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.
36296 25/10/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head MoP reported yacht with no mast stationary in water. Initially no sighting. Advised CG yacht now under power. Maintained eyes on till considered safe. NCI No Yes 35390
36298 25/10/2020 NCI Exmouth MoP reporting paddleboarder in difficulty. HMCG advised. ILB already tasked to shout out of sight of NCI. Maintained obs until paddleboarder safely ashore. NCI No Yes 035417
36300 25/10/2020 NCI Charmouth Advised HMCG of 3 persons cut off by tide. Gave description and location. Concern that MoPs may try unsafe exit. NCI asked to monitor as MoPs made their way to safety. NCI No Yes 035428
36330 24/10/2020 NCI Nare Point Advide HMCG of possible surfborders in difficulty and gave position. Visual contact maintained until boards passed. NCI No Yes
36652 23/10/2020 NCI Shoreham ADvised HMCG of single-crewed yacht making little or no progress against wind & tide. CG requested close monitoring. Vessel monitored until out of sight. NFAR. NCI No Yes 035244
36290 22/10/2020 NCI Bass Point HMCG requested sitrep on two kayaks. two persons & 1 do in water. RNLI tasked to recover. Local FV recovered 1 kayak and 1 person & dog self-recovered to shore. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 035158
36280 21/10/2020 NCI Cromer 15 crab pots abandoned on beach. Local fisherman contacted and removed pots. NCI No Yes 035082
36267 20/10/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested any sighting of swimmer reported 'missing'. No sighting. Target later found safe and well. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 34945
36289 20/10/2020 NCI Felixstowe Mop reported undischarged flare on beach. Notified Dover CG - local CRT responded NCI No Yes 034969
36277 20/10/2020 NCI Portland Bill Mayday heard from fishing vessel, crew taking to liferaft. Notified HMCG of vesssel's position. AWLB tasked and rescued 3 casualties. Vessel abandoned. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034948
36249 18/10/2020 NCI Nells Point Reported to CG that causeway was covered and MoPs still on island. Monitoring and updated when LBs and helo attended to bring safely to mainland. NCI Yes Yes 034813
36255 18/10/2020 NCI Stone Point Reported to CG two paddleboarders struggling in strong tide. Calshot ILB launched to recover them to shore safely. NCI Yes Yes 1358
36276 18/10/2020 NCI Felixstowe Vessel reported a large floating timber hulk in shipping channel. Dover CG asked us to locate and keep under observation. Pilot cutter tasked to locate and tow into port. MCA/HMCG No Yes 34752
36274 17/10/2020 NCI Felixstowe Advised Dover CG of 8-metre floating timber hulk in shipping lane. Pilot boat recovered hullk into Harwich.. NCI No Yes 34607
36275 17/10/2020 NCI Felixstowe 2 x Paddleboarders appeared to be in difficulty. Asked to keep under observation by Dover CG, who tasked local lifeboat to investigate. NCI Yes Yes 034637
36230 17/10/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported grounded yacht to CG. Updated when she refloated on rising tide. NCI Yes Yes 034626
36235 17/10/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head In contact with CG over large paddle board with 4 PoB and dog onboard. Monitored and updated when ILB established it not in danger. FAWGI NCI Yes Yes 034671
36240 17/10/2020 NCI Torbay Monitored and updated CG on recovery by ILB of disabled RIB.. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034600
36243 17/10/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed call to CG from stranded MoPs. ILB and CRT attended to bring them ashore safely. NCI Yes Yes 034626
36220 15/10/2020 NCI Nells Point Reported to CG two MoPs cut off by tide on Sully Island. CRT and ILB attended to recover them safely to mainland. NCI Yes Yes 34431
36222 15/10/2020 NCI Exmouth CG requested visual check for smoke reported on horizon. No sighting. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 034422
36210 14/10/2020 NCI Exmouth CG requested visual check on 'wing boarder' reported 'in difficulty'. ILB launched and target identified as safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034359
36200 12/10/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Relayed to CG MoP report of hazardous gill net near surfing beach. Not visible from NCI Station. Local nav warning issued. NCI No Yes 034213
36197 11/10/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Accurate position of disabled motor cruiser passed to CG. Monitored casualty and updated when LB attended to assist with jammed anchor. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034124
36229 11/10/2020 NCI Nare Point Monitored and updated CG on recovery by AWLB and helo of casualty with heart condition. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034101
36183 10/10/2020 NCI Great Orme Assisted injured windsurfer to safety in Lookout and kept him warm until CRT arrived and he was moved home by friends. Ambulance stood down. NCI No Yes 034011
36190 10/10/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported grounded yacht to CG. Updated when it was towed in by a RIB. NCI No Yes 034016
36238 10/10/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested visual search for possibly missing surfer reported by MoP. Scan picked up wet suited surfer on beach talking to the MoP. CG updated and incident closed. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 034031
36180 10/10/2020 NCI Porthcawl Co-ordinated with CG and surf school to identify and monitor recovery of surfer in rip tide by school rescue board. CG updated. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033988
36181 10/10/2020 NCI Prawle Point Monitored and updated CG on recovery of disabled PWC by another. NCI No Yes n/n
36209 09/10/2020 NCI Shoreham CG requested visual check for dog reportedly in difficulties in water. Target located and updated when it made the beach safely.. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033935
36168 08/10/2020 NCI Mundesley Reported to CG an injured MoP fallen from promenade. CRT attended and casualty moved to hospital by ambulance. NCI No Yes 033865
36158 07/10/2020 NCI Holehaven Co-operated with CG in monitoring of recovery of yacht with engine failure by another and its towing safely in. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033749
36194 06/10/2020 NCI Rhoscolyn Conducted visual search for CG for body lost overboard from ferry. No sighting. Casualty's body later found on beach. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 033628
36559 06/10/2020 NCI Portland Bill Reported to CG loss of visual contact with yacht in gale conditions. Ship in area confirmed sighting and potential casualty reached harbour safely. nfa NCI No Yes 33661
36145 06/10/2020 NCI Felixstowe CG requested any sighting of paddleboarder and swimmer reported 'in trouble'. No sighting. Targets later safe on beach. FAWGI? MCA/HMCG No Yes 033668
36151 06/10/2020 NCI Charlestown Reported to CG position of two MoP climbing out of danger from rising tide. CRT and LB attended and found them safe, MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 033684
36154 02/10/2020 NCI Torbay Reported to CG that vessel reportedly dragging anchor was in fact safe. Monitored and updated when she remained in position. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033286
36088 01/10/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that yacht with engine problem was visual. Monitored and updated when LB towed her in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 033167
36208 01/10/2020 NCI Nare Point Relayed MoP report of major debris hazard to CG. Securite warning issued. NCI No Yes n/n


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