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.
47831 15/10/2023 NCI Froward Point Motor Cruiser issued Pan Pan to report engine room fire, and drifting. NCI relayed comms. ILB tasked, and towed casualty back to harbour. Pan Pan cancelled. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538352
47801 14/10/2023 NCI Torbay NCI Torbay observed 2 persons on rocks with tide rising. HMCG informed- ILB was already tasked elsewhere, but became available. Continued monitoring - observed casualties climbing to safety - , informed ILB NCI Yes Yes 538256
47802 14/10/2023 NCI Worms Head NCI Worms Head observed 5 persons cut off on Devils Bridge- Contacted HMCG. Used siren to keep them to stay there. CRT arrived, no casualties now 9 ILB tasked - 3 trips to rescue all casualties NCI Yes Yes 538230
47806 14/10/2023 NCI Calshot Tower RIB contacted HMCG re fouled propeller.ILB tasked to assist. CG tasked NCI Calshot Tower to monitor and con ILB to target if required - done . ILB freed prop of casualty, who then continued MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538193
47807 14/10/2023 NCI St Alban's Head FFS contacted HMCG with engine failure NCI SAH had visual and contacted CG who tasked NCI to monitor and prepare to con LB. Upgraded to PanPan. LB observed taking casualty in tow MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538194
47799 13/10/2023 NCI Charmouth NCI Charmouth contacted HMCG requesting assistance for casualty on beach. CRT tasked to help. Updated Ambulance with details. CRT transferred casualty to Ambulance NCI Yes Yes 538114
47795 12/10/2023 NCI Newhaven NCI Newhaven observed two motor boats approx 3nm and 30-40 knots, Informed HMCG after radio traffic about drugs being found on beach .HMCG interviewed WK NCI No Yes 538011
47835 12/10/2023 NCI Stepper Point NCI observed a single manned dinghy leaving estuary, fishing and drifting. Weather deteriorating, fog reducing visibility. Visual lost so HMCG informed. CG called vessel on Ch16 - no response. , Watch maintained, harbour patrol alerted, which located vessel - all Ok. NFA. NCI No Yes 538032
47784 12/10/2023 NCI Gosport NCI Gosport advised by HMCG of an ongoing incident - flashing light observed by ferry. AWL' s tasked to make search pattern. NCI monitored. Nothing found and stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 537969
47788 12/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI Porthcawl contacted by SW Police for assistance in search for despondent female.. Police used camera links and NCI commenced scan. NCI located persons - police asked to continue monitoring. , Casualty taken away by Police. Police No No
47775 11/10/2023 NCI St Alban's Head NCI St Albans informed HMCG of multiple AIS alerts. CG requested screenshot of alert. and to inform if other alerts received, which was done NCI No Yes 537884
47759 10/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI Hengistbury Head to locate and report on motor boat with engine failure - Located, Casualty restarted engine and moved on MCA/HMCG No Yes 537803
47762 10/10/2023 NCI Worms Head NCI Worms Head observed MOP on Outer Head who disappeared from view. 999 to HMCG. ILB tasked and recovered casualty NCI Yes Yes 537786
47732 09/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI Torbay re MOP reported jet ski adrift. NCI checked and found Ocean rowing craft with 1 POB not in difficulty. HMCG confirmed it was vessel reported Stood Down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 537626
47734 09/10/2023 NCI Torbay RIB observed - outboard not working- using oars. NCI contacted Harbour Master Oscar 4 launched - nothing found - casualty self recovered NCI Yes No
47743 09/10/2023 NCI Shoreham NCI Shoreham received call from Police requesting CCTV damage to Food for Fort. NCI reviewed footage and confirmed suspicious behaviour- emailed footage to Police Police No No
47738 08/10/2023 NCI Fleetwood MOP reported to HMCG 4 men walking through water . CG tasked NCI Fleetwood to monitor until safe MCA/HMCG No Yes 537486
47740 08/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI Porthcawl -MOP reported swimmer in difficulty - tasked NCI to make visual search, Nothing seen, CG asked NCI to continue scan. ILB launched -casualty located and recovered to await , ambulance MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 537474
47720 07/10/2023 NCI Felixstowe HMCG tasked Volunteer Lifeboat after MOP reported concern for yacht which had been logged by NCI earlier. Lifeboat contacted craft all OK and stood by while casualty rowed to shore. NCI contacted , HMCG informing them they had monitored situation MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 537292
47725 07/10/2023 NCI Folkestone NCI Folkstone observed a kite surfer adrift from board. NCI contacted HMCG when distance from the board increased. CG tasked NCI to monitor . Casualty reached shore . NCI tasked to monitor board. , swimmer re entered the water to retrieve board and paddled to shore. CG requested NCI to continue until CRT arrived. NCI Yes Yes 537361
47705 07/10/2023 NCI Newhaven NCI Newhaven observed a kite surfer in water appeared to be struggling. Contacted HMCG who tasked CRT. Casualty self rescued NCI Yes Yes 537306
47706 07/10/2023 NCI Newhaven Motor vessel on ch 16 reported engine failure and drifting. NCI Newhaven contacted HMCG casualty had beached. AWL took in tow NCI Yes Yes 537311
47719 07/10/2023 NCI Felixstowe NCI Felixstowe observed two jetskis one towing the other. CH65 call from CRT to see if we had visual. NCI monitored until entered River Deben MCA/HMCG No Yes 537332
47704 06/10/2023 NCI Shoreham NCI Shoreham observed kayaker in water after capsize. Reported to HMCG - ILB tasked . casualty recovered - found to have prosthetic leg - ILB searched for missing limb NCI Yes Yes 537282
47693 05/10/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI Prawle Point observed drifting tender. Reported to HMCG . Local fisherman recovered to Salcombe NCI No Yes N/A
47728 04/10/2023 NCI Nare Point RN HELO reported large log in Falmouth Bay to HMCG, NCI Nare Point located and gave bearing to HMCG Who issued Pan Pan warning MCA/HMCG No Yes 536998
47689 04/10/2023 NCI Shoreham Pan Pan on Ch16 engine failure. NCI Shoreham had visual - informed HMCG - then rang Boat House with correct Bearing and Distance from ILB. NCI stood down owing to low light after being thanked , for information NCI Yes Yes 536997
47782 04/10/2023 NCI Froward Point YBS Reported to HMCG engine failure. CG tasked NCI Froward Point to locate and monitor. Communications difficult between parties. YBS enters River Dart. NCI stood down MCA/HMCG No Yes 536972
47661 02/10/2023 NCI St Ives HMCG contacted NCI St Ives re MOP reported swimmer in difficulty - tasked to make visual search. Owing to poor visibility, nothing seen. ILB launched. MOP reported swimmer self recovered MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 536692
47617 01/10/2023 NCI Shoreham MOP reported object in sea. NCI Shoreham made visual search - nothing found. second call from MOP reporting 2 metre high object. NCI contacted HMCG who tasked 2nd WK to investigate. who reported back, object was a race marker. Informed CG who stood NCI down NCI No Yes 536538
47635 01/10/2023 NCI Calshot Tower NCI Calshot Tower observed rib with crew waving hands for help. HMCG advised .Motor Boat arrived and arranged tow. NCI tasked to monitor until safe. NCI No Yes 536609
47733 01/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI Torbay after report from MOP re SUP appeared in difficulty. NCI scanned but nothing found. CG called back to say person no longer in the water. MCA/HMCG No Yes 536576
47641 01/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI Torbay re MOP reported SUP in difficulty. NCI made visual and camera search - nothing found. NCI stood down MCA/HMCG No Yes 536576
47663 01/10/2023 NCI Teignmouth HMCG contacted NCI Teignmouth re yacht grounded in harbour entrance. NCI already monitoring situation. Casualty broke free and made way to sea.HMCG advised MCA/HMCG No Yes 536562
47614 30/09/2023 NCI Bass Point HMCG contacted NCI Bass Point tasking them to monitor dismasted trimaran. ILB towed to Falmouth MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 536391
47601 30/09/2023 NCI St Ives NCI St Ives spotted swimmer in difficulty against spring tide. NCI contacted HMCG. Continued monitoring - swimmer self recovered to rocks NCI No Yes 536388
47607 30/09/2023 NCI Brancaster MOP contacted NCI Brancaster reported 2 unmanned boats floated off their moorings . NCI contacted Harbour Master who contacted ferry. NCI contacted HMCG - tasked NCI to monitor. 1 boat retrieved 2nd , eventually ran aground NCI No Yes N/A
47610 29/09/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG contacted Shoreham NCI reporting a drifting kayak .NCI had logged - gave update - making slow progress. but no sign of danger. CG advised NCI to stand down MCA/HMCG No Yes 536308
47593 29/09/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI Porthcawl routine scan noticed MOP attempting to cross mudflats. MOP became stuck to thighs. NCI Rang HMCG - cam link established - rising tide. NCI Mobile with Casualty. HMCG tasked Fire Service , and RNLI. Fire Service pulled Casualty to safety returned to slipway. NCI mobile radioed CG requesting ambulance NCI Yes Yes 536181
47594 29/09/2023 NCI Gosport Pan Pan heard YBK engine failure. Gosport NCI visual search, located and Update HMCG. NCI monitored Casualty who made slow progress to Harbour entrance, taken in tow . Casualty advised no further help, required MCA/HMCG No Yes 536263


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