Incidents

Logging and identifying vessels is an essential task that enables us to respond quickly and with confidence when a vessel gets into trouble or we receive a call from the Coastguard asking for information about a particular vessel. Watchkeepers typically log each year 7000-8000 vessels of all shapes and sizes, from warships to rowng boats.

Incidents are logged and classified either as 'nationally reported', which generally means an incident involving the Coastguard, or 'locally reported' for less significant incidents such as calling an ambulance in a non-life-threatening situation.

Watchkeepers recorded 35 incidents since January 2015 of which 1 are recorded in 2019.

Incident Reports (July 2016 - August 2015)

Incident Date
Incident Report
Reported
20th July 2016
The search initiated by CG this morning, when a MOP reported a boat in trouble, was in progress when we opened up this morning. Immediate contact with CG letting them know we had visual line of sight on Long Quarry and Hopes Nose, the search area, resulted in us being asked to maintain a visual watch and advise of anything we spotted.
National
4th May 2016
Tasked by CG to keep a lookout for vessel leaving Dartmouth and heading east. CG concerned about the safety of the vessel. To advise CG if vessel sighted.
National
24th April 2016
Watchkeepers identified a yacht which appeared to be in difficulty off the Ness and alerted CG whilst keeping a visual watch on the casualty. CG requested Teignmouth Lifeboat launch. Both Teignmouth and later Exmouth lifeboats attended with Exmouth towing the yacht to Torquay and Teignmouth landing the solo skipper safely in Teignmouth.
National
18th April 2016
Assisted with member of the public who slipped and fell on the sea wall. Ambulance attended and transferred casualty to hospital.
Local
20th March 2016
Provided updated information on disabled RIB to CG. Teignmouth lifeboat towed casualty to safety.
National
7th Feb 2016
CG requested visual check on ship reportedly listing. List confirmed. Ship told CG that it was intentional for maintenance. No further action.
National
11th December 2015
CG requested visual check on disabled fishing vessel. Updated CG. Casualty towed into Torquay by lifeboat.
National
9th October 2015
Reported empty drifing motor launch to CG. Local fishing vessel unable to assist. CG tasked lifeboat to tow vessel to safety. More on this story under News
National
2nd October 2015
Reported accurate position of disabled RIB to CG. Local vessel towed casualty to safety.
National
20th August 2015
CG requested visual check on yacht reported aground. CG updated when vessel refloated on tide.
National
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