News (May 2016 - Mar 2015)
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Call us on VHF Channel 65
With the boating season now well underway it is time to remind all boaters that we can be called on Channel 65 anytime between 0900 - 1800 for radio checks and information about weather conditions. Unfortunately due to copyright constraints we are not permitted to repeat met office forecasts.
For those that have been wondering about the tug towing a large cube shaped object round and round near the Orestone for the last week we have an answer.
The tug is MTS Victory and towing a concrete caisson. Her destination is Devonport. She was due there a couple of weeks ago but on her due arrival date Devonport was closed to all vessels as a number of submarines were either in port, arriving or leaving.
Victory is due to make her way to Devonport 'within the next few days'.
Upturned Boat on the Beach
With two incidents in October we might have expected November to be quieter but watchkeepers found an upturned open boat washed up below the Yacht Club. Solent Coast Guard were advised, adding it to their "lost and found" log. The local CG team turned out to haul the boat up the beach.
Incidents October 2015
2nd October - The RIB 'Doc Martin'
The RIB 'Doc Martin' got into difficulties entering harbour when she lost her steering. Although the sea was calm, the waters in the estuary mouth were truly horrible. The RIB had been logged earlier when she left harbour and, returning a short while later, was logged as entering again. Within a few moments she reappeared and gave all the appearance of behaving like a jet ski where the rider is 'playing' with the surf. Within seconds she put out a 'May Day' Watchkeepers made immediate phone contact with Solent and advised that they had visual on the RIB and were able to give her position and maintain a running commentary as Solent put out a call for any vessel in the vicinity to go to her aid. Thankfully, 'Teign C' was dredging at the Point and responded immediately, managing to get a line aboard and tow 'Doc Martin' into calm water in front of the lookout before transferring all 3 of those on board. The RIB was then towed into Teignmouth where it was discovered that her steering cable had snapped.
9th October - Unmanned motor launch washed up
Watchkeepers observed a motor launch drifting on the tide towards Teignmouth from the Parson and Clerk for a couple of hours. At first it was thought that she was fishing. When no one had been visible on board for over an hour and she was starting to drift inshore, Solent Coastguard were alerted and advised of watchkeepers' concerns. Before Solent took action the boat got caught in a strong current and headed rapidly for the beach.
Teignmouth station manager, Eddy Stephenson and retired NCI Trustee, Jim Hay, were visiting the Lookout at the time.
Eddy and Jim went into hands-on action and managed to prevent damage to the launch until the lifeboat arrived. Thankfully there was no one ill or injured on board, the cabin door was locked and the outboard motor stowed neatly inside. The boat had broken her moorings somewhere in the Exe and simply had herself a lazy ‘awayday’ drifting with the tide.
...more on the New Lookout - Project Diary page
VHF Channel 65
Following reports that vessels calling us on Channel 65 have been unable to hear our replies we have carried out a number of tests. We have successfully communicated with the dredger Teign C operating in the channel by the pier and a vessel in the Exe. We therefore conclude that our set is working however it has to be remembered that VHF is essentially "line of site" and with the present low level of our aerials we are probably heavily screened from vessels in the estuary. Our reception will obviously improve when we move to the new Lookout.
Jellyfish found on Beach
A large and rather nasty jellyfish found on Teignmouth beach today.
Photo reproduced courtesy of Dorothy Dawson (Pictures of Teignmouth)
Temporary Lookout Arrives
Monday 2nd March
Big day! This morning our temporary Lookout arrived on site and we just hope that the winter storms have passed because this will be vulnerable to a big easterly gale.
Read more on our New Lookout - Project Diary page