budleigh Salterton.

A fully commissioned camera at Budleigh Salterton, along with Sideshore and the Exe Sailing Club, enables the on-duty watch keeper to keep a ‘weather eye’ on the waters.

All CCTV images can be viewed by the H M Coastguard should they need to gain a better understand of any incident.

Exmouth NCI (National Coastwatch Institution) has also recently passed its annual 'Declared Facility Status assessment', which shows the search and rescue organisations that the station and its watchkeepers are up to date with its training, equipment and procedures.

Whilst NCI Exmouth maintain Eyes Along the Coast 52 weeks of the year, watchkeeping hours are adjusted to reflect the day light hours and the activities taking place on local beaches and inshore waters.

From March 27 they open at 8.30am until 6.30pm and from May 15 from 8am to 7.30pm. During the peak Summer Months we further increase with coastal water safety advice for swimmers, paddleboarders and beach users.

For maritime assistance or concerns contact NCI Exmouth on 01395 222492 and mariners call VHF CH 65, callsign “Exmouth NCI”.

And finally, congratulations to Jim Burridge, the latest volunteer to qualify as a watchkeeper and achieving his RYA VHF Short Range Certificate.

For those who might like to become a volunteer visit the web site