Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 159
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-manned for the rest of the year.

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.
39127 20/08/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG issued alert for fishing vessel broken down off Berry Head. AWLB tasked and escorted casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 028835
39029 15/08/2021 NCI Torbay NCI phoned by HMCG re kayaker fallen off and not in contact. Casualty located by camera, made his way to shore, then swam to retrieve kayak. CRT tasked but NCI told CG not needed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 028113
39030 15/08/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requeste visual on yacht adrift. Poor visibility due to squall. ILB and harbour launch tasked. Yacht towed to safety in harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 028120
39049 15/08/2021 NCI Torbay Police reported to HMCG high risk MISPER. ILB, CRT, HELO, NCI, all involved in extensive search. Nothing found. Later found in Paignton Police No Yes 028131
38809 28/07/2021 NCI Torbay Yacht radioed adrift and in danger. NCI confirmed visual and reported to HMCG. Second yacht nearby and towed to harbour. NCI No Yes 024951
38753 21/07/2021 NCI Torbay 4 youths observed tomb stoning off rock. HMCG informed. 3 jumped, 1 climbed down. No apparent injuries. NCI No Yes 023510
38707 20/07/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on swimmer possibly in difficulty. Thorough sweep of area revealed nothing MCA/HMCG No Yes 023231
38638 16/07/2021 NCI Torbay MOP reported to NCI swimmers possibly in difficulty. Reported to HMCG, but NCI did not have visual. After several calls, HMCG decided no action was needed. NCI No Yes 021811
38395 24/06/2021 NCI Torbay NCI overheard HMCG calling CRT about car over cliff. CCTV deployed to monitor. Air Ambulance, AWLB, ILB on scene. Casualty safely recovered, car stabilised MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 018617
38277 13/06/2021 NCI Torbay Kayak found on beach. NCI asked for visual - negative. ILB tasked. Harbour Master RIB recovered kayak. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 016962
38272 12/06/2021 NCI Torbay NCI requested visual by HMCG on PWC with engine failure. Then reported to not be in area first reported and stood down. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 016769
38276 12/06/2021 NCI Torbay NCI overheard HMCG requesting assistance for PWC with engine failure. NCI had visual, advised 3 other PWC in attendance. Casualty towed to safety MCA/HMCG No Yes 016881
38278 12/06/2021 NCI Torbay Casualty jumped into sea and hit submerged rock. Rescue HELO recovered casualty and transferred to land ambulance - to hospital. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 016778
38241 08/06/2021 NCI Torbay Saw smoke from nearby heathland, advised Fire & Rescue Service and HMCG. As FRS were attending, CRT not tasked. Fires brought under control within 1 hour by FRS. NFA NCI No Yes
38211 07/06/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual following MoP report of FV dropping polystyrene overboard. Advised HMCG no vessels in reported area and no sign of debris/pollution. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 016052
38194 05/06/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on broken down speedboat. Casualty spotted but appeared not in trouble. NCI continued monitoring but lost sight. HMCG reported that casualty now under tow and entering harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 015757
38196 05/06/2021 NCI Torbay Intercepted radio call from cruiser out of fuel. Advised HMCG of several boats in vicinity who may be able to help. Casualty towed into harbour by another vessel. MCA/HMCG No Yes 015792
38183 04/06/2021 NCI Torbay NCI overheard HMCG requesting ILB search for inflatable being swept out to sea. Object seen, but not the one in question. Nothing else seen, and after further search by NCI and ILB incident closed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015549
38095 30/05/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG request NCI visual on cabin cruiser with engine failure and anchor cable snapped. ILB tasked. One POB jumped into sea and reached shore, and vessel beached. Decided to leave for high tide. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014268
38101 30/05/2021 NCI Torbay NCI observed 2 MOP cut off by tide, reported to HMCG. Observed climbing cliffs, reached tree line and out of sight. CRT attended. NCI No Yes 014483
38091 29/05/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG asked NCI for visual on motor launch with engine failure. Confirmed at anchor 300m off beach. ILB tasked, and towed casualty to harbour, monitored by NCI. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014148
38082 28/05/2021 NCI Torbay NCI heard HMCG and CRT discussing PWC with 2 POB on rocks. ILB tasked. Visual sweep revealed PWC not on rocks but being towed by dinghy from nearby cabin cruiser. All safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013940
38045 23/05/2021 NCI Torbay NCI heard HMCG looking for MOP in sea off Paignton. Located person and reported to HMCG. CRT spoke to person concerned NFA. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013279
38027 20/05/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested NCI to look for casualty on cliffs. Unable to see, but monitored Police, CRT, and Ambulance in attendance. Casualty brought back to safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 012976
37738 22/04/2021 NCI Torbay A yacht on passage to Dartmouth experienced engine problems. HMCG requested NCI to look out for, as Comms were difficult. NCI unable to see yacht, and suggested NCI Froward Point may have visual MCA/HMCG No Yes 009602
37635 13/04/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on disabled MV. Located by camera, HMCG advised. Harbourmaster's vessel tasked to recover. Tow monitored by CCTV and CG informed when casualty safe. MCA/HMCG No Yes 008696
37555 06/04/2021 NCI Torbay Heard HMCG radio message to CRT to investigate male on cliff edge. Gained visual of HiVis uniformed person restraining casualty. advised CG. Police arrived and took casualty into custody. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
37518 02/04/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual check for two inflatables following 999 call. One boat towing the other using oars. Nothing seen, and primary search area outside our purview. Scanned area till end of watch. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 007553
37519 02/04/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG reported vessel at anchor following engine failure. HMCG requested any vessel ale to assist with tow. One hour later a local vessel arrived on scene and towed casualty into harbour. Advised HMCG. MCA/HMCG No Yes 007513
37483 30/03/2021 NCI Torbay Observed to paddleboarders climbing rock face. HMCG advised and asked us to monitor. Paddleboarders eventually returned to boards and back to harbour. HMCG advised. NCI No Yes 007086
37474 25/03/2021 NCI Torbay Heard PanPan call re broken down launch. Advised HMCG casualty visual and gave weather conditions. RNLI took casualties aboard and vessel now under tow. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 006586
37422 04/03/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual scan of cliffs for MisPer wearing black. NCI, Police and police helo and CRT find nothing. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 004885
37291 27/02/2021 NCI Torbay In contact with CG and Torquay HM concerning two illegal climbers seen on Thatchers Rock. Two kayaks reported leaving area. MCA/HMCG No Yes 4330
37243 15/02/2021 NCI Torbay CG called for any sighting of sailboarder reported in trouble with persons in water. Targets observed swimming back to beach, nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 3298
37196 08/02/2021 NCI Torbay CG requested visual check for persons reported in the sea off Meadfoot Beach. Area checked by CCTV and CRT but no sighting. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 2813
36945 31/12/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested any visual on disabled PWC. Target sighted and monitored until towed in by local craft. MCA/HMCG No Yes 40558
36900 28/12/2020 NCI Torbay Received report of kite surfer reportedly 'in difficulty'. Target not sighted. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 40422
36899 28/12/2020 NCI Torbay Received report of two MoP on cliffs in poor weather. Targets not visible from Station. nfa NCI No Yes 40420
36292 22/11/2020 NCI Torbay Request from Solent CG to check Brixham side of Torbay following a report of a sunken Barge, also grey hulled vessel possibly involved. Reported to Solent CG nothing visible. MCA/HMCG No Yes 035167
36533 07/11/2020 NCI Torbay HMCG requested search for casualty in the water. Reported possible sighting. Torbay CRT, LB and Police tasked to search. Casualty found out of water and safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 036605


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