Logging and identifying vessels is an essential part of the role of an NCI Watchkeeper. It 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 have recorded 62 incidents since January 2015 of which 6 have been recorded in 2022.

Incident Reports (May 2022 - April 2021)

Incident Date
Incident Report
19th May 2022
On Thursday 19th May our duty watchkeepers were contacted by HMCG after reports from members of the public that two paddle boarders were in difficulties in the harbour mouth on a strong outgoing tide. Visual contact was made using our 'over the pier' camera. HMCG were advised of this and watchkeepers were asked to maintain visual contact. Shortly after watchkeepers were able to advise HMCG that both persons had been able to go ashore on the rocks below the Ness.
4th May 2022
On Wed 4th May, our Duty watchkeepers liaised with NMOC and the Coastguard land team, over concerns by a MoP about a vulnerable adult. The situation was successfully resolved.
21st April 2022
On the 21st April our Duty watchkeeper was contacted by Solent Coastguard asking if we had sight of an open boat reported by MoP to be drifting off Maidencombe beach. Misty conditions meant the vessel could not be sighted though a vessel off Ness Cove was spotted. The Coastguard tasked Teignmouth ILB to investigate. The vessel off Ness Cove reported no problems and the ILB was then tasked to carry out further searches of the beaches at Maidencombe and Babbacombe. No vessel with problems was found. The ILB returned to the original vessel off Ness Cove who now reported problems. The ILB towed the casualty back to Teignmouth harbour.
20th April 2022
On today's B watch, Wednesday 20th April, a MoP from Shaldon rang our lookout to say they had concerns for a couple of paddle boarders who appeared to be struggling in the harbour entrance with the strong outgoing tide. Duty watchkeepers were able to locate the two using our over the pier camera. It turned out to be a single kayak, and paddle board with the rider kneeling. Although having been swept out they managed to get out of the current and were monitored until both were safely back on the beach. No further action was needed.
7th April 2022
A member of the public contacted us on the 7th April with concerns over a vessel drifting near Shaldon Bridge. Investigation showed the vessel was safely moored, but swinging on a long mooring rope at slack tide giving the appearance of drifting. No further action was necessary.
31st March 2022
During A watch on Thursday 31st March, a MoP spoke to our watchkeeper raising concern over a deflated dinghy on the shore beyond Sprey Point. HMCG were contacted by our watchkeeper. Solent Coastguard dispatched the Coastguard Land Crew to investigate. They found no sign of any one in distress and removed the deflated dinghy.
13th November 2021
During 'C' watch on Saturday 13th November, we received a phone call from a MOP, who was on a boat entering Teignmouth harbour, with a report of a capsized boat drifting out of the estuary. Contact was made with HMCG who tasked Teignmouth RNLI. They recovered the boat and towed it into harbour. There were no known casualties.
9th September 2021
During 'A' watch on Friday 9th September, a MOP came to the lookout with concerns about a beached open boat at Spray Point. HMCG were alerted and the Coastguard Land Crew attended. The boat had broken free from it's moorings and was towed into harbour by Teignmouth Harbour Master.
31st August 2021
Rigid Inflatable Boat [RIB] observed in river entrance with no power, 2 persons onboard were rowing the RIB but making slow progress. The Watckeeper contacted the RNLI Lifeguards as visual contact was lost when they went behind the pier. Lifeguards called back to say the RIB was now under tow by a local boat and heading into the harbour.
13th April 2021
A phone call was received from a member of the public advising us of a young person on an inflatable airbed. They were being swept out to sea and were shouting for help. Solent coastguard were advised and Teignmouth ILB launched. A radio call from a local dredger was then received advising that they had picked up the casualty and were returning them to Teignmouth quay.
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