News (Jul 2020 - Nov 2019)
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International Maritime Flags
Nautical flags are an international code system used for two ships to signal to each other or for a ship to signal to shore. Using a group of different colored flags, shaped flags and markings each one has a different meaning. The flags can be used alone or in combination with another flag.
Nautical flags are made up of 26 square flags (which represent the letters of the alphabet) along with 10 numbered pendants; one answering pendant and three substitutes or repeaters. For easy recognition nautical flags are either red and white, yellow and blue, blue and white, black and white along with plain red, white and blue.
Nautical flags and the knowledge of their meanings are valuable at sea in case of danger or breakdowns in other communications systems such as radio. One-flag signals are urgent or common signals.
One of the most common flags seen is the A or Alpha flag which means there is a diver down. Other indications that there is a diver include the traditional red and white dive flag or surface location markers as shown below.
For more details of maritime flags click here.
From Friday 12th June, Teignmouth NCI watchkeepers will be back on duty helping to keep beach visitors and boat users safe.
Initially, we will be on watch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with reduced hours of 09:00 - 16:30. We aim to extend these hours asap.
With safety in mind, our watchkeepers will be doing shorter, solo watches supported by a remote, phone 'buddy'. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the lookout will not be open to visitors.
Thank you for all the supportive messages and donations we have received whilst we have been closed, they are truly appreciated.
NO LIFEGUARDS - RNLI lifeguards are not yet patrolling local beaches this summer.
If you’re heading to the beach, stay safe: check the weather and tides, supervise children at all times and don't use inflatables.
In an emergency, call 999 for the Coastguard.
For the latest information and beach safety advice visit: The RNLI website.
Coronavirus - following the government restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus all NCI stations have closed.
The Teignmouth station closed on the 16th March 2020.
Our website Teignmouth NCI is operating during the closure, including the cameras and weather station. You can contact us via the webmaster email link.
Please email @ Webmaster if you have any questions.
Station Managers Meeting
A very special Station Managers meeting took place recently at the Victory Services Club in London, when our Royal patron, HRH The Princess Royal kindly accepted an invitation to join us and meet the volunteer Station Managers of the National Coastwatch Institution.
Her Royal Highness was greeted by Lesley Suddes (Chairman) and Air-Commodore Nigel Beet (CEO Victory Services Club) before moving downstairs to meet the assembled Station Managers.
The Station representatives had been grouped together into geographical areas and The Princess Royal visited each group where she was given a short introduction to their region. Her Royal Highness expressed her pleasure at meeting so many of the station representatives from around the country and said that she found the group presentations interesting and informative. She then said that in her view, meetings like this were a very valuable way of sharing information, discussing best practice and equipment – including which kettles make the best tea when on watch. Her Royal Highness concluded by thanking everyone present for all their hard work which is what makes the charity the success it is today.
New Station Manager
On Thursday 5th December, Teignmouth NCI held its AGM at the Den Bowling Club. As well as electing new officers, members at the AGM saw Eddy Stephenson stand down as Station Manager.
Teignmouth station has come a long way under Eddy’s leadership and it was with real pleasure, and gratitude, that members were able to present Eddy with a token of appreciation for his hard work over the past 10 years. Eddy would be the first to acknowledge that the support of Tricia through those years has made his job a lot easier, and it was with equal pleasure that watch keepers were also able to recognise that support with a basket of flowers for Tricia. A sincere thank you to the Stephenson ‘team’ for 10 years of true commitment.
Thanks were also given to Rob Voysey who has stood down from his role as one of the Lookout Team.
Following the AGM, the new Station Manager, Isobel Brooks was welcomed to the role by Eddy at the lookout.
On Friday 8th November, the training section of Teignmouth NCI held a very successful Watchkeepers Update session courtesy of Bishopsteignton Methodist church.
There were 5 trainers and the session was attended by 14 watchkeepers and trainees.
There were presentations on chartwork and vessel recognition followed by some practical skills-based activities for radio use. These included Conning the Lifeboat and Effective Radio Communication.
The final session was another 'hands on' activity on chartwork.
All the activities were organised and delivered by our experienced trainers who are thanked for all their hard work.
On Sunday morning, 10th November, representatives of Teignmouth NCI joined the Remembrance Day parade in Teignmouth.
Suitably protected against the weather, a number of watchkeepers marched and during the service, our Station Manager, Eddy laid the NCI wreath at the war memorial.