Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 135
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.
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
36240 17/10/2020 NCI Torbay Monitored and updated CG on recovery by ILB of disabled RIB.. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034600
36154 02/10/2020 NCI Torbay Reported to CG that vessel reportedly dragging anchor was in fact safe. Monitored and updated when she remained in position. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033286
35887 08/09/2020 NCI Torbay Monitored and directed LB launch to sinking dinghy Updated CG when casualty safely recovered. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 029800
35838 05/09/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested any sighting of disabled speedboat. Target identified and position passed to CG for local boat to tow in MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 29379
35881 05/09/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested any sighting of disabled speedboat. Target sighted and monitored for ILB recovery. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 29379
35726 25/08/2020 NCI Torbay Liiased with CG over two paddleboarders without buoyancy vests at risk in poor conditions. Monitored and updated when they made shore safely. MCA/HMCG No Yes 027569
35516 12/08/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested visual monitoring of disabled RIB. Target identified and CG updated when it was towed in by another one. MCA/HMCG No Yes 024834
35459 08/08/2020 NCI Torbay Reported to CG that vessel taking in water was visual. Monitored and updated when AWLB towed her in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 23783
35458 29/07/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested any visual on four MoP cut off by tide. Observed and updated when ILB attended to bring them safely ashore. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2119
35556 29/07/2020 NCI Torbay Liaised with police and CRT to trace missing male near cliff edge. Target located on coast path and moved to hospital for assessment. Police Yes Yes n/n
35042 04/07/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested visual search for group of kayaks in poor weather. Area searched visually and with camera, but no sighting to report. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 016986
34901 11/06/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested visual monitoring of recovery by two LBs of disabled MV in poor conditions. Updated when the casualty was returned to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 13578
34821 01/06/2020 NCI Torbay Reported to CG visual contact on disabled sports boat. Updated when Torquay HM towed it in. MCA/HMCG No Yes 12249
34775 28/05/2020 NCI Torbay Relayed MoP report of inflatable 'in trouble' to CG Target sighted and monitored until it reached harbour safely. NCI No Yes 1409
34047 08/02/2020 NCI Torbay In contact with CG concerning recovery of disabled FV by RNLI.. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2746
34046 08/02/2020 NCI Torbay Assisted CG in identifying reported 'missing persons'. MCA/HMCG No Yes 2753
34045 05/02/2020 NCI Torbay Reported unattended boat to CG. Monitored and updated when divers returned to it. nfa NCI No Yes N/N
33507 31/12/2019 NCI Torbay CG requested visual check on windsurfer reported 'in trouble' by MoP. No sighting. Fawgi? MCA/HMCG No Yes 37176
33508 27/12/2019 NCI Torbay Informed CG of correct position of disabled vessel and had it in sight. Updated when passing craft towed it in. MCA/HMCG No Yes 36865
32832 26/10/2019 NCI Torbay CG requested any visual contact on PWC reportedly 'broken down'. No contact sighted. NCI Froward Pt report it moving normally. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 32228
32215 17/09/2019 NCI Torbay Relayed CRT paging call to Habourmaster re capsized kayak. Casualty recovered safely by harbour's launch. MCA/HMCG No Yes 28814
32216 17/09/2019 NCI Torbay Informed Harbourmaster of paddle boarders on Shag Rock with rising tide. HM unable to assist. CG informed but nfa NCI No Yes 28847
32151 16/09/2019 NCI Torbay Reported dog over cliff edge to CG. CRT attended and recovered dog to owners. NCI No Yes 28722
31620 06/08/2019 NCI Torbay Updated CG on disabled yacht being towed into Brixham by RNLI. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 22922


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