Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 7597
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-crewed 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.
48024 04/11/2023 NCI Charmouth NCI observed MOP cut off by tide. HMCG informed, monitoring requested. CRT and ILB tasked, and contact made with casualty, who turned out to be a fossil hunter who was safe and well. NFA. NCI Yes Yes 540768
48048 04/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed chemical tanker behaving suspiciously, frequently reversing for several hours. HMCG informed, and CG investigated. NCI No Yes n/a
48020 03/11/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP handed in to NCI live bullets (apparently live). Items put in water, and informed HMCG. 2 more bullets found and Police arranged collection. NCI No Yes 540703
47974 30/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of swimmer in difficulty. Search commenced, ILB tasked. Nothing seen, apart from boat club buoy. All assets stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 540261
47963 30/10/2023 NCI Brancaster NCI observed 2 MOP + dog walking out with incoming tide. HMCG I informed. Casualties tried wading, dog swimming. CRT tasked, and casualties reached beach through waist deep water. All well. NCI No Yes 540259
47964 30/10/2023 NCI St Agnes Head MOP informed NCI an elderly gent had fallen on coast path. Ambulance en route but no ETA. W/K opened barrier, and other W/K used their vehicle to bring casualty to the lookout. Ambulance asked family , to transport casualty to hospital, so W/K took a family member to their car. CRT tasked, and advised it was safe to drive casualty to hospital. NFA. Ambulance No Yes 540240
47937 29/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG tasked ILB to person cut off by tide. NCI informed CG they had visual, and asked to monitor. ILB unable to access due to sea conditions, so CRT tasked. Casualty was fossil hunter and was not , in difficulty. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 540096
47928 28/10/2023 NCI Point Lynas HMCG contacted NCI re. kayakers in trouble. Visual requested, but no kayaks seen. After continued observation, kayakers seen, and not in difficulty. MCA/HMCG No Yes 539936
47920 27/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed a MOP stuck in mud trying to cross slipway. HMCG informed, ILB and CRT tasked, and casualty extracted from mud by LB crew. NCI Yes Yes 539834
47922 27/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head Local ferry reported to HMCg a capsized unmanned dinghy. NCI had visual, asked to look for possible casualty. ILB tasked, and towed dinghy to sailing club. Vessel had blown away while rigged. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539835
47897 26/10/2023 NCI Prawle Point MOP reported to NCI an unmanned RIB tied to rocks on beach. No Outboard. HMCG informed. NCI No Yes n/a
47912 26/10/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP reported a decomposing porpoise to NCI. HMCG informed, with details of location. NFA NCI No Yes 539729
47917 26/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG tasked ILB and CRT re. report of person in water. NCI offered to search. Object suspected to be a log, confirmed by NCI. Assets stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539751
47933 26/10/2023 NCI Stepper Point NCI heard radio comms between HMCG and LGs re. report of surfer in trouble. NCI established visual of casualty with LGs in their ILB. Surfer was fine, and advice was given. Surfer returned to beach. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539725
47893 25/10/2023 NCI Gosport HMCG called NCI re. motor boat with engine failure and was taking on water. It was anchored and NCI established visual. ILB tasked, and towed casualty to harbour and the safety of a marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539536
47889 24/10/2023 NCI Worms Head NCI observed MOP cut off by causeway flooding. HMCG informed. W/K deployed horn and megaphone. CRT, ILB and AWLB tasked, casualty recovered by LB. NCI Yes Yes 539454
47887 23/10/2023 NCI Newhaven HMCG called NCI re. report of people in water. Nothing visible, CG informed, and told of 2 vessels in area. AWLB tasked, searched area and talked to vessels - nothing seen, NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539385
47879 23/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG asked NCI for visual on vessel possibly in distress in harbour entrance. Vessel identified, and CG informed it had made it to quay safely MCA/HMCG No Yes 539354
47921 22/10/2023 NCI Fleetwood HMCG asked NCI for visual on MOP reported to be agitated and walking into difficulty. CG asked local FB to look, and casualty was reported to be walking back to shore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 539193
47874 22/10/2023 NCI Swanage MOP brought a lifebuoy with a broken EPIRB attached to NCI. HMCG informed, who contacted Royal Navy, from whose ship it had come from. NCI No Yes 539187
47885 21/10/2023 NCI Felixstowe HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of a windsurfer in difficulty. CRT tasked, and saw nothing, neither did NCI. Widsurfer then spotted by NCI, CRT informed and ILB tasked. casualty came ashore, safe and well, and was met by CRT. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539087
47856 21/10/2023 NCI Torbay NCI heard message to ILB re. swimmer missing. Search of area by NCI spotted swimmer, CG informed, and tasked ILB, which recovered casualty to beach MCA/HMCG No Yes 439089
47859 21/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of paraglider falling into sea. Visual check requested. Nothing seen. CG called back to say it was a model aircraft, not a paraglider. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 539070
47864 21/10/2023 NCI St Ives NCI observed a dinghy washed up on beach. No one present. HMCG informed, who contacted Harbour master. Vessel was tender to a trip boat which had broken free of mooring in storm., Recovery arranged. NCI No Yes 539045
47866 21/10/2023 NCI Shoreham NCI observed AWLB and HELO searching. HMCG informed them they were looking for a missing person and asked for a search. MISPER later found, all stood dow. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539031
47867 21/10/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG called NCI rte. report from MOP of kite surfer in trouble. Visual established, and all kites in area seemed under control. NFA Fire No Yes 539051
47868 21/10/2023 NCI Southend HMCG called NCI re. report of a lone swimmer lost from view by MOP. NCI had visual, and monitored casualty as they came ashore. Hovercraft had been tasked but stood down. NCI advised CG all safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539076
47883 20/10/2023 NCI Penzance MOP reported to NCI concern for lone paddle boarder. MOP advised to contact HMCG. MOP returned to location but no-one with information was present so called NCI again. , NCI called CG, then MOP called to say there were now several paddle boarders present and no apparent problem. CG advised. NCI No Yes 538937
47855 20/10/2023 NCI Rame Head HMCG issued MayDay relay re. female stuck up cliff. NCI asked for visual. AWLB, ILB and CRT tasked. ILB unable to assist due to swell, HELO tasked. Casualty in mobile phone contact with CG., NCI established visual, CG informed. Casualty extracted by CRT, all other assets stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 538969
47860 20/10/2023 NCI Calshot Tower MayDay relay from HMCG re. capsized pleasure craft, assistance requested. NCI told CG they had visual, and 2 vessels were assisting. local patrons; boat recovered vessel, ILB met casualties which, were transferred to ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538983
47843 19/10/2023 NCI Newhaven MOP informed NCI there was unattended swimming gear on beach. HMCG informed, already aware. CRT tasked, and kite surfer confirmed they were his. NFA. NCI No Yes 538806
47844 19/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of unmanned jetski floating off headland. NCI informed CG a cabin cruiser was approaching object. AWLB tasked and recovered jetski. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538848
47839 18/10/2023 NCI Canvey Island NCI observed a large roll of barbed wire, covered in seaweed floating towards beach. HMCH informed, as hazard to vessels. CRT tasked, and recovered object with extended arm digger. NCI No Yes 538722
46842 18/10/2023 NCI Exmouth HMCG contacted NCI re. kite surfer possibly in difficulty. NCI monitored casualty until they self recovered. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 578737
47838 16/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed a large chemical drum washed up on beach. HMCG informed - potential chemical hazard. CRT tasked, and confirmed drum was sealed so removal arranged with local authority. NCI No Yes 538439
47845 16/10/2023 NCI Southend NCI observed a sailing dinghy proceeding into danger. Casualty changed course but still collided with protective boom. HMCG informed. Casualty lowered sail, freed itself from boom, but ran aground, Occupant entered water and pushed dinghy, hovercraft tasked, and monitored dinghy into river. Later it was learned it was a solo sailer, trying to sail to France, with limited provision, or experience NCI Yes Yes 538486
47826 16/10/2023 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent May Day received by HMCG from yacht reported to be in Solent. NCI conducted visual search - nothing seen. Pan Pan issued but nothing reported. Assumed to be another hoax May Day. MCA/HMCG No Yes 538487
47810 15/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head 2 RIBs ( one with 6 POB, one with 3 POB) were observed tied together, aground in channel. No lifejackets. No immediate danger, one RIB tried to tow other off, people in water. HMCG received 999 call , from MOP. NCI confirmed to CG they had visual. Not enough water for ILB, so decided to wait for tide. Both vessels refloated and progressed up channel, CG advised. Met by ILB crew and advised. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538368
47811 15/10/2023 NCI St Alban's Head NCI observed motor launch, 2 POB, land ashore. Persons walked along shore picking up objects and depositing plastic bags. Parcels loaded into container, which was transferred to vessel. HMCG informed., Vessel cast off, and headed along shore. CG informed. Vessel then landed again, picked up objects plus a discarded dinghy. Vessel cast off towing dinghy. CG informed. NFA NCI No Yes n/a
47816 15/10/2023 NCI Charmouth MOP reported to NCI a walker had fainted - possible heart attack. HMCG informed, CRT and ambulance called. W/K kept relatives informed. Ambulance crew attended casualty. NCI No Yes 538324


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