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Watch station founder stands down

By This is Exeter  |  Posted: March 04, 2009

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A COASTWATCH station manager who has helped keep an eye on the seas of South Devon has retired.

Froward Point's first coastwatch manager has handed over the reigns of the station near Kingswear.

Mike Povey has been station manager at the lookout, east of the Dart estuary, since it was established in 2005.

He has been credited with setting up the station and has stepped down before he retires to North Somerset.

His successor is Bob Tozer, an ex-Royal Navy officer and businessman.

Mr Povey said in his final speech to National Coastwatch Institution members at the Royal Dart Yacht Club that starting up the Froward Point station has been a massive job.

Mike and his team of original members brought the station up from virtually nothing, converting Second World War gun battery for the lookout.

He has seen the station grow to a staff of approximately 70 volunteers who man the watch every day during daylight hours.

Volunteers observe, report and assist Brixham coastguard.

Mr Tozer said that he would work hard to maintain Mike's high standards.

He said that such was Mike's esteem in the eyes of the NCI Centre, it had asked if he wanted to open a watch station in the Bristol Channel near his new home.

Bob said: "Such is Mike's achievement, it would have asked him to open a Coastwatch station even if he was moving to Birmingham."

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