Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 6324
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.
42230 10/06/2022 NCI Needles HMCG asked NCI for visual on motor launch in difficulty. Nothing seen. AWLB tasked and escorted casualty to safety under tow. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015634
42228 10/06/2022 NCI Calshot Tower NCI notified HMCG they had visual on vessel in shallow water having lost engine. 1 POB. Vessel then went aground. Local LB tasked, attached ropes but unable to tow off. Decided to retry on tide. , Vessel eventually freed after six hours by LB. NCI Yes Yes 015590
42200 09/06/2022 NCI Skegness NCI observed trail bike being ridden dangerously on beach, close to other beach users. Rider entered surf, fell off, and engine failed to restart. Bike stuck in sand/mud. MOP assisted recovering bike., Police and HMCG informed NCI No Yes n/a
42194 08/06/2022 NCI Exmouth HMCG called NCI following report from MOP of kitesurfer in difficulty. Local safety boat was tasked to bring casualty to safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
42179 07/06/2022 NCI Prawle Point Motor vessel reported to NCI a drifting tender, with name of vessel logged by NCI previous day. HMCG informed. Harbour authority informed by CG, and owner asked to contact CG. NCI No Yes n/a
42181 07/06/2022 NCI Fleetwood NCI informed HMCG re. 2 walkers about to be cut off by tide. Attempts to hail them failed. CRT and ILB tasked, and casualties returned to safety by ILB. NCI Yes Yes 013546
42246 07/06/2022 NCI Hornsea MOP informed NCI that an elderly lady had collapsed on the beach, and an ambulance had been called. HMCG informed, CRT tasked.Casualty was helped off the beach, and rested on prom., CG observed this on NCI CCTV, and CRT was stood down. Casualty walked away from scene. NCI No Yes 015327
42201 07/06/2022 NCI Torbay MOP reported to HMCG possible person in distress in water. CG requested a visual scan of area. Many people on beach so unlikely to be a person. CG closed incident. MCA/HMCG No Yes 015366
42176 06/06/2022 NCI Torbay NCI overheard a call from HMCG to CRT re. MOP stuck on cliff, hanging onto a tree. Not able to establish visual. Casualty located by Police, and NCI established visual, CG informed. ILB on scene., HELO tasked, CRT reached casualty, and HELO rescued casualty. ILB stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015258
42223 06/06/2022 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed small yacht change course and beach. HMCG informed, CRT tasked.CRT contacted skipper, who had beached deliberately to get provisions. Vessel had just been purchased., Equipment on vessel and fuel levels were inadequate, so harbourmaster towed casualty to boatyard. NCI No Yes 015234
42229 05/06/2022 NCI Gorleston HMCG phoned NCI to say MOP had reported a paddle boarder in difficulty. NCI established visual, albeit in poor visibility. NCI monitored casualty and established it was a lifeguard, not in difficulty. MCA/HMCG No Yes 015128
42125 04/06/2022 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent Boy suffered severe eye injury near station. Ambulance called, HMCG advised. After long delay, local LB with paramedic attended, dressed wound, and cleared to be driven to hospital., Ambulance cancelled NCI Yes Yes 014964
42126 04/06/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head MOP reported to NCI that his wife had fallen and was injured. HMCG informed, local CG on scene, ambulance requested. CRT carried stretcher to ambulance, and casualty taken to hospital. NCI No Yes 014995
42143 04/06/2022 NCI Torbay NCI logged on and heard ongoing Pan Pan from yacht without power and heading for rocks. HMCG asked NCI for visual, but casualty not visible from lookout. AWLB towed casualty back to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014922
42109 03/06/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI heard call from HMCG re. vessel with engine failure, requesting tow. Second boat approached but sent away. Vessel then towed by other vessel to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 014789
42193 03/06/2022 NCI Skegness HMCG requested NCI lookout for a jetski reported to be drifting. NCI located casualty grounded on mud flats, waiting for tide. ILB was tasked. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014799
42124 03/06/2022 NCI Stone Point Speedboat lost power and was drifting, despite anchor being deployed. Solent rescue tasked. NCI had visual, CG advised. Casualty towed to safety NCI Yes Yes 014638
42203 03/06/2022 NCI Bass Point Mayday from cabin cruiser with engine fire. 1 POB. HMCG responded immediately. Cargo vessel and other vessel responded. NCI observed vessel at updated position, no sign of fire. Second vessel to , respond arrived and took off one person. AWLB tasked and reached casualty, and reported hot spots associated with engine. LB took on casualty, awaited Fire Boat, which towed vessel to Falmouth. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes TBA
42161 03/06/2022 NCI Charmouth HMCG called NCI re. dinghy reported by MOP to possibly be in trouble. NCI had visual, with no signs of distress, however CG tasked LB. Casualties self rescued to beach, LB stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014782
41204 02/06/2022 NCI Nells Point NCI observed 4 MOP cut off by tide on island. HMCG informed. Casualties then proceeded to wade ashore across causeway.. 3 others were fishing and remained on island. NCI No Yes 01467
42112 02/06/2022 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea MOP reported 2 children missing on beach. HMCG informed. Children found 25 minutes later and reunited with parents. NCI No Yes 014598
42188 02/06/2022 NCI Canvey Island NCI observed wing surfer struggling to return to land. HMCG informed. ILB tasked, casualty finally made land, CG informed, ILB stood down. NCI Yes Yes n/a
42121 02/06/2022 NCI Porthcawl Police requested NCI search for vulnerable adult with child. Visual and camera search carried out, and HMCG informed. Nothing seen and casualty later found inland. Police No Yes POL120
42128 02/06/2022 NCI Gorleston Jet ski rider informed NCI they had broken down and were drifting. Unable to radio HMCG. 2 POB. CG informed, ILB tasked and towed casualties to safety NCI Yes Yes 014549
42139 02/06/2022 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed speed boat stopping and starting. HMCG phoned to say they had taken a call from boat owner as he had broken down. NCI confirmed visual. NCI confirmed other vessels in area., CG called any vessel, no reply. ILB tasked and towed casualty back to marina and safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014672
42090 02/06/2022 NCI Fleetwood Grey RIB observed by NCI - single occupant having difficulty starting engine. HMCG informed. NCI monitored situation, engine restarted, then stopped, and eventually moved out of sight of NCI. NCI No Yes 014563
42139 02/06/2022 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed speed boat stopping and starting. HMCG phoned to say they had taken a call from boat owner as he had broken down. NCI confirmed visual. NCI confirmed other vessels in area., CG called any vessel, no reply. ILB tasked and towed casualty back to marina and safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014672
42091 02/06/2022 NCI Skegness MOP informed NCI that their collection bucket had been stolen from outside station. W/K searched and apprehended offender. He handed over monies, and left. Police informed.Police attended, MOP provided USB stick showing theft to Police NCI No Yes POL184
42092 02/06/2022 NCI Cape Cornwall NCI observed prolonged discharge from tanker. HMCG contacted and given details, and when tanker contacted by CG, they said they were testing pumps. CG unhappy, and would continue investigation. NCI No Yes 014599
42159 02/06/2022 NCI Charmouth HMCG contacted NCI re. 2 MOP stuck on cliffs. 2 persons seen but not in distress. CRT tasked and gave casualties words of advice. MCA/HMCG No Yes 014570
42102 02/06/2022 NCI Nells Point NCI informed HMCG by 999 that 2 paddle boarders were in difficulty. CG asked NCI to monitor. ILB and CRT tasked. CG informed casualties now out of rip tide, and safely back to shore. NCI Yes Yes 014573
42103 02/06/2022 NCI Froward Point HMCG requested visual on yacht reported to be acting strangely by MOP. Yacht observed by NCI, one person sitting on bow. ILB tasked, given position by NCI, and towed casualty back to safety., It transpired that his engine had fallen off stern, and he was trying to retrieve it. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014586
42164 02/06/2022 NCI Gosport Pan Pan issued for catamaran dismasted al harbour entrance, 3 POB. NCI informed CG they had visual. NCI monitored situation as casualty taken under tow by other vessel, Police boat attended. MCA/HMCG No Yes 014559
42077 01/06/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed sea angling boat removing lobsters from a pot known to belong to local fisherman. HMCG informed, also Devon Sea Fisheries NCI No Yes n/a
42069 31/05/2022 NCI Porthcawl NCI called HMCG re. call from MOP about yacht in difficulty. NCI confirmed visual, 1 POB, waiting to enter marina, not in difficulty. Visual link to CG set up, yacht safely entered marina. MCA/HMCG No Yes 014349
42073 31/05/2022 NCI Nells Point NCI observed 2 MOP heading for island, tide coming in and will be cut off in 40 minutes. HMCG advised. Casualties then stranded, ILB tasked, collected casualties, returned to shore. NCI Yes Yes 014325
42074 31/05/2022 NCI Canvey Island 2 UKBF personel asked NCI to locate a RIB, and track it. RIB headed for yacht moored near pier. Police launch intercepted, with a UKBF RIB. NCI W/K had spoken to MOP hoping to pick people up. UK Border Force No No n/a
42088 31/05/2022 NCI Bass Point MOP advised NCI of an injured person on coast path. HMCG advised - position given by WTW. Injury was twisted ankle and casualty was able to make way to medical facility privately. NCI No Yes 014315
42041 29/05/2022 NCI Wooltack Point HMCG tasked ILB to search for missing kayaker. NCI offered visual search. NCI spotted orange object, but was false alarm. Casualty found safe and well ashore MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014064
42042 29/05/2022 NCI Gosport Yacht requested help as had engine failure. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. ILB tasked and took casualty under tow to safety of marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014066


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