NCI EXMOUTH EXTEND OPERATING HOURS AS BUSY ‘STAYCATION’ SUMMER SEASON IS EXPECTED

29th March 2021. The NCI volunteers at Exmouth are anticipating a busy summer season because of the expectation of ‘staycation’ holidays prompted by Covid-19.

NCI Exmouth 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 NCI Exmouth was the second busiest station out of the 56 UK National Coastwatch Institution teams.

The photograph (courtesy of Hugh De Souza) shows the NCI Watchstation on Queens Drive

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