Chart plotting and listening to marine radio showcased in annual open day

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 June 2019

Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6247. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6247. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth Coastwatch's tower was opened up to the public to give people a behind-the-scenes look at the work they do.

Visitors at the Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6266. Picture: Terry IfeVisitors at the Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6266. Picture: Terry Ife

There was also an opportunity for a free lifejacket and buoyancy checks by the RNLI at the open day on Saturday (June 8).

National Coastwatch Institute (NCI) volunteers showcased the skills they use on a daily basis to keep a safe watch over Exmouth's tidal waters and busy beach.

Visitors got the chance to have a go at chart plotting, listen in on marine radio and look out across Lyme Bay through high-powered optics.

This year, Exmouth NCI - one of 50 stations nationwide and the third busiest in 2018 - celebrates its 21st year of operation. Throughout British Summer Time, its qualified watch keepers monitor water-based activity seven days a week.

Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6262. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6262. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Coastwatch has been based at the tower above Harbour View Cafe since 1998.

For more information, visit the Exmouth Coastwatch website

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Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6259. Picture: Terry IfeExmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6259. Picture: Terry Ife

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John Fendick at the Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6253. Picture: Terry IfeJohn Fendick at the Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6253. Picture: Terry Ife

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Darcy DeSouza collecting for Exmouth Coastwatch during their open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6241. Picture: Terry IfeDarcy DeSouza collecting for Exmouth Coastwatch during their open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6241. Picture: Terry Ife

Nigel Bovey, Zan Nye, John Fendick and Jill Pritchet at the Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6243. Picture: Terry IfeNigel Bovey, Zan Nye, John Fendick and Jill Pritchet at the Exmouth Coastwatch open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6243. Picture: Terry Ife

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Darcy DeSouza collecting for Exmouth Coastwatch during their open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6240. Picture: Terry IfeDarcy DeSouza collecting for Exmouth Coastwatch during their open day. Ref exe 24 19TI 6240. Picture: Terry Ife

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