Exmouth coast watchers extend hours as busy ‘staycation’ summer season is expected

Coast watchers in Exmouth are anticipating a busy summer season because of the expectation of ‘staycation’ holidays prompted by Covid-19.

Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) this week announced the start of longer operational hours, beginning on Thursday, April 1, from 8.30am until 6.30pm.

The watchkeepers – who keep an eye on the coast, beach and water users from the lookout above the harbour View Café, in Queens Drive – hope to double-up on duties once Covid restrictions allow.

Ivor Jones, the town’s NCI station manager, said: “We would like the public to be aware that we will be on duty watching out for their safety from 8.30 until 18.30 from 1st April.

“Watchkeepers keep a close eye on beach and water users and operate on VHF channel 65 Call sign ‘Exmouth NCI’ for local weather forecasts and radio checks.”

In 2020 Exmouth NCI was the second busiest station out of the 56 UK coastwatch teams.

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