Exmouth Coastwatch open day to mark 20 years of coastline vigilance

PUBLISHED: 14:23 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:23 10 May 2018

Exmouth Coastwatch, based in Queen's Drive.

Exmouth Coastwatch, based in Queen's Drive.

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An open day is being held this weekend to mark 20 years of volunteers keeping watch over Exmouth’s coastline.

Exmouth Coastwatch, based at the tower next to Harbour View Café, was formed in 1998 as one of the National Coastwatch Institute’s (NCI) network.

Some 20 years on the number of incidents logged by the coastwatch is increasing year on year.

In 2016, there were 18 incidents, which doubled a year later making it the third busiest in the country for 2017.

A spokesman for Exmouth Coastwatch said: “These incidents are spread all over the Exe estuary and west end of Lyme Bay which experiences extreme tidal flows and currents, particularly at the time of higher tides, when the speed of the falling tide may reach five or six knots.”

Coastwatch House, near the Harbour View Café, will be open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday, May 12. They will be joined by representatives of Exmouth RNLI.

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