Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5802
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.
39169 22/08/2021 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed yacht aground on Bar. HMCG informed, AWLB tasked. Yacht managed to refloat itself, LB cancelled . NCI Yes Yes 029333
39138 22/08/2021 NCI Worms Head 2 MOP on causeway when due to close. Siren deployed, but ignored. HMCG informed. CRT informed. Decided they may be going fishing. NCI No Yes 029305
39139 22/08/2021 NCI Rame Head HMCG contacted NCI re. Motor Cruiser taking on water, requested visual. Yachts assisted. ILB tasked, and took MC under tow, and into Sound. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 029297
39147 22/08/2021 NCI Nells Point 2 MOP seen on island, also 2 fishermen. HMCG advised. ILB and CRT tasked. ILB did sweep of island, confirmed no casualties and fishermen intended staying for duration of high water. NCI Yes Yes 029329
39113 21/08/2021 NCI Nare Point NCI advised that dinghy washed up on beach. Concern that incoming tide would refloat. HMCG advised, CRT secured dinghy higher on beach. NCI No Yes 022862
39121 21/08/2021 NCI Worms Head MOP reported to NCI military ordnance. Photos sent to NCI and HMCG. CRT tasked, and waiting for tide. Incident ongoing. NCI No Yes 029089
39123 21/08/2021 NCI Calshot Tower HMCG phoned NCI re. small vessel aground. NCI already had under observation. 2 POB on deck not in distress. Vessel freed itself and proceeded under power. MCA/HMCG No Yes 028984
39278 20/08/2021 NCI Mablethorpe Police requested NCI assistance in looking for MOP. target sighted, I/D confirmed, Police leave with MOP in vehicle. Police No Yes POL164
39449 20/08/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn May Day from sinking yacht. NCI had visual, and monitored situation. LBs towed vessel to harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
39315 20/08/2021 NCI Needles May Day heard from yacht aground. No response from HMCG, so NCI telephoned CG. Yacht reported position as in marina. Contact made by CG, NCI stood down. NCI No Yes 028848
39127 20/08/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG issued alert for fishing vessel broken down off Berry Head. AWLB tasked and escorted casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 028835
39132 20/08/2021 NCI Porthdinllaen May Day from yacht taking on water. NCI carried out visual search, located potential casualty. AWLB tasked, and conned onto casualty by NCI. HELO also tasked. Pumps aboard and yacht towed to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 028850
39086 18/08/2021 NCI Calshot Tower NCI reported 2 paddle boarders in difficulty. HMCG tasked LB. NCI monitored. No sign of lifejackets. LB recovered 1, and one safely reached beach. NCI Yes Yes 028624
39088 18/08/2021 NCI Worms Head MOP heading over causeway just before closed. Siren deployed, no response. HMCG informed and CRT tasked. Casualties waded back safely. NCI No Yes 028573
39077 17/08/2021 NCI Porthcawl Visual requested by HMCG of windsurfer with broken board. LB tasked, and position given by NCI. Casualty and gear recovered safely by LB MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 028510
39051 16/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht called HMCG with engine failure. NCI had visual, and gave CG position. AWLB tasked, and towed casualty into harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
39069 16/08/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. MOP concerned about wing surfer. NCI had under observation. Slow progress but eventually reached shore, NCI monitored progress and informed CG MCA/HMCG No Yes 028386
39148 15/08/2021 NCI Exmouth Following call from MOP, maintained visual on kite surfer separated from board. HMCG updated. Kite surfer and board safely reached shore NCI No Yes 028215
39029 15/08/2021 NCI Torbay NCI phoned by HMCG re kayaker fallen off and not in contact. Casualty located by camera, made his way to shore, then swam to retrieve kayak. CRT tasked but NCI told CG not needed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 028113
39030 15/08/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requeste visual on yacht adrift. Poor visibility due to squall. ILB and harbour launch tasked. Yacht towed to safety in harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 028120
39041 15/08/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI informed of yacht with jammed main sail. HMCG informed and asked NCI to monitor. ILB tasked. ILB alongside, sail down, and ILB took casualty under tow, and secured to mooring MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 028149
39045 15/08/2021 NCI Brancaster MOP reported to NCI missing child. HMCG informed. CRT tasked. Child found by parents safe and well NCI Yes Yes 028119
39049 15/08/2021 NCI Torbay Police reported to HMCG high risk MISPER. ILB, CRT, HELO, NCI, all involved in extensive search. Nothing found. Later found in Paignton Police No Yes 028131
39084 15/08/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Tasked by HMCG to report yacht aground. LB in attendance, crewman aboard. Yacht likely to refloat soon, LB standing by. Yacht refloated and under way NCI Yes Yes 028144
39085 15/08/2021 NCI Calshot Tower NCI called HMCG re. paddle boarders in difficulty, after call from yacht on Ch67. LB tasked, picked up 3 boards and passengers, and a dog. Others made it to shore safely. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 028145
39026 14/08/2021 NCI Felixstowe MOP contacted HMCG re. unattended windsurfer on beach. NCI asked for visual, but not available. NCI knew owner, texted him, confirmed fine and waiting to return to sea MCA/HMCG No Yes 027934
39104 14/08/2021 NCI St Agnes Head HMCG requested visual check on vessel reported drifting. RNLI skybox tasked. W/k observed open boat with 1 POB fishing. All well, no problem. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 027867
39031 14/08/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMG requested NCI search for MISPER. Extensive search by NCI, Police, HELO, ILB and CRT. Nothing found, search ongoing next day without success. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 027930
39112 14/08/2021 NCI Nare Point Yacht observed by NCI aground near rock. HMCG informed. Skipper had requested assistance. AWLB tasked, towed yacht to safety. NCI Yes Yes n/a
39018 12/08/2021 NCI Penzance HMCG requested NCI look out for windsurfer in difficulty (MOP informed CG). Visual obtained, frequently in water, and NCI monitored. Eventually reached safety. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 027530
39032 12/08/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG requested NCI look for 2 MOP cut off by tide. Visual confirmed, ILB tasked and recovered casualties safely ashore MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 037601
39120 12/08/2021 NCI Polruan HMG requested visual for broken down yacht, No yacht but rib fixing tow to day boat observed. CG informed. Harbour patrol and ILB on scene and casualty towed to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 027540
39237 12/08/2021 NCI Gosport HMCG issued Pan Pan for broken down yacht. NCI reported no yacht visible at location. Correct position eventually ascertained, and casualty towed to harbour by other vessels MCA/HMCG No Yes 027562
39078 12/08/2021 NCI Folkestone NCI observed rib with 10 POB coming ashore. HMCG advised. UKBF met persons concerned at top of cliff. NCI No Yes 027482
39110 11/08/2021 NCI Nare Point Catamaran observed by NCI to capsize. HMCG informed. No apparent distress. NCI stood down as race control took responsibility. NCI No Yes n/a
39009 11/08/2021 NCI Penzance HMCG requested visual search of shore, as rucksack found on beach. CCTV scan saw one swimmer. CRT tasked and found rucksack. No problem found. MCA/HMCG No Yes 027221
39151 10/08/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested local weather report, following report of boy missing while snorkelling. No visual contact on CCTV. Lifeguard recovered casualty to safety MCA/HMCG No Yes 027136
38994 10/08/2021 NCI Newhaven NCI informed HMCG of what looked like a fishing vessel, possibly aground. CRT tasked, and photo sent to CG.. Appeared to be optical illusion as no longer looked like vessel. CRT nothing found. NCI No Yes 027126
39447 09/08/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn 4 persons in water, thrown from jet skis. visual requested. LB tasked but fault, so HELO tasked. Casualties reached beach and assessed by CRT and HELO - all well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
39114 09/08/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG called NCI for visual on cruiser believed to be drifting. CG called all vessels, Casualty called and advised all well. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a


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