Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 188
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.
41881 15/05/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI re. yacht appeared to be in trouble according to a MOP. Initial search revealed nothing, CG informed. Vessel then identified, under power, and monitored until at harbour mouth. MCA/HMCG No Yes 012297
41861 13/05/2022 NCI Torbay High risk MOP believed to have gone into sea. ILB, CRT teams, NCI and HMCG involved in search. AWLB and HELO also tasked. Nothing found, NCI closed down. , Casualty later located at safe address safe and well. Police Yes Yes 011985
41742 01/05/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG phoned NCI re. call from MOP about fishing vessel not returned. NCI did visual search, nothing seen. ILB about to be launched when vessel was reported safe and well. NFA. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 010695
41708 27/04/2022 NCI Torbay MOP informed HMCG a wind surfer was in difficulty off beach. CG phoned NCI, who had visual. Subject appeared experienced, and not in apparent difficulty. Visual monitoring continued. MCA/HMCG No Yes 010249
41707 25/04/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG informed NCI that a walker had breathing difficulty nearby. Casualty seen, accompanied by a friend. Ambulance arrived, casualty able to walk. NCI unaware of outcome. MCA/HMCG No Yes 010098
41588 17/04/2022 NCI Torbay MOP reported to NCI blue inflatable adrift. HMCG informed. MOP then phoned back to say he had investigated on jets, and object was blue barrel. CG informed NCI No Yes n/a
41587 14/04/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI re. 2 kite surfers in fog in bay, reported by MOP. Zero visibility so unable to help. MCA/HMCG No Yes 008605
41521 11/04/2022 NCI Torbay NCI overheard report on radio of 2 people in water, and CRT tasked. NCI informed HMCG they had visual, and were requested to update when services arrived. , CG informed that ambulance on scene, and casualties recovered and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 008261
41382 29/03/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG tasked ILB to possible suicidal person entering water. NCI had visual, and informed CG that casualty now in hands of Police. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 007211
41381 28/03/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG phoned NCI re. report from MOP regarding swimmer holding onto buoy outside harbour. Poor visibility so unable to confirm. NCI continued to monitor. , MOP later contacted to say no swimmer present. MCA/HMCG No Yes 007172
41359 27/03/2022 NCI Torbay Incident declared re. MOP threatening self harm. CRT requested NCI close footpath. Casualty persuaded to move back from cliff edge, and removed to safety., Footpath reopened and incident closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 006986
41295 20/03/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI re. call from MOP concerning 2 paddle boarders possibly in trouble. CG had been informed of their intentions. NCI monitored subjects until went out of sight., Phone call received saying they were safe and back on beach. CG informed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 006125
41274 18/03/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG asked for visual on swimmer possibly in difficulty. Camera not working so unable to help. ILB tasked and swimmer self rescued. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 005972
41250 15/03/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG asked NCI for visual on paddle boarder after concern by MOP. NCI had already logged subject and continued to monitor. Subject returned to beach safely MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
41000 14/02/2022 NCI Torbay NCI observed S.E.marker Buoy for Scallop farm was missing. Farm owner and harbour Master informed. HMCG informed but no Ref. No. issued. NCI No Yes n/a
40920 30/01/2022 NCI Torbay As NCI were closing down, HMCG asked for visual on Jet Ski reported by MOP. NCI monitored Jet Ski and informed CG small boat had under tow., ILB arrived and escorted both to harbour, all well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 002259
40858 29/01/2022 NCI Torbay NCI had 'Man Overboard' alert on radar. HMCG asked if NCI had visual - negative. CG called vessel, as did AWLB which had been tasked. It transpired that a dive vessel was showing wrong AIS I/d., Vessel asked to turn off MOB beacon. NCI Yes Yes 002146
40639 03/01/2022 NCI Torbay NCI overheard HMCG tasking ILB to paddle boader in distress. NCI observed abandoned paddle board, and casualty 50 mtrs along rocks. ILB rescued casualty and recovered paddle board NCI No Yes 000250
40499 15/12/2021 NCI Torbay NCI overheard HMCG tasking CRT re. dog fallen off cliff. Offered visual monitoring. Dog recovered and appeared uninjured. MCA/HMCG No Yes 043068
40496 14/12/2021 NCI Torbay NCI informed HMCG re. dog stuck in rabbit hole. Fire service tasked, and rescued dog safe and well. NCI No Yes 043005
40410 04/12/2021 NCI Torbay Local dive boat issued Pan Pan re. 2 missing divers. NCI and fishing vessel offered assistance. Upgraded to May Day. Divers spotted and rescued by dive boat. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 042247
40365 29/11/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI re. overdue swimmer not returned to beach. Scan of area only saw 1 swimmer changing. MOP who reported incident confirmed swimmer safe and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 041906
40312 26/11/2021 NCI Torbay NCI heard assistance request from yacht to HMCG. NCI had visual, sails flapping. AWLB tasked and assisted yacht. No action by NCI MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 041666
40089 05/11/2021 NCI Torbay NCI informed of incident - 2 MOP 1 in water, 1 on rocks. W/K established visual. ILB tasked and recovered casualties and transferred to ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 039263
40209 29/10/2021 NCI Torbay MOP observed by NCI possibly about to be cut off by tide. HMCG informed, asked NCI to monitor. MOP reached safety without help. NCI No Yes 038517
39915 23/10/2021 NCI Torbay May Day heard from motor boat with loss of power. NCI had visual and confirmed position to HMCG. Another vessel took casualty under tow, May Day cancelled. MCA/HMCG No Yes 037886
39822 15/10/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual from NCI on paddle boarder in difficulty. Nothing seen NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 037064
39785 11/10/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on walker with injured leg. CRT tasked, and HELO, and ILB as casualty in water. AWLB also present. Casualty airlifted to hospital. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 036752
39635 28/09/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted by cruise ship re. possible missing wind surfer. NCI had been monitoring said wind surfer, and informed CG, but visual lost due to conditions. It was agreed a search should be initiated, Minutes later CG informed NCI casualty was safe and well and ashore. NCI No Yes 035225
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


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