Record-high numbers recorded using waters off Exmouth beach

A 22-year record-high number of water users have been logged taking to the sea off Exmouth in September.

Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) volunteers last month recorded 2,750 vessels passing the Queen’s Drive lookout – an increase of 400 from 2019 figures.

The lookout volunteers said the number of responses to potentially life-threatening incidents also reached an all-time high, from May until September.

NCI watchkeepers responded to 32 incidents involving boat users, kite surfers, paddle boarders and swimmers.

Ivor Jones, NCI station manager, said: “Since the lifting of the Covid lockdown, Exmouth NCI has been on duty every day since the 16th of May.”

He added: “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.”

Since May, NCI Exmouth watchkeepers logged 12,685 vessel movements – an increase of 999 – compared with 13,684 for the same period last year.

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