Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 4677
Alternatively select a specific year to see how many Incidents were reported for that Year.
Glossary of Terms
FAWGI = False Alarm With Good Intent, MoP = Member of the Public, NFA = No Further Action, HMCG, CG or MCA = Coastguard,
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.
33786 27/01/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested visual check on swimmer reportedly 'in difficulty'. Updated when he was reported safe ashore. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 1900
33764 25/01/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head MoP reported that companion had been tripped by dog and had broken ankle. CG informed. CRT and ambulance attended to casevac to hospital. NCI No Yes 730
33737 22/01/2020 NCI Calshot Tower CG asked if garbled Mayday call had been received. Confirmed it had but was unreadable. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 1553
33740 22/01/2020 NCI Charlestown Two MoP reported to CG observed tidebound on rock. Fowey ALB already on service attended to bring them safely ashore. NCI Yes Yes 1559
33756 21/01/2020 NCI Mundesley Reported to CG that damaged buoy was worsening. Watch maintained. NCI No Yes n/n
33713 19/01/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported to CG that grounded motor boat was visual. Monitored and updated when local ferry towed it in. NCI No Yes 1323
33704 17/01/2020 NCI Nells Point Monitored and updated CG on recovery by local craft of dismasted dinghy which had triggered a DSC alarm signal.. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/n
33707 17/01/2020 NCI Nells Point Provided CG with correct position of yacht in difficulty for ILB to escort it in safely. CRT also attended. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 1149
33675 13/01/2020 NCI Felixstowe Reported large debris to CG. Local CG attended and found it to be a large timber hulk, Recovered it to shore. NCI No Yes 0812
33659 12/01/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Spotted capsized catamaran and reported to CG and RNLI. Calshot ILB recovered it and its crew safely to shore. NCI Yes Yes 732
33666 12/01/2020 NCI Exmouth In contact with CG concerning probably unmanned vessel drifting seaward. Visual contact lost as it drifted out to sea. NCI No Yes 0708
33652 11/01/2020 NCI Porthcawl Relayed MoP report of person stuck in mud to CG. RNLI crewman in dry-suit released him to shore safely. NCI Yes Yes 661
33644 08/01/2020 NCI Calshot Tower CG requested monitoring of fiserman in danger of tidal rise. Target identified and updated when he moved inshore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 0449
33755 06/01/2020 NCI Mundesley CG requested ongoing monitoring of damaged outfall buoy. Observation continued. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
33581 06/01/2020 NCI Charmouth Advised CG that an MoP was in dager of being cut off by tide, Updated when Beach Attendant reported the target had managed to scramble to safety. NCI No Yes 0333
33556 05/01/2020 NCI Charmouth Reported to CG Beach Attendant's concern over MoPs and dog cut off by tide. Situation monitored until they managed to regain beach. nfa NCI No Yes 0277
33561 04/01/2020 NCI Cape Cornwall CG requested visual watch on recovery of disabled yacht by AWLB. Updated as she was safely towed in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 0218
33586 04/01/2020 NCI Lyme Bay CG requested any sighting of object or person in the sea. Local MoPs had made no report. Updated when later a large debris was observed off shore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 0223
33547 03/01/2020 NCI Mundesley Relayed MoP report to CG of cliff fall danger. CG informed local authority for them to erect warning signs. NCI No Yes 36431
33635 01/01/2020 NCI Folkestone Reported fire observed on local footpath to CG who informed police and fire brigade. Unable to monitor due to failing light. Result unknown. NCI No Yes n/n
33497 01/01/2020 NCI Exmouth Informed CG that disabled RIB was visual. Updated when ILB towed it in. NCI Yes Yes 0037
33501 01/01/2020 NCI Newhaven Co-operated with CG in monitoring recovery of disabled vessel and a life-ring by LB until safely in harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 0042
33503 01/01/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Requested CRT assistance to recover dog over cliff. CRT attended and dog recovered unhurt. NCI No Yes 0044
33507 31/12/2019 NCI Torbay CG requested visual check on windsurfer reported 'in trouble' by MoP. No sighting. Fawgi? MCA/HMCG No Yes 37176
33479 27/12/2019 NCI Caister Reported large debris in water as navigational danger. Volunteer LB launched and recovered possible channel marker to shore. NCI No Yes n/n
33508 27/12/2019 NCI Torbay Informed CG of correct position of disabled vessel and had it in sight. Updated when passing craft towed it in. MCA/HMCG No Yes 36865
33457 26/12/2019 NCI Fleetwood Initiated a 999 call reporting one man collapsed on beach. CG also informed. CRT and ambulance attended and key to sea wall provided. Casualty moved to hospital. NCI No Yes 36812
33456 24/12/2019 NCI Porthcawl Reported to CG a crew having difficulty recovering small motor boat in heavy swell. Camera coverage established. CRT, police and ILB attended and situation resolved safely. NCI Yes Yes 36706
33541 22/12/2019 NCI Penzance Reported MoPs in possible danger from surf to CG. CRT attended until all safe ashore. nfa NCI No Yes 36549
33542 22/12/2019 NCI Penzance Relayed call from MoP of car being battered by surf on slipway. CRT attended and car found to be abandoned. nfa NCI No Yes 36542
33459 17/12/2019 NCI Exmouth CG and Harbourmaster informed of drifting unmanned dinghy. Updated when Beach Reserve team advised it had beached upstream. nfa NCI No Yes n/a
33401 16/12/2019 NCI Holehaven Reported large debris in shipping lane to CG. LB attended to recover lorry mudguard. NCI Yes Yes n/n
33378 15/12/2019 NCI Hengistbury Head Monitored MoP report of kite surfers in trouble and confirmed to CG both now safe ashore. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 360637
33379 13/12/2019 NCI Hornsea Reported MoPs in possible tidal trouble to CG. CRT and ILB attended. Targets seen on CCTV climbing cliff. nfa NCI Yes Yes 35922
33355 13/12/2019 NCI Porthcawl Co-operated with CG, CRT and helo and provided camera coverage to recover hypothermic missing MoP from beach area. MCA/HMCG No Yes 35910
33548 12/12/2019 NCI Mundesley Warned beach walkers by signal light of possible danger of entrapment from tide. MoPs returned safely and thanked the watchkeepers. NCI No Yes n/n
33546 10/12/2019 NCI Mundesley Relayed MoP report of large debris on beach to local authority who removed it. NCI No Yes
33290 08/12/2019 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested any sighting of kitesurfer reportedly 'in trouble'. Reported all those in sight were safe. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 35591
33287 07/12/2019 NCI Penzance CG requested any info on a stationary empty dinghy apparently abandoned. Visual confirmed and monitored until ILB attended to investigate and found crewman safe aboard local yacht. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 35527
33317 07/12/2019 NCI Calshot Tower CG requested any information on an EPIRB transmission. No record logged. LBs searching but NFA by NCI. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 35535


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