News (Feb 2014 - Jul 2013)
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4th-5th February 2014 Storm
Watchkeepers had a nice safe ringside seat for this one ...
but lots of damage done and too many people getting much too close to the danger.
A video clip of the storm can be viewed on Port-hand Mark's facebook page
The cargo ship "Sanko Mineral" has been anchored about 4Nm off Teignmouth pretty much constantly since early November 2013 and despite the fact that she isn't a vessel in distress - at least in the maritime sense - we are frequently asked questions about her.
A little plundering of Google has revealed:
- The vessels owners, Sanko Steamship Co, seem to be in financial difficulty and are attempting a re-organisation.
- Sanko Mineral was subject of arrest and attachment proceeding in the US in 2012 but was subsequently released before ending up off Teignmouth.
- AIS indicates that there are 15 vessels worldwide bearing the Sanko name and several of them such as the Sanko Amity anchored in the Gulf of Mexico don't seem to be doing very much. Some such as the Sanko Mermaid seem not moved for so long that AIS has given up on them.
So big....so close
The weather must be bad for something this size to have come in so close!
Patara is 182m long with a 9m draft - too deep for Teignmouth. Next destination is Port Said but according to her AIS track she took a very zig zig passage down the channel. At one point she looked as though she was heading back toward Southampton but then just east of Portland she changed course again, went round The Bill and down towards Brixham before anchoring less than 3Nm off Teignmouth.
Local Charity, Heartbeat, revealed their first defibrillator, on Thursday 21st October outside the Teign Corinthian Yacht Club.
Pictured are Keith Mason (left) whose life was recently saved by a defibrillator at his golf club and Shirley Brokenshaw.
Our congratulations to Shirley and Mike Brokenshaw for this achievement.
Teignmouth Festival of the Seas
Teignmouth NCI took a stand at this years Teignmouth Science Festival raising our profile in the Town and raising some more money for the new Lookout.
Pictured here with Teignmouth's Lady Mayor June Green are Teignmouth Science Festival volunteers including those from Coastwatch in the middle row.
Rosie Receives Her Certificate
Jeremy Linn our Coastguard liaison officer from Brixham addressed the September members' meeting giving us an update on the re-organisation of the Coastguard service, the establishment of the single Maritime Operations Centre(MOC) at Fareham and the plans for the outsourced Coastguard rescue helicopter service.
No date has yet been given for the final closure of Brixham nor have any final plans been published as to how we will be working with the new MOC.
We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Brixham and with Jeremy so it will be very sad when this finally comes to an end.
On a happier note we took the opportunity to ask Jeremy to present a watchkeeper experience certificate to Rosie Karakusevic who, as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, has been volunteering with us.
Rosie has been watch keeping with us all summer and her training was tested when we had two incidents within an hour. Rosie and I were on watch with Mike Hooper, Training Officer, when we spotted a yacht coming out of the harbour on a falling tide. It missed the channel and went aground on the sandbank. We alerted the coastguards in case a rescue was needed. Fortunately on this occasion it was not and she floated off successfully.
Minutes later we spotted a small rigid inflatable boat drifting out to sea. We couldn’t see anyone on board or in the water and alerted the coastguard. The dredger Teign C was working nearby and the coastguard radioed them for help. They picked up the dinghy and after a radio broadcast by the coastguard were later able to reunite it with its yacht, whose crew hadn’t noticed that they were no longer towing their tender. A happy conclusion and thankfully there wasn’t anyone lying injured in the bottom of the boat.
Donation from John Lewis Community Fund
The John Lewis Community Matters Fund has made a very generous donation of £750 to Teignmouth Coastwatch, which will help to fund our new lookout.
Our thanks to John Lewis, the staff of Exeter branch and the customers who voted for us with their green tokens.
The cheque was collected on Monday 22nd by watchkeepers Isobel Brooks (our Rota Officer) and Vida Bamforth (who is also a John Lewis partner).
From left to right in the photo - Isobel Brooks, Sophie O'Connor (JLP) and Vida Bamforth
A spokesman for John Lewis said:
Community Matters allows John Lewis customers to be directly involved in deciding how much each good cause receives, via a token voting system by the front entrance. At the end of each round of voting, John Lewis splits a £3,000 donation according to the proportion of the customer vote they received.
The organisations to receive support from John Lewis Exeter are Teignmouth Coastwatch, Hospiscare and Merry Go Round Toy Library. Community Matters allows charities to receive support as financial support, volunteering time from John Lewis Partners (staff), or products from its shops.
Hospiscare gained the majority of the vote with 58%, and received a donation from John Lewis of £1740. John Arnold from Hospiscare said: “With this money will plan to replace our crockery, cutlery and glassware in the ward at the hospice on Dryden Road in Exeter”
Teignmouth Coastwatch received a donation of £750 after gaining 25% of the vote. With John Lewis' support the charity hope to rebuild the watchtower in Teignmouth. Vida Bamforth who is a volunteer and also a Partner (staff) at John Lewis said, 'Everyone is thrilled with the amount, this will help with reaching our target for rebuilding.'
With the remaining 17% of the vote, Merry Go Round Toy Library will use John Lewis' donation of £510 to buy new toys for the library. Pat Cusa from the charity said, 'This money will help to replace some of the older toys and mean we can provide more variety for the children.'
News Letter 2013
WE’VE ONLY GONE AND DONE IT!!!
PLANS APPROVED BY TEIGNBRIDGE COUNCIL. Now the really hard work starts! A sub-committee is to be formed to deal with day-to-day issues of building, fundraising and publicity.
We urgently need NOW all the varied skills that our membership has to offer. Please speak with a member of the committee if you can help in any way.
Cover for May 96%. 7 solo watches.
Excellent letter to our local MP from the Harbour Master Cmdr Vaughan in support of our bid for QAVS status. Watch this space for news.