Record month for Exmouth Coastwatch in September

An Exmouth NCI watchkeeper runs a radio check. Picture: Nigel Bovey

An Exmouth NCI watchkeeper runs a radio check. Picture: Nigel Bovey - Credit: Nigel Bovey

September was a record month for the Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI)

Volunteer watchkeepers logged 2,750 vessels passing the Queen’s Drive lookout. This is more than 400 vessels higher than last year and the highest September figure in the station’s 22-year history.

The number of responses to potentially life-threatening incidents from May-September was also a record high.

During this period, watchkeepers responded to 32 incidents involving boat users, kite surfers, paddle boarders or swimmers.

Since May, watchkeepers have logged 12,685 vessel movements. This compares with 13,684 for the same period last year.

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“Since the lifting of the Covid lockdown, Exmouth NCI has been on duty every day since 16 May,” said station manager Ivor Jones. “Because of Covid, watches are maintained by a single watchkeeper, rather than the usual two.

“These figures show how vital our service is to the safety of Exmouth’s water users.”

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