Browsing: Exmouth

Exmouth RNLI was called to aid a 22ft yacht reorted to be in difficulty on the River Exe north of Starcross. The town’s inshore lifeboat D-755 Peggy-D was launched yesterday (Friday, September 25) at around 2.20pm following a call from HM Coastuard. Its volunteer crew Scott Ranft, James Searle and James Edge reached the supposedly stricken vessel around ten minutes later. The crew member was equipped with all necessary safety equipment… A spokesperson for the charity said: “It was established that the yacht had problems making progress but the single crew member had received assistance and required no further help.…

Exmouth inshore lifeboat crew was on Thursday night (September 24) tasked to search for two people seen on mudflats near Exton. The lifeboat launched shortly after 8pm after the Coastguard raised the alert two people had been seen in the River Exe. The Exmouth RNLI crew and emergency services stood down an hour later after a ‘comprehensive search’ found nothing. The lifeboat crew was joined in the search by the police helicopter, officers, and Exmouth Coastguard. An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “HM Coastguard tasked the Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat to a report of a sighting of two individuals in the…

Plastic washed up from around the coastline is being sailed up the Exe Estuary to Exmouth in a first-of-its-kind carbon-free journey to raise awareness of recycling. The 112-year-old schooner, The Annette, is set to dock at Exmouth Marina on Wednesday, September 30, with more than one tonne of marine plastics onboard. The cargo will be sorted in Exeter then sent off for recycling, where some of the plastic will be made into sea kayaks. The boat, belonging to Clean Ocean Sailing, is currently en-route from Gweek, in Cornwall, and will stop and perform more clean-ups on the way to Exmouth.…

An 88-year-old Exmouth woman dedicated to tackling a marathon in a month for Hospiscare has left the charity in ‘awe’ of her efforts. Jenny Richardson, of Withycombe Raleigh, Exmouth, signed up to the hospice charity’s latest fundraiser in a bid to beat the lockdown blues, and has set up a JustGiving page for donations. The pensioner, who will be accompanied by her pet dog, 11-year-old Alfie, said she was motivated to take part knowing her efforts would help others. Jenny, who has an arthritic hip and uses a stick to walk, said: “Since March, Alfie and I haven’t had much…

A motor cruiser ran out of fuel and began drifting out of control in worsening weather conditions off Budleigh Salterton on Tuesday night (September 22). The stricken vessel with two onboard was rescued by Exmouth RNLI, who urged sailors to check fuel levels and equipment before setting off on trips. Exmouth RNLI said the crew towed the boat to safety, avoiding ‘a more serious situation from developing’. Steve Hockings-Thompson, Exmouth RNLI coxswain, said: “It goes without saying that if you are undertaking a long journey by sea you should ensure that you have sufficient fuel for the trip before embarking.…

Children as young as a year old who tackled bike trail challenges in Exmouth and Exeter helped raise almost £500 for charity. Some 125 young cyclists, aged between one and six, took part in the Little Wheels Lockdown Ride 2020, organised by East Devon-based business, Whizz Kids Toys. The youngsters’ efforts raised a total of £458 for nationwide charity Whizz-Kidz, who works to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK. Exmouth-based business woman Kes Reid organised the virtual event for little legs with routes between 2.2 to 3km in length, that families could complete at their own pace…

Plans have been revealed for 39 new homes on part of the former Rolle College site in Exmouth. The scheme would see existing buildings demolished and replaced with a five-storey block of 25 apartments and ten houses. Applicant Acorn Property Group is also seeking listed building consent to convert the 19th century Eldin House into four self-contained flats. The 1.9-acre plot – next to the recently-opened new Deaf Academy – is flanked by Fairfield Road, Portland Avenue and Douglas Avenue. Vehicle and pedestrian accesses, landscaping and associated infrastructure are also proposed along with 64 parking spaces. The application says existing…

Celebrations have been held by Exmouth Rowing Club, showcasing a new boat bought thanks to help from a town council grant. The group, which came out of lockdown in August, recently bought a Lightboat single skull with a £750 gift from Exmouth Town Council, added to club funds. The club said new boat will help its rowers boost their technique and skills in the water. Joe Stafford, Exmouth Rowing Club captain, said the club was ‘enormously grateful’ to the town council for its grant help. He said: “The new addition to our fleet will help us with coaching to encourage…

A jet-skier came to the aid of a pair of capsized kayakers being swept out to sea off Exmouth. The duo got into trouble on the River Exe estuary at around 11.45am yesterday (Saturday, September 19) after colliding with a buoy. One of the casualties needed oxygen after suffering from extreme cold and was treated by paramedics. The Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to the incident and crew members gave first-aid before an ambulance arrived. It was very fortunate that both casualties were wearing proper buoyancy aids that undoubtedly helped prevent a more serious situation – Exmouth RNLI helm…

A packed programme of autumn events is promised by a new, travelling Creative Cabin in East Devon after its successful launch in Exmouth. The Honiton-based Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) and Wild East Devon have teamed up for the innovative and mobile initiative exploring art, culture and nature. It travelled to Exmouth over the August bank holiday and offered three days of fun-filled activities. Now a host of projects, talks, performances and workshops have been announced for the autumn exploring our relationship with nature and the climate emergency. The programme begins with a talk by Turner Prize winning artist Richard Long.…

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