Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5863
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.

Please note: NCI Canvey Island was previously know as NCI Holehaven and moved location on Monday 18 October 2021. All NCI Canvey Island Incident Summaries before that date will be in respect of NCI Holehaven at its previous location.

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.
39538 22/09/2021 NCI Needles FV reported engine failure. Advised HMCG we have eyes on. Lost sight of casualty in fog bank. NFA. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034358
39539 22/09/2021 NCI Needles HMCG requested visual search for aircraft in water (reported by MoP). Nothing found, nothing heard. Advised HMCG of low flying Boeing 737 Oil Dispersal Aircraft overflying area MCA/HMCG No Yes 034387
39550 20/09/2021 NCI Froward Point Overheard Ch16 PanPan but but callsign. Passing yacht assisting. Advised HMCG that we had visual and gave sea state & weather conditions. Stood down by HMCG when vessels reached harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034171
39522 19/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on 6 children at risk attempting to cross estuary. RNLI tasked to assist and took children across. Met by CRT and safely reunited with parents. All resources stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034048
39490 19/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn 2 paddleboarders and children in kayaks being blown out to sea. HMCG informed. ALB and ILB tasked. HMCG reported all casualties safely ashore. All resources stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031341
39659 19/09/2021 NCI Nare Point Pilot boat observed, 4 POB, being rowed. HMCG requested NCI monitor. Speed boat took casualty in tow to safety. CG advised NCI No Yes n/a
39512 19/09/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Overheard mayday from capsized catamaran, crew in water. Advised HMCG of bearing/distance. ILB tasked to respond. ILB crewhelped right catamaran. ILB then took casualty under tow to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034043
39493 18/09/2021 NCI Newhaven MoP reported dog slipped over cliff. HMCG advised. CRT tasked to recover dog. Dog safely returned to owner and all units stood down. NCI No Yes 033842
39494 18/09/2021 NCI Newhaven Advised HMCG of paraglider in area where CG Helo attempting to land during ongoing incident. Asked to continue monitoring as glider flew clear of area. Helo safetyrecovered casualty to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033905
39497 18/09/2021 NCI Stone Point Rib reported engine failure to HMCG. NCI advised HMCG of position and description.Another vessel towed casualty into harbour. NCI monitored until visual lost. HMCG later confirmed rib safely docked. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033867
39513 18/09/2021 NCI Charmouth Advised HMCG of 4 MoP cut off by tide, but not in distress, and in no danger. This was done to pre-empt possibility of other MoPs calling it in as a possible emergency. NCI No Yes 033933
39479 16/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl FV requested assistance. NCI have visual contact, passed bearing/distance to HMCG. Second FV offered assistance and escorted casuatly in to beach. NCI No Yes 033628
39480 16/09/2021 NCI Penzance Reported to HMCG concerns about small open boat, apparently sinking. Third party vessel took one crew on board and secured casualty vessel. ALB attended and assisted with safe recovery. NCI Yes Yes 033611
39482 16/09/2021 NCI Nells Point Police seeking vulnerable femail asked if NCI could monitor shoreline. HMCG contacted NCI re same person. Police liaising with CRT. HMCG advised. No-one sighted, NCI stood down. Police No Yes 033622
39460 15/09/2021 NCI Boscastle Relayed Mayday call to HMCG from stranded kayaker. CRT and ALB tasked to assist. NCI Boscastle extended the watch until casualty recovered to Boscastle harbour and were then stood down. NCI Yes Yes 033507
39568 15/09/2021 NCI Portland Bill Person trapped on rocks with injured ankle. Taken off rocks and into Weymouth by ALB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes None
39469 15/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl MoP report of boady boarder in difficulty, no visual sighting. some confusion in initial report from MoP but HMCG tasked ILB and requested ambulance to attend. CRT assisted with casualty care. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 033463
39477 14/09/2021 NCI Cromer Large blue container on beach, potential hazard if washed out to sea. HMCG informed, and local council contacted to arrange removal. NCI No Yes 033342
39658 14/09/2021 NCI Nare Point NCI heard HMCG in respect of a lady fallen on coast path. MOP asked NCI if CG were aware - affirmative. Casualty airlifted to hospital by HELO MCA/HMCG No Yes 033350
39453 12/09/2021 NCI Wooltack Point Relayed Mayday to HMCG from yacht with MOB and located visually. MOB picked up by another boat. RNLI crew on board yacht. Casualty transferred to ALB then to ambulance and on to hospital. NCI Yes Yes 032839
39525 12/09/2021 NCI Folkestone Possible missing person seen on cliff face. Advised HMCG who alerted CRTs. NCI requested to keep eyes on. Misper recovered by CRT. NCI Yes Yes 033040
39527 12/09/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht contacted Prawle Point with engine failure. Advised to contact HMCG, but unable to do so. Casualty contacted harbour master on Ch14. Harbour staff vessel towed vessel into harbour. NCI No Yes 033069
39544 12/09/2021 NCI Folkestone Unmanned dinghy seen, drifting SW. HMCG advised, RNLI tasked to recover. NIC conned lifeboat onto dinghy. Unable to recover, so dinghy abandoned. Later recovered by local FV. NCI Yes Yes 033053
39547 12/09/2021 NCI Folkestone MoP reported person on cliff edge. WK investigated and found suicidal male. HMCG advised, CRT & police attended. Casualty arrested for his own safety and taken away. NCI No Yes 033078
39453 12/09/2021 NCI Wooltack Point May Day from yacht - Man overboard. Casualty assessed by paramedics and transferred to hospital by ambulance. NCI Yes Yes n/a
39567 11/09/2021 NCI Portland Bill HMCG requested visual on yacht in difficulty in Portland Race. CRT deployed. Casualty managed to get clear of Race. NFA. MCA/HMCG No Yes 032929
39424 11/09/2021 NCI Nells Point Dinghy capsized off harbour entrance. Gig attended, tried to help, unable to right vessel, so took casualty to safety. HMCG informed, AWLB recovered vessel NCI Yes Yes 032822
39434 11/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn Runner had serious fall during charity run. ILB tasked. Comms difficult, NCI offered to link. HELO tasked. Casualty carried to cliff top, and HELO to hospital NCI Yes Yes 032829
39435 11/09/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI observed kite surfer in difficulty. HMCG informed. Yacht picked up casualty, but not kite. ILB tasked to recover kite, but board not found. NCI Yes Yes 032918
39549 11/09/2021 NCI Froward Point Advised HMCG of dismasted yacht under tow by motor launch. HMCG requested continued monitoring. Watched until out of sight & stood down by HMCG. NCI No Yes 032914
39412 10/09/2021 NCI Stepper Point HMCG phoned NCI re. 3 MOP on Doom Bar. Visual on 3 anglers, joined by 2 more, knee deep in water, but absolutely fine MCA/HMCG No Yes 032728
39423 09/09/2021 NCI Teignmouth MOP reported to NCI re. beached boat, unattended. HMCG informed, CRT tasked. Boat broken free from mooring. Harbour Master had vessel towed to harbour NCI No Yes 032565
39448 08/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn HMCG requested visual from NCI re. object in water. CRT tasked, visual confirmed, possibly dead sheep. Object drifting out, so NFA. MCA/HMCG No Yes 032369
39393 07/09/2021 NCI Caister MOP reported to NCI her mother had fallen with head and face injuries. 999, advised 60 min wait for ambulance. First aid provided, HMCG informed. After 90 mins, casualty driven to A&E NCI No Yes 032159
39396 07/09/2021 NCI Caister MOP reported to NCI kayaker in trouble. HMCG advised, local LB tasked, position supplied. Kayak watched by crew until reached safety NCI Yes Yes 032182
39413 07/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI phoned HMCG re. 3 paddle boaders struggling against tide. NCI monitored, and due to failing light, ILB tasked. Casualties recovered by ILB, all well. NCI Yes Yes 032252
39419/39420 07/09/2021 NCI Exmouth 1 person separated from SUP and drifting. NCI advised HMCG. Casualty picked up by RIB and landed safely ashore. CG informed. Board recovered later. HMCG informed. NCI No Yes 032086
39420 07/09/2021 NCI Exmouth unmanned paddle board recovered by MOP. NCI informed HMCG, and board claimed NCI No Yes 032154
39653 07/09/2021 NCI Nare Point HMCG advised NCI a vessel had reported engine failure in estuary. Two vessels sighted, and neither in trouble. Suspected call was to pick up mooring. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39361 07/09/2021 NCI Charmouth Beach attendant reported to NCI cliff fall on beach. HMCG informed. CRT attended lookout, and location indicated. NCI No Yes 032079


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