Some pre-2012 news items

Wayfarer Dinghy close to rocks – 3 August 2011
At 16:50, a walker reported a dinghy in trouble in Newfoundland Cove with 5 passengers. They had trouble with the outboard motor which was not responding to attempts to restart it. One of the watch team descended to a viewpoint to ascertain the details and noted the dinghy in trouble as the passengers were attempting to row clear of rocks, after which the Coastguard were informed of the problem at 17:05. At 17:15, Brixham Coastguard called out the inshore lifeboat which was launched by 17:17. By 17:18, a small single-handed launch was reported by Coastguard going to the assistance of the dinghy and the inshore lifeboat arrived to assist. By 17:19, the dinghy had been towed into deeper water and was able to sail under jib, utilising wind and tide, to its destination at Dittisham. It happened at watch changeover time, so the following were all at the lookout: Phil Charlesworth, Michael Powell, Chris Cooper, Martyn Morris.

If you click the headline on the left, you can see how the incident was reported in the Dartmouth Chronicle.
Donation by South Hams Vintage Machinery Club – June 2011
In June 2011 South Hams Vintage Machinery Club (SHVMC) organised an outing of vintage tractors on a road run, whilst collecting donations for their chosen charity – the National Coastwatch Institution at Froward Point. The cheque was presented to Station Manager Bob Tozer by Matthew Shute, the chairman of SHVMC. Also featured in the photo, taken at the lookout at Froward Point, are members of the club after touring the lookout with an explanation of how NCI Froward Point operates.

If you click the picture on the right, you can see a larger version.

Walker requiring assistance – 27 April 2011
At 1350 on 27 April, the duty team were informed of an elderly lady walker who was experiencing breathing difficulties a short distance away. They immediately notified Brixham Coastguard who summoned an ambulance. Within 10 minutes, an ambulance and rapid response vehicles were in attendance and the lady was treated in the NCI watch station. By 1417, the patient had recovered and left the site in a rapid response vehicle.


Easter welcome for walkers
Sunday, 24 April 2011 was a busy day at NCI Froward Point as Friends of Froward laid on refreshments for coast path walkers to raise funds for the operation of the station. In addition to the fine weather and splendid views, walkers enjoyed a warm welcome, hot drinks and delicious bacon rolls, cakes and biscuits.
Dr Sarah Wollaston, our local MP, spent a few days in April walking from Bantham to Broadsands in Torbay. In the course of her walk she raised funds for five coastal charities including NCI and she visited NCI Froward Point on Tuesday 12 April. As well as raising money for the worthwhile charities, she effectively conducted a walking surgery as she talked about local issues with members of the public who walked stretches of the walk with her.

If you click the small image on the left, you can see an article about the walk which appeared in Totnes Today on Wednesday 20 April.


Incident during regatta week – 28 Aug 2009
Froward Point watchkeepers observed the two masted replica of a cutter from Nelson's HMS Victory in danger of being blown onto the Mewstone in heavy seas and a strong northwesterly wind. More as reported in Herald Express . . .


Herald Express article – 12 June 2009
An excellent Herald Express piece about the value of NCI watchstations in general and the folly of the authorities in obstructing the establishment of a new station at Berry Head. . . More . . .


Incident Off The Mewstone – 14 July 2008
At 1541hrs the duty watchkeepers at Froward Point observed a small open motor boat with three people on board waving their arms, a recognised sign of distress. The vessel was drifting dangerously close to the Mewstone . . . More . . .

Incident East Of Froward Point – 13 Sep 2007
At 1050 the duty watchkeeper received a request from Brixham CG for information on the location of the motor cruiser Jelly Bean, reported in difficulties to the East of Froward Point. . . More . . .

Rescue Incident – 24 Nov 2007
At 1430 the duty watchkeepers observed a yellow inflatable boat emerging from the river at high speed, with only one person visible. The boat was lost from view . . . More . . .
  Incident Near The Homestone – 20 Feb 2007
At 1327 the duty watchkeeper picked up a VHF call for assistance to Brixham Coastguard from a 10 metre motor cruiser requesting a tow after mechanical failure. Brixham CG contacted Dart Harbour Authority and a vessel was dispatched to undertake a tow. More . . .


Incident Off The Mewstone – 27 Sep 2007
On logging in with Brixham Coastguard at 0900 the duty watchkeepers were asked if they could see a steel hulled catamaran, the Jose Jacqueline. Its reported position was a little over quarter of a mile South of the Mewstone rock. More . . .

ITV South West visits the station – 14 Feb 2007
The ITV Southwest Regional Evening News has been running a series of short features on Winter Walks in the region, presented by Martin Hesp. More . . .

DFS Certificate Presentation – 24 Sep 2007
Froward Point was successfully assessed for Declared Facility Status (DFS) on 24 September. To achieve DFS it was necessary to show that national standards agreed between the Coastguard and NCI had been met. More . . .
  Incident Off The Dart – 10 Feb 2007
At 1105 the duty watchkeepers spotted a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) approx 5 metres in length about half a mile west of the station in rough seas, three persons were visible and observed to be waving their arms, a recognised distress signal. More . . .