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.
12010 31/01/2012 NCI Torbay Ambulance called to attend collapsed watchkeeper. Casualty now fit again. NCI No No
11289 17/11/2011 NCI Torbay Relayed MoP report of capsized dinghy and monitored until it righted and returned to harbour. NCI No Yes 266739
11231 01/09/2011 NCI Torbay CG requested visual on 16ft craft in possible danger. Monitored until CG mobile confirmed as safe. MCA/HMCG No Yes 4022
11221 22/08/2011 NCI Torbay Paramedic requested for sick watchkeeper. Ambulance Casevac to hospital. NCI No No 3779
11217 16/08/2011 NCI Torbay Reported fishing MoP at possible risk. Advised by ILB. MoP aware of tide and remaining fishing. NCI Yes Yes 3668
11212 13/08/2011 NCI Torbay Reported youths in possible danger from tide. CG attended. Youths climbed back. Briefed by CG. NCI No Yes 254889
11179 23/07/2011 NCI Torbay Reported capsized kayak.Harbormaster's craft recovered two MoP NCI Yes Yes 3147
11130 04/06/2011 NCI Torbay Reported disabled RIB to Harbourmaster.HM patrol craft towed RIB with casualties to beach. NCI No No
11113 15/05/2011 NCI Torbay Reported capsized canoe. Man rescued by MC and passed to ILB for casevac to hospital. NCI Yes Yes 1904
11086 24/04/2011 NCI Torbay Reported youths tombstoning to HMPolice and CG. CG mobile attended. NCI No Yes 238903
11083 23/04/2011 NCI Torbay Refined position of sinking MC to CG for another to tow in to LB takeover. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 1545
11060 10/04/2011 NCI Torbay Relayed message from pleasure boat re MoPs on cliff face. CG and ILB attended until climbers safe. NCI Yes Yes 236837
11059 10/04/2011 NCI Torbay Assisted in monitoring gorse fire for action by Fire Service. MCA/HMCG No Yes 236819
11025 27/02/2011 NCI Torbay Reported windsurfer in difficulties. CG interviewed him when he reached shore. NCI No Yes 677
10229 03/10/2010 NCI Torbay Reported downed wind-surfer and monitored until safely ashore. NCI No Yes 4362


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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