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.
31199 14/07/2019 NCI Torbay CG requested visual check on 4 swimmers reportedly 'in danger'. Targets sighted but not in danger. FAWGI MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 018962
31076 10/07/2019 NCI Torbay Solent CG requested any visual on drifting (empty) Li-Lo. Target sighted and reported. MCA/HMCG No Yes 018355
30747 30/06/2019 NCI Torbay Reported disabled motorboat to CG. Monitored her until safely resolved. NCI No Yes n/k
30708 26/06/2019 NCI Torbay Reported kayaker in possible trouble to CG. Monitored situation until safely resolved. NCI No Yes n/k
30676 14/06/2019 NCI Torbay Co-ordinated with Falmouth and Solent CG to recover disabled trawler by Torquay Harbourmaster. MCA/HMCG No Yes 014889
29590 21/04/2019 NCI Torbay Reported disabled dory paddling in to CG. Updated when it reached its marina. nfa NCI No Yes 9036
28968 31/03/2019 NCI Torbay Involved in CRT, ILB and police investigation of possible faller from cliff. Police Yes Yes 6838
26193 22/10/2018 NCI Torbay CG requested visual check on ML reportedly 'in distress'. Craft identified and seen underway safely. FAWGI nfa. MCA/HMCG No Yes 32210
25636 11/09/2018 NCI Torbay Reported sighting of flare and smoke to CG. Updated as UKBF vessel and ILB attended to tow casualty in. NCI No Yes 28139
25635 07/09/2018 NCI Torbay CG requested visual on MoP report of capsized 'yacht'. No casualty visible (other than a righted windsurfer). Updated when ILB reported righting and escorting in a sailing dinghy. MCA/HMCG No Yes 27663
25404 28/08/2018 NCI Torbay Reported to CG dive vessel showing Flag Alfa but no diver sighted. Updated when lone diver returned onboard. nfa NCI No Yes 26425
25349 25/08/2018 NCI Torbay CG requested any visual on group of MoPs reported on cliffs. Group sighted and climbing safely. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 26048
25085 18/08/2018 NCI Torbay Report visual contact of injured diver to CG. Updated when helo attended to winch to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 25024
25084 14/08/2018 NCI Torbay Reported to CG person injured falling from cliff. ILB attended to recover casualty to ambulance. Ambulance Yes Yes 24582
24518 06/07/2018 NCI Torbay Requested ambulance attend injured coast path walker. Updated when casualty transferred to hospital. NCI No Yes 120683
24249 28/06/2018 NCI Torbay CG requested visual check on inflatable secured to buoy. Watchkeeper checked them as 'sunbathing'. CRT attended to 'advise'. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 16538
23507 03/05/2018 NCI Torbay Reported on recovery of dismasted yacht by LB to CG. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 9606
23593 03/05/2018 NCI Torbay Reported visual on dismasted yacht to CG. Updated when it was escorted in under own power by L.B. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 9606
23507 25/04/2018 NCI Torbay Reported capsized and injured PWC rider to CG. Updated as local craft assisted recovery. NCI No Yes 8947
22295 24/01/2018 NCI Torbay Updated CG on radio traffic during recovery of injured fishrman to harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 1608
21676 14/12/2017 NCI Torbay Reported windsurfer in possible trouble to CG. CRT attended, located surfer to give 'advice'. nfa NCI No Yes 33229
21029 14/10/2017 NCI Torbay CG requested any visual on divers left on surface by disabled dive boat. No sighting. LBs attended. Station then routinely closed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 28707
21020 10/08/2017 NCI Torbay Reported 3 swimmers in possible trouble to CG. Updated when all reached shore safely. nfa NCI No Yes 21387
21024 31/07/2017 NCI Torbay Monitored and updated CG during recovery of disabled MB by local boat. MCA/HMCG No Yes 20101
21022 31/07/2017 NCI Torbay CG requested visual check on swimmer reported in trouble. Sighting confirmed. Torquay HM tasked own launch to scene. Swimmer rescued, CG informed and ILB stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 20083
19417 18/06/2017 NCI Torbay Reported to CG possible divers in trouble. ILB attended but nothing found. nfa NCI Yes Yes 13722
19416 23/05/2017 NCI Torbay Assisted CG and ILB with accurate position to recover disabled MB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 16313
19091 05/05/2017 NCI Torbay Updated CG on safe landing of capsized dinghy sailors on beach. CRT attended. NCI No Yes 8665
19088 24/04/2017 NCI Torbay Assisted CG and ILB to recover two MoPs possibly tidebound. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 7711
19089 24/04/2017 NCI Torbay Corrected inaccurate position reported of two possibly tidebound MoPs for their safe recovery by CRT. MCA/HMCG No Yes 7722
18734 25/03/2017 NCI Torbay Relayed MoP concern over 2 stuck cliff climbers. CRT paged but climbers reached top safely. nfa NCI No Yes 5245
19087 25/03/2017 NCI Torbay Relayed MoP report of cliff-climbers to CG. No assistance required. nfa NCI No Yes 5245
18234 29/12/2016 NCI Torbay Reported to CG 3 MoP cut off by tide and underdressed. CRT and ILB attended. NCI Yes Yes 32185
18127 11/12/2016 NCI Torbay Monitored and updated CG and Harbourmaster on disabled PWC near pier until it restarted and entered harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 31156
17604 17/10/2016 NCI Torbay Reported trawler dumping suspicious object to CG. LB deployed and situation discussed with CG. No casualties, NFA NCI Yes Yes 27470
17370 14/09/2016 NCI Torbay Reported to CG that disabled RIB drifting towards rocks was in sight. Updated when a second RIB assisted to tow in. ILB stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 24585
17294 08/09/2016 NCI Torbay Relayed MoP report of small inflatable struggling in adverse conditions to CG. Updated CG as HM's RIB brought it ashore. NCI No Yes 23961
17167 26/08/2016 NCI Torbay Relayed phone call to CG requesting assistance from disabled MB and provided names of craft in vicinity. Local yacht responded to tow in safely. NCI No Yes 22274?
17166 23/08/2016 NCI Torbay Reported disabled MV to CG and assisted LB to locate casualty for safe tow in. NCI Yes Yes 22274
17170 20/08/2016 NCI Torbay Reported 2 paddleboarders in possible difficulty to CG. Local cafe reported them safely ashore. nfa NCI No Yes 21316


Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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