New Web Cam at NCI Exmouth now operational
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is a voluntary organisation set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations were closed due to Government cutbacks. NCI is a registered charity (1045645) controlled by a board of Trustees with a Constitution agreed by the Charities Commission.
Since 1994, NCI has set up visual watch stations at 28 locations along the coast, from Lands End in the South West to Hartlepool in the North East.
NCI Exmouth is one of the busiest stations in the network, which, in 2004, recorded in excess of 9,500 boat and water sport movements with 32 incidents, (life or injury threatening) reported to HM Coastguard.
To celebrate National Coastwatch Institution's 10th anniversary, NCI Exmouth has installed a revised website, a new dedicated web cam, a weather station & statistical data base allowing all those who use the coast for water sports to consider whether the sea conditions are within their abilities. By providing these facilities, we hope to significantly reduce the need for Lifeboat & Coastguard call-outs.
NCI Exmouth was able to install the web cam and data and ensure it was fully operational by March 2005 with the support of Branch Patron & Former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell OBE, of Woodbury Park Golf & County Club, and new Patrons John Hibbard K007 and Judy Spiers of BBC Radio Devon. Additional donations from East Devon District Council, Exmouth Town Council and other leading local businesses were also received to enable these facilities to be purchased and installed.
The revised web site, web cam and data pack, which costs over £3K, is a single unit with a four positional viewing format covering the area out into Lyme Bay covering Orcombe Point to the Exe Estuary. The Met Office has given additional information to our existing weather package including shipping forecast, inshore waters forecast, observations page, plus a link to Marine Call.
The weather data pack will be used for educational purposes at local schools in the area, with St Peters School, Lympstone, the first to use the data for a year 7 & 8 project, and it will be presented to parents, teaching staff and pupils later in the year.