Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5302
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,
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.
36763 09/12/2020 NCI Nells Point CG requested visual search for possibly drifting canoe. Area surveyed and after CG contacted canoe on radio NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
36756 08/12/2020 NCI Newhaven Relayed to CG MoP report of 'nautical' items found on beach cleaning. NCI No Yes n/n
36755 07/12/2020 NCI Rame Head HMCG requested visual search for Paddleboarder. Observed between Looe and Seaton looking safe and well. ILB confirmed paddleboard not in trouble, and left scene. NFAR. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 039035
36737 06/12/2020 NCI Cape Cornwall HMCG asked for visual check on kayak stationary for 1 hour. Confirmed to HMCGkayaker was local commercial fisherman known to WKs. MCA/HMCG No Yes 038950
36802 06/12/2020 NCI Shoreham Anchored FV radioed as unable to restart engines. HMCG advised. Second call advised no help currently on hand. HMCG tasked ILB which towed vessel upriver to mooring. NCI Yes Yes 038948
36748 05/12/2020 NCI Teignmouth HMCG requested visual on person clinging to groyne near Pier. Confirmed that an upright at the end of the groyne resembled person. Later confirmed by original contact. MCA/HMCG No Yes 038876
36778 05/12/2020 NCI Southend Reported downed kitesurfer to CG. Casualty monitored and CG updated when he was recovered with another's help. NCI No Yes n/n
36688 01/12/2020 NCI Porthcawl Police requested visual search for missing kayaker. Police contacted HMCG. AFter 20+ minutes, HMCG confirmed casualty safe and well and stood everyone down. Police Yes Yes None
36731 30/11/2020 NCI Shoreham HMCG requsted status of windsurfer reported in difficulty. Casualty sighted making no progress. HMCG tasked ILB & CRT to assist. Casualty self-rescued, met by CRT. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 038575
36661 28/11/2020 NCI Mablethorpe Jogger reported missing companion. Advised HMCG. Spotted casualty on cctv . Casualty arrived at lookout - safe and well. NCI No Yes 38387
36638 25/11/2020 NCI Mablethorpe MoP reported possible ordnance on beach. Informed HMCG. CRT on scene awaiting MOD team. NCI No Yes 038136
36643 25/11/2020 NCI Calshot Tower In contact with CG and RNLI concerning reported drifting lifejacket. No further sighting due to poor visibility. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 038152
36637 24/11/2020 NCI Newhaven Police requested visual search for missing person. Description passed. Spotted person answering description and notified police who attended and removed casualty. Police No No Police
36630 22/11/2020 NCI Porthcawl Reported 2 surfers struggling to gain safety. HMCG tasked ILB which was unable to reach them due to surf conditions. AWL put on standby but surfers managed to get ashore. Both OK. NCI Yes Yes 037901
36292 22/11/2020 NCI Torbay Request from Solent CG to check Brixham side of Torbay following a report of a sunken Barge, also grey hulled vessel possibly involved. Reported to Solent CG nothing visible. MCA/HMCG No Yes 035167
36556 22/11/2020 NCI Exmouth Advised HMCG of channel buoy adrift in shipping channel. NCI No Yes 037420
36625 22/11/2020 NCI Holehaven MoP reported large driftwood items which may be potential hazard. Reported to HMCG who tasked Canvey CRT to remove. NCI No Yes 037914
36627 21/11/2020 NCI Newhaven During search for missing scalloper spotted possible debris in water. Advised HMCG of location. AWL reported floating seaweed, but thanked NCI for report. NCI Yes Yes 037799
36585 21/11/2020 NCI Porthcawl Reported struggling windsurfer drifting on ebb tide and maintained eyes-on. HMCG tasked ILB which recovered casualty to shore. NCI Yes Yes 037823
36589 21/11/2020 NCI Stone Point Watchkeeper checked surfboard and sail abandoned on beach and reported to HMCG. Lymington CRT traced owner of board who was safe ashore. Owner collected board and thanked Watcheeper. NCI No Yes 037826
36581 21/11/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested visual check for kite surfer reportedly 'in trouble'. All surfers in sight were not in distress, CRT confirmed all clear. All assets stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 037831
36579 20/11/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Reported to CG a lady without a lifejacket overboard from an inflatable . Calshot ILB launched and casualty recovered safely for transport to hospital NCI No Yes 037734
36640 19/11/2020 NCI St Alban's Head MoP reported receiving text re possible incident. WK investigated, spoke to walkers and workmen. HMCG advised, suggested NFAR. NCI No Yes 37640
36562 16/11/2020 NCI Whitstable Advised HMCG of barrel floating in the water drifting eastward. HMCG confirmed no further action necessary. NCI No Yes N/A
36552 15/11/2020 NCI Southend S==Kite-surfer stock on Boom, Kite & board drifting away. HMCG notified. They tasked ILB to recover casualty. CRT also attended. NCI Yes Yes 037319
36557 15/11/2020 NCI Porthcawl HMCG asked for camera/visual search for MoP-reported windsurfer in difficulty. Confirmed all windsurfers monitored and not in trouble. All three walked ashore unaided 15 minutes later. MCA/HMCG No Yes 037362
36561 14/11/2020 NCI Felixstowe HMCG advised NCI of kite surfer in trouble (initially thought to be 2). ILB and AWLB tasked, Casualty with dislocated shoulder picked up and returned to shore and waiting ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 037232
36519 12/11/2020 NCI Felixstowe Surfer in difficulty. HMCG advised. Surfer self=recovered, board drifting. CRT attended, ILB tasked to recover board. NCI Yes Yes 037051
36529 12/11/2020 NCI St Agnes Head CRT requestedd use of lookout as control centre for search for persons swept off rocks. CRTs, LBs and helo searching through the night. Search suspended following midday. 1 missing person not found. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 037059
36530 12/11/2020 NCI St Agnes Head Watch Station opened out of hours to provide base for emergency services searching for persons swept into sea. No sightings. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 37059
36496 07/11/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head MoP reported PWC in possible difficulty having hit rocks. ILB tasked to investigate. ILB with PWC - not in difficulty. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 036629
36533 07/11/2020 NCI Torbay HMCG requested search for casualty in the water. Reported possible sighting. Torbay CRT, LB and Police tasked to search. Casualty found out of water and safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 036605
36491 06/11/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Advised HMCG of kite-surfer in difficulty. Kite lost. ILB & CRT tasked. MoP reported her partner safe, kite lost. Details passed to HMCG. NCI Yes Yes 036515
36493 06/11/2020 NCI Charmouth Assisted Police and CRT in closing off beach due to unexploded ordnance. Notified Charmouth Beach Superintendent. MCA/HMCG No Yes 036526
36516 04/11/2020 NCI Nare Point Dory radioed HMCG re engine failure. We reported to HMCG that casualty yacht was under observation. Second dory took casuaalty under tow. We informed HMCG we would maintain obs till out of sight. NCI No Yes 036328
36357 31/10/2020 NCI Fleetwood Walkers observed approx ½ mile out – concern over time & tide. HMCG informed, asked us to monitor as walkers return to prom. NCI No Yes 035985
36372 31/10/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head MoP reported kayaker struggling against wind and sea conditions. Advised HMCG and continued monitoring. Lost sight after sunset. HMCG stood NCI down & continuing to monitor remotely. NCI No Yes 036001
36348 28/10/2020 NCI Porthcawl Co-operated with CG and CRT to check on drifting containers likely to come ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
36331 27/10/2020 NCI Exmouth ADvised HMCG of MoP report of dog fallen over cliff. CRT dispatched but MoP retrieved dog to safety. NCI No Yes 035594
36314 26/10/2020 NCI Fleetwood MoP reported walker with broken leg near the Lookout. Advised HMCG. Fleetwood CRT took casualty in their vehicle to waiting ambulance. NCI No Yes 035493


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