Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 280
Alternatively select a specific year to see how many Incidents were reported for that Year.

During 2020 all NCI stations closed for two months at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. On re-opening most stations were single-crewed for the rest of the year.

Please note: NCI Canvey Island was previously know as NCI Holehaven and moved location on Monday 18 October 2021. All NCI Canvey Island Incident Summaries before that date will be in respect of NCI Holehaven at its previous location.

Glossary of Terms
FAWGI = False Alarm With Good Intent, MoP = Member of the Public, NFA = No Further Action, HMCG, CG or MCA = Coastguard, MisPer = Missing Person
CRT = Coastguard Rescue Team, CGOC = Coast Guard Operations Centre, ILB/ALB/LB = Lifeboats, MV = Motor Vessel, MB = Motor Boat,
ML = Motor Launch, FV = Fishing Vessel, PB = Power Boat, PWC = Personal Water Craft ("Jet Ski"), RIB = Rigid Inflatable Boat,
VLCC = Very Large Crude Carrier, UKBF = UK Border Force
Incident No. Date of Incident Station Name Incident Summary Initiated by Lifeboat involved MCA MCA No.
49418 19/04/2024 NCI Torbay Ch 00 to Torbay ILB - EPIRB - ILB checked vessel - no sign of EPIRB. NCI Torbay assisted with visual search. AWLB tasked to continue search, HMCG stood all stations down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 511748
49367 12/04/2024 NCI Torbay YBS called NCI Torbay on 65 - stuck on Wave Buoy. NCI contacted HMCG - AWLB deployed NCI Yes Yes 510866
49258 02/04/2024 NCI Torbay MOP called NCI re washed up drum, labelled Sulphuric Acid, on beach. HM could not be contacted, HMCG informed, CRT tasked. HM then informed NCI the drum had been recovered, CRT stood down. NCI No Yes 509518
49185 23/03/2024 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report of wind surfer near rocks. NCI observed until out of sight. AWLB tasked, Fishing vessel passed closeout did not stop. NCI then observed casualty waving, , and conned LB onto casualty, who was recovered. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 508238
49128 18/03/2024 NCI Torbay HMCG issued Pan Pan re. vessel with mechanical issue. Second vessel responded, NCI contacted vessel to say it had visual. Second vessel took casualty under tow, to harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 507657
49148 18/03/2024 NCI Torbay MOP called re. concern for kite surfer, falling frequently. NCI had logged casualty, HMCG informed and asked NCI to monitor. Second MOP also expressed concern. Surfer came close to beach, then , went out to sea again, and returned to beach again, so W/K spoke with him to confirm he was packing up. Affirmative - CG informed. NCI No Yes 507705
49100 11/03/2024 NCI Torbay Pan Pan from vessel with engine failure, lack of fuel and battery failure. NCI had visual, HMCG informed. Casualty had dinghy with outboard attached, and was at anchor. NCI had called Harbour Master, requesting tow, and Fishing vessel arrived to offer tow. CG and HM informed. Casualty towed to marina. MCA/HMCG No Yes 506922
49054 06/03/2024 NCI Torbay Power boat called NCI on Ch65, anticipating they may run out of fuel before reaching harbour. Harbour Master informed, and monitoring requested. Possible tow arranged, but assistance not needed. NCI No No n/a
49034 03/03/2024 NCI Torbay Harbour Master requested NCI observe jetski doing doughnuts too close to anchored cargo vessel, which had expressed concern. NCI located vessel, heading towards harbour. H M advised, and said, appropriate advice would be given. NCI No Yes n/a
49011 01/03/2024 NCI Torbay HMCG asked NCI for weather update as a person had been recovered from sea and a HELO may be needed. NCI advised that that part of the bay was not visible, however did give weather condition report. , Casualty was recovered and transferred to ambulance, but no further input from NCI. MCA/HMCG No Yes 505865
48896 14/02/2024 NCI Torbay NCI contacted harbour authority re. 2 sailing dinghies lost in fog. @ harbours contacted and neither reported and vessels launched. HMCG informed, no action necessary, and no further sighting. NCI No Yes 504224
48568 06/01/2024 NCI Torbay HMCG passed info to NCI Torbay re Missing Person from day before. Kept observtions while -ILB CG Helo searched until stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 500514
48250 30/11/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report of paddle boarder in difficulty. Search requested, casualty spotted, CG informed, of location. CRT also tasked, and took over situation. NCI stood down, , Later all reported to be well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 543504
47856 21/10/2023 NCI Torbay NCI heard message to ILB re. swimmer missing. Search of area by NCI spotted swimmer, CG informed, and tasked ILB, which recovered casualty to beach MCA/HMCG No Yes 439089
47844 19/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of unmanned jetski floating off headland. NCI informed CG a cabin cruiser was approaching object. AWLB tasked and recovered jetski. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538848
47801 14/10/2023 NCI Torbay NCI Torbay observed 2 persons on rocks with tide rising. HMCG informed- ILB was already tasked elsewhere, but became available. Continued monitoring - observed casualties climbing to safety - , informed ILB NCI Yes Yes 538256
47732 09/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI Torbay re MOP reported jet ski adrift. NCI checked and found Ocean rowing craft with 1 POB not in difficulty. HMCG confirmed it was vessel reported Stood Down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 537626
47734 09/10/2023 NCI Torbay RIB observed - outboard not working- using oars. NCI contacted Harbour Master Oscar 4 launched - nothing found - casualty self recovered NCI Yes No
47641 01/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI Torbay re MOP reported SUP in difficulty. NCI made visual and camera search - nothing found. NCI stood down MCA/HMCG No Yes 536576
47733 01/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI Torbay after report from MOP re SUP appeared in difficulty. NCI scanned but nothing found. CG called back to say person no longer in the water. MCA/HMCG No Yes 536576
47106 20/08/2023 NCI Torbay NCI received call from HMCG re. open career on Ch 16. Asked to listen for background sounds, which continued until watch closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 530300
47057 18/08/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. possible suicide attempt. Visual not possible due to poor visibility. CRT tasked, also PCSO. Casualty removed from sea, by CRT, ILB also requested, then stood down. , Casualty taken in ambulance for treatment. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529703
47056 17/08/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of inflatable, 2 POB, in difficulty. Nothing seen. CRT and ILB tasked.ILB found green rubber ring, but nothing else, assets stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529620
47039 16/08/2023 NCI Torbay Harbour authority contacted NCI re. report from MOP of a fridge/freezer floating in sea. Extensive search revealed nothing. Various vessels also searched but nothing found. NCI No No n/a
46873 03/08/2023 NCI Torbay NCI called by HMCG re. 4 kayakers in distress, reported by MOP. NCI established visual, casualties heading for beach, no apparent distress. kayakers eventually lost to sight, but not in distress. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 526794
46874 03/08/2023 NCI Torbay Yacht called NCI on Ch65 with flat battery. NCI called harbour master, who said he would send assistance. Yacht then reported engine started, so assets stood down. NCI No Yes n/a
46786 29/07/2023 NCI Torbay NCI observed 2 kayaks struggling against wind. HMCG informed, observation requested. Casualties eventually reached calmer water and reached the beach. CG informed, NFA NCI No Yes 526617
46676 19/07/2023 NCI Torbay Yacht informed HMCG they had engine failure, and could not make Dartmouth. NCI advised CG fog was lifting and would supervise vessel. No issues on board. Vessel reached Brixham safely, CG informed MCA/HMCG No Yes 524231
46656 17/07/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. concern for swimmer reported by MOP. Visual check requested. Nothing seen, and Paddle Boarder on scene showing no concern. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 524072
46529 10/07/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. call from MOP about jetski, 2 POB, struggling with power. NCI already had visual. NCI asked to monitor. Casualty headed slowly towards harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 523079
46516 09/07/2023 NCI Torbay NCI w/k reported from his boat, a floating fridge/freezer, causing a danger to vessels. HMCG informed. Harbour master also informed. Object predicted to hit land if current wind is maintained. NFA NCI No Yes 522866
46473 05/07/2023 NCI Torbay DCS alert, and Pan Pan re. yacht with engine failure, NCI had visual, HMCG informed. No vessels in area. ILB tasked, and NCI conned LB onto casualty after confusion as to position. ILB towed yacht , to safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 522071
46427 03/07/2023 NCI Torbay NCI observed a trackside fire, phoned Fire Brigade, who were just arriving on scene. HMCG informed as courtesy NCI No Yes n/a
46301 25/06/2023 NCI Torbay NCI received call from ferry to say 3 paddle boarders were in trouble due to offshore wind. NCI had visual, called harbour authority but RIB towed them to beach and safety. NCI No No n/a
46303 25/06/2023 NCI Torbay AWLB was returning from a call when it was called by a yacht struggling against wind and tide. LB said they would return after dropping off casualties. NCI had visual and conned LB onto yacht, , which was towed to safety by LB. RNLI Yes Yes n/a
46304 25/06/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report of inflatable blown out to sea, unsure if anyone with it. Search revealed nothing, CG informed. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 520442
46312 25/06/2023 NCI Torbay NCI received call from MOP re. 6 persons on 4 paddle boards, which they had been monitoring. HMCG informed. 2 reached beach, then 1 new PB went out to escort them in. CG informed., Remaining PBs went out of sight, so W/K drove to check they had reached beach, all safe, but cold. Only 2 of 7 were wearing buoyancy aids. NCI No Yes
46294 24/06/2023 NCI Torbay MOP införmed NCI os a shout for help , visibility zero due to fog. HMCG informed, CRT tasked and spoke to informant. AWLB and ILB tasked and assisted paddle boarders in distress in fog. NCI Yes Yes 520093
46213 16/06/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG requested assistance from any vessel for RIB out of fuel, 2 POB. Vessel contacted NCI but they did not have visual. Casualty then located and taken under tow by other vessel. Location turned , out to be wrong, and out of NCI view. Casualty towed to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 518547
45957 30/05/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted harbour master vessel re. semi submerged wind surfer/paddle board. NCI directed vessel to object, which turned out to be a marker buoy. Assets stood down. NCI No Yes n/a


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