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.
14118 06/05/2016 NCI Torbay Reported potential suicide to Police who attended and retrieved MoP from cliff edge. NCI No No n/n
14073 03/04/2016 NCI Torbay Provided CG with visual info on drifting MV for tow in by ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 5757
12702 08/11/2015 NCI Torbay Relayed to CG a yacht's report on Chan. 65 of another one aground in the Dart river. LB launched to observe until it refloated on the tide. NCI Yes Yes 18555
11918 05/07/2015 NCI Torbay Relayed MoP report of missing dog. CRT attended and dog subsequently found safe in local hotel ! NCI No Yes 7363
11919 05/07/2015 NCI Torbay CG requested visual position of disabled yacht. LB attended and vessel managed to clear propeller and proceed under escort. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 7427
11917 29/06/2015 NCI Torbay MoP reported dog over cliff. Dog recovered by owner but deceased. CG kept informed throughout but CRT not activated. NCI No Yes 6896
11802 19/06/2015 NCI Torbay Reported capsized RIB to CG. Passing kayak towed it in. RNLI team reported on Chan. 65 that occupants were safe. NCI Yes Yes 5860
11786 10/06/2015 NCI Torbay Reported unanswered possible distress call on Chan. 9 to CG. Monitoring continued but nothing further heard. NCI No Yes n/n
11787 10/06/2015 NCI Torbay Off watch member reported cliffside fire. Fire Service contacted to bring under control. Three MoPs noted in area. NCI No Yes 5064
11784 06/06/2015 NCI Torbay Concerned MoP requested any visual on sailboarding son. Disabled board spotted and reported to CG. AWLB diverted to casualty by NCI and escorted to shore. NCI Yes Yes 4963
11653 10/05/2015 NCI Torbay HM Torquay requested watch on single-handed yacht in poor condition attempting passage. Observed until end of watch. NCI No Yes 3490
11652 03/05/2015 NCI Torbay CG requested visual on windsurfer reported in trouble. Casualty identified, ILB attended and local boat recovered 80 yr-old to shore ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 3186
10961 16/01/2015 NCI Torbay MoP requested ambulance for collapsed husband near Station. Ambulance and paramedics attended to casevac to hospital. NCI No No n/n
10960 11/11/2014 NCI Torbay Requested by Solent CG for visual on two overturned canoes. Casualties sighted. ILB attended to rescue safely. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 4098
141126 21/08/2014 NCI Torbay Reported two MoP cut off by tide. CRT and ILB attended to rescue safely. NCI Yes Yes 373165
14115 22/06/2014 NCI Torbay Reported youths 'tombstoning' to CG and HM. CRT attended to 'advise'. NCI No Yes 2227
14116 19/06/2014 NCI Torbay Reported youths 'tombstoning' to HM and CG. HM launch attended to 'advise'. NCI No Yes 364160
01437 30/11/2013 NCI Torbay Sighted and reported 2 'lost' divers. Watchkeeper conned LB to recover both uninjured. NCI Yes Yes 4692
13035 04/04/2013 NCI Torbay CG requested visual on disabled yacht but casualty not sighted. MCA/HMCG No Yes 316918
13023 10/03/2013 NCI Torbay Identified distressed kite-surfer for LB, Helo and ambulance to recover to hospital MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 314908
12279 13/11/2012 NCI Torbay Reported flotsam danger to HM and MRCC. ILB guided on radio and confirmed as a buoy adrift. NCI Yes Yes 305830
12268 16/10/2012 NCI Torbay CG requested check on MoP report of climber in trouble. CRT and police attended. Climber found safe. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 4624
12263 02/10/2012 NCI Torbay Reported sailboarder in trouble. ALB recovered 68 yr-old safely. NCI Yes Yes 4459
12241 09/09/2012 NCI Torbay Monitored recovery of missing divers by CRT ILB and Border Force. All eventually accounted for. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 4096
12213 19/08/2012 NCI Torbay Reported two swimmer/climbers at tombstoning risk. Harbour launch attended to 'advise'. NFA NCI Yes Yes 3636
12195 12/08/2012 NCI Torbay Reported dog over cliff to CG. Dog rescued by MoP prior to CRT arrival. NCI No Yes 3491
12193 11/08/2012 NCI Torbay Reported MoPs starting fire on coast path to police who attended. NCI No No 1108
12179 31/07/2012 NCI Torbay Reported large object danger to vessels to Harbourmaster. HM boat recovered object. NCI No No
12164 23/07/2012 NCI Torbay Relayed radio call to CG from disabled MC. Local vessel towed in. NCI No Yes 291492
12163 23/07/2012 NCI Torbay CG requested visual on possibly disabled open boat. Updated CG that boat had entered harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 291526
12136 05/07/2012 NCI Torbay Reported sunk kayak with two MoP in water.Recovered safely by ILB for casevac to hospital. NCI Yes Yes 2734
12115 17/06/2012 NCI Torbay Monitored and reported on recovery opf disabled motor cruiser by local craft. NCI No Yes 2410
12114 17/06/2012 NCI Torbay Monitored MoP false alarm with good intent for kayak 'in difficulty'. Established kayak not in trouble. NCI No Yes 286824
12105 08/06/2012 NCI Torbay Assisted in vectoring Harbourmaster's RIB to recover MoP cut off by tide. Reported rescue to CG. NCI No Yes 2271
12070 06/05/2012 NCI Torbay Reported large flotasam as danger to small craft. MSI issued. Guided HM craft to recover object. NCI No Yes 1685
12068 29/04/2012 NCI Torbay Reported to CG that FV police reported as in danger was recovering damaged gear in shelter. NFA Police No Yes 1584
12041 02/04/2012 NCI Torbay Reported visual on MoPs cut off by tide. Assisted CROs to position. MoPs decided to await ebb tide. MCA/HMCG No Yes 1183
12033 21/03/2012 NCI Torbay Reported empty inflatable adrift Lone diver surfaced (no 'A' flag). CG gave 'advice' when back ashore. NCI No Yes 1005
12024 06/03/2012 NCI Torbay Reported unattended FV adrift. Crew returned in another FV. Debriefed by Harbourmaster. NCI No Yes 783
12017 14/02/2012 NCI Torbay Whilst reporting capsized yacht it was righted safely and ultimately returned to harbour. NCI No Yes


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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