Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5491
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.
38244 09/06/2021 NCI Great Orme HMCG requested report on Kite Surfer unable to remount board in ebbing tide. ILB & CRT tasked to monitor/assist. Casualty self-rescued without assistance, refused advice and help from CRT. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 016324
38251 09/06/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG called NCI concerning inflatable possibly in trouble. 2POB. Observed fishing and not in apparent distress. NCI asked to monitor. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 16377
38261 09/06/2021 NCI Chapel Point Rider less horse seen on beach, risk to beach users. HMCG informed. Horse returned and was reunited with owner. No casualties NCI No Yes 016330
38241 08/06/2021 NCI Torbay Saw smoke from nearby heathland, advised Fire & Rescue Service and HMCG. As FRS were attending, CRT not tasked. Fires brought under control within 1 hour by FRS. NFA NCI No Yes
38242 08/06/2021 NCI Hornsea MoP reported that metal safety rail had given way and in a dangerous state (MoP appeared uninjured.) Advised local county council and Highways Dept (call ref 1875265).. NCI No No
38243 08/06/2021 NCI Portscatho HMCG requested visual on kayaker reported missing. Confirmed sighting in correct location. Liaised with CRT, suggested sea rescue easier. HMCG tasked ILB who recovered casualty from rocks. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 16212
38209 07/06/2021 NCI Exmouth Observed swimmers in difficulty fighting current. Brought to shore by RNLI Lifeguards. NCI No No
38211 07/06/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual following MoP report of FV dropping polystyrene overboard. Advised HMCG no vessels in reported area and no sign of debris/pollution. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 016052
38227 07/06/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested visual on small craft possibly in difficulty. Nothing seen visually or on CCTV. HMCG advised. Stood down after 40 minnutes. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
38233 07/06/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG requested visual on windsurfer possibly in difficulty. Lone windsurfer observed but not in difficulty and appeared competent. Continued observation for 20 miniutes till stood down by HMXCG. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 016090
38269 06/06/2021 NCI Shoreham Yellow object sighted range 1Nm. Possible capsized kayak. HMCG informed. CRT investigated, found to be a drifting race marker - recovered by RIB. NFA NCI No Yes 015918
38234 06/06/2021 NCI Porthcawl Advised HMCG of kayakers observed clinging to overturned canoe. RNLI lifeguards attempting to rescue. ILB tasked to assist. Lifeguards brought casualties to shore, CRT assisted. ILB recovered kayak. NCI Yes Yes 015951
38235 06/06/2021 NCI Porthdinllaen Notified HMCG of loose tender adrift. Nearby vessels asked to assist. Local yacht towed tender into harbour and made fast to mooring. HMCG stood down and thanked all invoved. NCI No Yes 015871
38196 05/06/2021 NCI Torbay Intercepted radio call from cruiser out of fuel. Advised HMCG of several boats in vicinity who may be able to help. Casualty towed into harbour by another vessel. MCA/HMCG No Yes 015792
38197 05/06/2021 NCI Great Orme Off duty W/keeper saw paddleboarde and kayak far out to sea, possibly in danger. Alerted HMCG..CRT & ILB tasked. ILB made contact with casualty who were not in difficulty and declined help. NCI Yes Yes 015699
38198 05/06/2021 NCI Great Orme 10 MoPs seen on sandbank with tide coming in. Station Manager used loudhailer to alert party to danger and ILB launched. All members of party returned safely (just in time). NCI Yes Yes 015753
38201 05/06/2021 NCI Nells Point MoP reported jet skier floating in water away from machine and unresponsive. HMCG advised and tasked RNLI. After short search established that casualty was actually floating debris. All stood down. NCI Yes Yes 015745
38208 05/06/2021 NCI Exmouth Observed two swimmers near buoy. MoP also reported. Harbour master returned casualties to shore. NCI No No
38210 05/06/2021 NCI St Alban's Head MoP reported walker with suspected broken ankle. Alerted HMCG who tasked CRT. Ambulance arrived but due to difficult location Helo was deployed and casualty airlifted to hospital. NCI No Yes 015721
38194 05/06/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on broken down speedboat. Casualty spotted but appeared not in trouble. NCI continued monitoring but lost sight. HMCG reported that casualty now under tow and entering harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 015757
38183 04/06/2021 NCI Torbay NCI overheard HMCG requesting ILB search for inflatable being swept out to sea. Object seen, but not the one in question. Nothing else seen, and after further search by NCI and ILB incident closed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015549
38172 03/06/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested observation of kite surfer in difficulty. Located casualty but not in apparent danger. Observation maintained and reached shore safely MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015402
38187 03/06/2021 NCI Calshot Tower 015367HMCG requested sighting of swimmer in difficulty. Possible sighting passed on to HMCG and ILB launched and made contact. Swimmer returning to family. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015367
38150 02/06/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Call from HMCG to investigate yacht aground, having fouled underwater object. NCI asked to monitor LB tasked and towed yacht to boat yard for invspection. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015125
38134 01/06/2021 NCI Fleetwood 2 MOP plus dog being cut off by tide. Advised HMCG. Lifeguard approached casualties. ILB tasked and NCI asked to monitor.. CRT involved. Casualties all recovered safely to shore, as well as CRT NCI Yes Yes 14971
38148 01/06/2021 NCI Nells Point CRT reported to NCI a black flotation ring in water, unattended. HMCG advised ring in sight but no one with it. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
38149 01/06/2021 NCI Stone Point MOP reported to NCI lost child. HMCG alerted. Police and LB tasked. Child found safe and well MMO Yes Yes 014956
38111 01/06/2021 NCI Newhaven NCI called port authority re. vessel engine failure. Advised vessel to call HMCG, and NCI asked to monitor. Yacht nearby took vessel in tow safely to harbour. NCI No Yes 014451
38177 01/06/2021 NCI Holehaven 4 MOP appeared inebriated on slipway, one already fallen in water and self rescued. NCI asked to monitor, and party eventually walked away out of sight. NCI No Yes 017917
38130 01/06/2021 NCI St Alban's Head SART alert received on AIS screen. NCI called HMCG with position. HMCG to investigate. NFA NCI No Yes 014920
38135 31/05/2021 NCI Boscastle 2 MOP observed being cut off by tide. Attempted to self rescue. HMCG alerted, CRT and ILB tasked. I casualty self recovered over rocks, no sign of 2nd. AWLB tasked but no sign so units stood down NCI Yes Yes 14838
38142 31/05/2021 NCI Porthcawl Speedboat with 4 POB observed with engine problems. Drifting to rocks. No life jackets. HMCG informed ILB and AWLB tasked and towed back to safety. NCI Yes Yes 014621
38143 31/05/2021 NCI Porthcawl Request from HMCG re MOP cut off by tide. Nothing seen, but CRT and ILB tasked. 1 casualty sighted making way back to beach. ILB reported 1 potentially cut off. All safe eventually. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
38110 31/05/2021 NCI Fleetwood NCI informed HMCG of 5 MOP +2 dogs cut off by tide. CRT on scene, got them to sandbank, ILB picked up family, also CG officers. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 14644
38168 31/05/2021 NCI Nells Point Cabin Cruiser observed with engine failure. . Tender attempted to rescue. HMCG advised, and called 'All Vessels' for help. LB tasked, and directed to casualty by NCI, and towed to safety. NCI Yes Yes 014785
38170 31/05/2021 NCI Hornsea Jet ski observed in trouble. 2nd jet ski helped push casualty to beach. HIR tasked and attempted to tow but too heavy with water so left on beach for later recovery NCI Yes Yes 14638
38120 31/05/2021 NCI Exmouth 2 MOP observed drifting on inflatable on outgoing tide. RNLI lifeguards brought casualties to safety on PWC. NCI Yes Yes n/a
38124 31/05/2021 NCI Shoreham Ch65 call received from PWC re. PWC broken down 500m off beach. HMCG informed. HMCG unable to contact, NCI observed, and Informant and casualty reached shore safely NCI No Yes 014598
38127 31/05/2021 NCI Shoreham NCI monitored call from yacht to HMCG reporting loss of power. Visual established. AWLB tasked, and liaised with NCI to establish position. Casualty recovered by LB to marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014798
38095 30/05/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG request NCI visual on cabin cruiser with engine failure and anchor cable snapped. ILB tasked. One POB jumped into sea and reached shore, and vessel beached. Decided to leave for high tide. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014268


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