Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5970
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.

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.
39751 08/10/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. surfer in difficulty. Visual requested, and after extensive search with cameras no problem seen. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 036342
39738 07/10/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested visual on possible floating hazard. Nothing seen. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39723 05/10/2021 NCI Nells Point NCI observed 2 paddle boarders in difficulty. HMCG informed, CRT and ILB tasked. CRT conned ILB to casualties, recovered them, and then recovered boards. NCI Yes Yes 035869
39711 04/10/2021 NCI Froward Point HMCG requestd NCI keep visual on 1 kayak and 1 paddle boarder. Local fishing vessels also reported visual. Monitoring maintained until reached safety.. MCA/HMCG No Yes 035777
39683 03/10/2021 NCI Prawle Point HMCG requested NCI monitor yacht reported by MOP as in difficulty. No problem seen with yacht MCA/HMCG No Yes 035682
39696 03/10/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed Kite Surfer struggling. HMCG informed, LB tasked, and CRT. Casualty self rescued to beach safely. NCI Yes Yes 035688
39663 02/10/2021 NCI Bass Point NCI informed HMCG that a walker had descended a very dangerous cliff and not reappeared. CRT tasked, and carried out search, nothing found. Later walker seen ascending path - a research ornithologist. NCI No Yes 035541
39675 01/10/2021 NCI Prawle Point AWLB contacted NCI re. MOP on inflatable. Visual confirmed, no lifejacket. LB attended, and vessel returned to Harbour RNLI Yes Yes 035475
39680 01/10/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested visual on kite surfer possibly in distress. No distressed kite surfer seen, but one assisted to shore by two others. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39695 01/10/2021 NCI St Donat's Bay NCI reported to HMCG on 999 a wind surfer struggling to get ashore. Requested continued monitoring. HELO in area. No concern by others in area. Incident closed NFA NCI No Yes 035453
39635 28/09/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted by cruise ship re. possible missing wind surfer. NCI had been monitoring said wind surfer, and informed CG, but visual lost due to conditions. It was agreed a search should be initiated, Minutes later CG informed NCI casualty was safe and well and ashore. NCI No Yes 035225
39602 28/09/2021 NCI Prawle Point HMCG requested us to look for missing person. Nothing seen. MCA/HMCG No Yes None
39590 27/09/2021 NCI Exmouth NCI heard ILB tasked to incident at Buoy 17. Advised HMCG we had visual and maintaining observation. Casualtie recovered by ILB. NFA. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 035083
39610 27/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn HMCG requested visual on injure walker (dislocated knee). 2 x CRTs tasked to assist casualty. Casualty evacuated to ambulance after 2 hrs as weather deteriorated. MCA/HMCG No Yes 035100
40078 26/09/2021 NCI Point Lynas May Day concerning fishing vessel with engine problem. HMCG requested assistance. Engine restarted and continued fishing. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39586 26/09/2021 NCI Mablethorpe MoP concerned at FV proximity to beach. HMCG requested position details and assessment of risk of grounding. HMCG in contact with FV. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 034984
39588 26/09/2021 NCI Exmouth Yacht contacted NCI - entangled withg mooring buoy. Advised casualty to contact Harbourmaster on Ch12. HMCG advised. Later confirmed to HMCG that casualty now under way. NCI No Yes 034946
39589 26/09/2021 NCI Exmouth Yacht on Ch6f5 advised that local speedboat was adrift at channel mouth. HMCG informed, ILB launched and towed casualty back to marina. NCI Yes Yes 034981
39563 25/09/2021 NCI Chapel Point PWCs being recovered at unauthorised landing point. Police advised. NCI No No none
39551 24/09/2021 NCI Prawle Point MoP reported grey tender/dinghy awash on rocks below station. Not accessible by boat. Advised HMCG who will check. NCI No Yes 034672
39562 24/09/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Advised HMCG of disabled PWC. Swimmer en route to assist. PWC being towed to beach by motor launch, swimmer being attended to by paramedic. NFA NCI No Yes 034685
39543 23/09/2021 NCI Newhaven Kite surfer in water separated from board. Self-recovered to shore with kite sail. HMCG advised that board still in water - possible hazard. Surfer re-entered water and retrieved board, HMCG advised. NCI No Yes 034567
39536 23/09/2021 NCI Skegness HMCG requested possible visual on yacht in distress. Nothing sighted, stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034505
39526 22/09/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht aground, possibly taking on water. HMCG advised NCI have eyes on. Yacht managed to refloat. NCI monitored its progress until safely into Salcombe Harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034403
39705 22/09/2021 NCI Gosport HMCG requested visual from NCI of yacht with engine failure. Visual confirmed in misty conditions. ILB tasked and took casualty under tow to safety of harbour MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034355
39538 22/09/2021 NCI Needles FV reported engine failure. Advised HMCG we have eyes on. Lost sight of casualty in fog bank. NFA. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034358
39539 22/09/2021 NCI Needles HMCG requested visual search for aircraft in water (reported by MoP). Nothing found, nothing heard. Advised HMCG of low flying Boeing 737 Oil Dispersal Aircraft overflying area MCA/HMCG No Yes 034387
39550 20/09/2021 NCI Froward Point Overheard Ch16 PanPan but but callsign. Passing yacht assisting. Advised HMCG that we had visual and gave sea state & weather conditions. Stood down by HMCG when vessels reached harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034171
39490 19/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn 2 paddleboarders and children in kayaks being blown out to sea. HMCG informed. ALB and ILB tasked. HMCG reported all casualties safely ashore. All resources stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031341
39659 19/09/2021 NCI Nare Point Pilot boat observed, 4 POB, being rowed. HMCG requested NCI monitor. Speed boat took casualty in tow to safety. CG advised NCI No Yes n/a
39512 19/09/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Overheard mayday from capsized catamaran, crew in water. Advised HMCG of bearing/distance. ILB tasked to respond. ILB crewhelped right catamaran. ILB then took casualty under tow to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034043
39522 19/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on 6 children at risk attempting to cross estuary. RNLI tasked to assist and took children across. Met by CRT and safely reunited with parents. All resources stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 034048
39493 18/09/2021 NCI Newhaven MoP reported dog slipped over cliff. HMCG advised. CRT tasked to recover dog. Dog safely returned to owner and all units stood down. NCI No Yes 033842
39494 18/09/2021 NCI Newhaven Advised HMCG of paraglider in area where CG Helo attempting to land during ongoing incident. Asked to continue monitoring as glider flew clear of area. Helo safetyrecovered casualty to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033905
39497 18/09/2021 NCI Stone Point Rib reported engine failure to HMCG. NCI advised HMCG of position and description.Another vessel towed casualty into harbour. NCI monitored until visual lost. HMCG later confirmed rib safely docked. MCA/HMCG No Yes 033867
39513 18/09/2021 NCI Charmouth Advised HMCG of 4 MoP cut off by tide, but not in distress, and in no danger. This was done to pre-empt possibility of other MoPs calling it in as a possible emergency. NCI No Yes 033933
39479 16/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl FV requested assistance. NCI have visual contact, passed bearing/distance to HMCG. Second FV offered assistance and escorted casuatly in to beach. NCI No Yes 033628
39480 16/09/2021 NCI Penzance Reported to HMCG concerns about small open boat, apparently sinking. Third party vessel took one crew on board and secured casualty vessel. ALB attended and assisted with safe recovery. NCI Yes Yes 033611
39482 16/09/2021 NCI Nells Point Police seeking vulnerable femail asked if NCI could monitor shoreline. HMCG contacted NCI re same person. Police liaising with CRT. HMCG advised. No-one sighted, NCI stood down. Police No Yes 033622
39568 15/09/2021 NCI Portland Bill Person trapped on rocks with injured ankle. Taken off rocks and into Weymouth by ALB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes None


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