Exmouth RNLI, Marina and local residents urge water users to Respect the Water

Lifeboats News Release

Last month, signs were installed on Exmouth Marina swing bridge, promoting the charity that saves lives at sea’s safety campaign. Sailors leaving the Marina will be reminded to wear a lifejacket and a kill cord, at all times.

Exmouth Marina Respect the Water signs with RNLI safety volunteers, Marina staff and residents

Exmouth RNLI

Respect the Water signs on Exmouth Marina swing

Concerned Exmouth Marina residents wanted to warn boat users of dangers and thought the use of the charity’s Respect the Water logo would be appropriate.

Resident and National Coastwatch Institution volunteer, Ian Coupe said:

‘The RNLI logo is widely recognisable and we wanted to make sailors think twice about being prepared before they left the Marina. Having means of communication, an appropriate lifejacket, kill cord (depending on boat) and suitable clothing for the conditions is something every water user should check before setting off.’

Exmouth Marina Management Company worked with Exmouth Marina Ltd. and Exmouth RNLI Community Safety Officer, Dave Littlefield to action the design and installation of the four signs.

Volunteer, Dave Littlefield paid for the signs in memoriam of his parents in law, who recently passed away. He said:

‘I wanted to give local boat users a gift in memoriam of Lee and Colin Warren. Lee was an avid sailor and I thought it would be fitting to remember them this way. This is a great example of the community getting in touch with us to help prevent loss of lives at sea.’


PR090519 Exmouth Marina safety signs on the bridge with local boat yard owner and Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteer, Mark Sansom passing, suitably equipped.

(L to R: Exmouth RNLI Community Safety Officer, Dave Littlefield; Exmouth RNLI Community Safety Adviser, Hugh de Souza; Exmouth Marina resident and Exmouth NCI volunteer, Ian Coupe; Exmouth Marina Management Company Director and resident, Peter Fox; Exmouth Marina resident, Chris Brierley; Exmouth Harbour Master, Steve Hockings-Thompson; Exmouth Assistant Harbour Master, Harry Griffin.

Notes to editors

Exmouth RNLI are currently recruiting a variety of shore-based volunteer roles. Applications need to be made online, following the relevant links, by 1 June:

Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM): https://bit.ly/2u7XnS5

Deputy Launching Authority (DLA): https://bit.ly/2u06VyK

(for enquiries for both, please email nigel_jones@rnli.org.uk)

Lifeboat Administrative Officer (LAO): https://bit.ly/2u3WxWQ

(for enquiries, please email chair@exmouthlifeboat.org.uk)

Community Safety Advisers (CSA): https://bit.ly/2T0EDhp

(for enquiries, please email safety@exmouthlifeboat.org.uk)

Fundraising Box Secretary: https://bit.ly/2Che3uS

(for enquiries, please email ellie_walker@rnli.org.uk)


The next RNLI lifejacket clinic will take place at NCI Open Day on 8 June.

· Exmouth lifeboat station has been operating since 1803. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: www.exmouthlifeboat.org.uk

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