Coastwatch sign to warn swimmers about dangerous stretch of Exmouth seafront

The red flag sign on display outside Coastwatch House, Queens Drive, Exmouth. Picture: Nigel Bovey

The red flag sign on display outside Coastwatch House, Queens Drive, Exmouth. Picture: Nigel Bovey - Credit: Nigel Bovey

In the absence of red flags warning swimmers not to enter the dangerous stretch of water along Exmouth seafront, National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) watchkeepers have erected a warning sign.

Situated on the slipway next to Coastwatch House in Queen’s Drive, the sign displays the prohibited area and warns would-be swimmers of the dangers.

The sign was put up on Saturday (May 30) and will be displayed until the RNLI beach lifeguards are able to resume duties.

Also on Saturday, an NCI volunteer watchkeeper raised the alarm after spotting two men on an inflatable, drifting out to sea without oars.

HM Coastguard responded by tasking the Exmouth RNLI crew, which, within nine minutes of the initial call, brought the men to shore.


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NCI station manager Ivor Jones said: “It is thanks to the combined effort of Exmouth’s search and rescue community that these gentlemen are alive and well today.

“We strongly urge all water users to take care.”

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