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.
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
42044 29/05/2022 NCI Porthcawl Police requested assistance in search for missing vulnerable person. Camera and visual search carried out of whole area, updated HMCG. Nothing seen, Casualty found safe and well inland. Police No Yes POL
42029 29/05/2022 NCI Exmouth Dive RIB reported to NCI a large log in water. HMCG informed, who requested update if seen. Nothing seen from lookout. NCI No Yes n/a
42033 29/05/2022 NCI Fleetwood HMCG called NCI re. yacht broken down. No visual, but CG advised by NCI a tug was passing through reported area. NCI then had visual contact, sloop in attendance, CG informed. , Sloop agreed with CG to tow casualty to IOM for repairs. MCA/HMCG No Yes 014047
42054 28/05/2022 NCI St Donat's Bay NCI observed 2 MOP stranded between cliffs and incoming tide. Unable to climb out. ILB tasked, then NCI observed casualties had self rescued by climbing unstable cliffs NCI Yes Yes 013916
42065 28/05/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI saying MOP had witnessed an argument, and one participant had swum out to sea. NCI conducted search but nothing seen. CG then informed NCI the swimmer had , returned to shore, Police informed. Station closed down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013958
42024 28/05/2022 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. 2 paddle boards, each with 2 POB, following call from MOP. Visual established, SUP observed, but no sign of distress, and not in danger. NCI monitored until safely ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013941
42026 28/05/2022 NCI Felixstowe MOP called NCI to report a member of their party had fallen and injured leg. W/K investigated, NCI called ambulance, as possible fracture. NCI offered assistance until ambulance arrived., Casualty stretchered to ambulance and taken to hospital. NCI No Yes n/a
42032 28/05/2022 NCI Nells Point Lifeguards called NCI re. drifting inflatable. NCI confirmed visual, 1POB plus dog. HMCG informed, NCI continued to monitor. W/K walked to maintain visual. ILB tasked, contacted casualty, ensured it , reached shore safely. CRT then gave safety advice. NCI Yes Yes 013946
42053 27/05/2022 NCI St Donat's Bay NCI called HMCG to report 2 red flashing lights, in vicinity of last known position of single man kayak.CG requested NCI monitor situation. Lights visible for 1 hour. CRT tasked, nothing found. , NFA NCI No Yes 013797
42003 27/05/2022 NCI Worms Head MOP observed heading to Head, siren deployed, no response, causeway closing. HMCG informed, NCI asked to monitor. CRT and ILB tasked, located casualty and took to safety. , Fisherman also on island, but happy to stay until tide falls. NCI Yes Yes 013782
42004 27/05/2022 NCI Rame Head Small fishing vessel suffered engine failure. Nearby vessel offered tow. HMCG asked NCI to monitor after W/K confirmed visual. CG told tow under way, and went out of sight of NCI. Pan Pan cancelled. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013784
42025 27/05/2022 NCI Felixstowe HMCG requested visual on vessel after MOP reported concern. RIB with 3 POB observed close to beach by W/K after walking to investigate. Vessel was fishing, not in danger. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013754
41988 26/05/2022 NCI Gosport NCI observed French flagged vessel with 5 POB enter harbour, berth briefly, and leave with 2 POB visible. QHM informed, who asked UKBF to be informed, which was done through HMCG., UKBF cutter was close by, CG informed NCI No Yes n/a
42020 26/05/2022 NCI Gorleston Vessel informed NCI of engine failure, and drifting. HMCG informed. 4 POB. ILB tasked, took casualty under tow to safety in marina. MMO Yes Yes 013708
41985 25/05/2022 NCI Brancaster Motor Cruiser lost power offshore from station. HMCG tasked, NCI monitored situation, 1 POB ill with seasickness. ILB took vessel under tow back to safety of harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013606
41896 25/05/2022 NCI Gosport Pan Pan from unknown station - vessel taking on water. HMCG asked NCI if they had visual - negative. Pan Pan upgraded to May Day, full search with ILBx2 and HELO. Nothing further heard., After 1.5 hours, nothing found, assets stood down and search suspended. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013585
41989 25/05/2022 NCI Calshot Tower Local patrol advised HMCG a yacht was aground. CG unable to establish comms. NCI had visual, and gave CG position. ILB tasked, but casualty broke free, LB stood down. Vessel then went aground again, Pan Pan issued. LB redeployed. NCI observed casualty to be free again, and being escorted by LB, 2 POB. Vessel inspected for damage on the water. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013605
41970 24/05/2022 NCI Nells Point HMCG contacted 2 commercial vessels following report of oil pollution.. NCI asked to monitor, and report any discharges. Large slick identified, reported to CG., Pilot boat asked to look out for slick, but thought to have broken up in weather conditions. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013513
41978 24/05/2022 NCI Needles Pan Pan from motor cruiser with engine failure. NCI informed HMCG they had visual, which was drifting. NCI expressed concern for vessel, AWLB tasked and took casualty under tow to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013471
41960 24/05/2022 NCI Brancaster NCI observed kite surfer who appeared to be in trouble. After several minutes, HMCG informed. After a further 4 minutes, casualty not back on board, so CG informed. ILB and CRT tasked., 2 minutes later, casualty got back on board, and returned safely to shore. CG informed, assets stood down. NCI Yes Yes 013489
41967 24/05/2022 NCI Newhaven HMCG phoned NCI re. windsurfer possibly in trouble. NCI had visual, lying on board. AWLB and CRT tasked, however casualty then seen back on board, assists stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013496
41953 23/05/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI overheard HMCG calling fishing vessel, with no response. NCI advise CG they haver visual on vessel, which is towing a speedboat towards harbour. Vessel monitored until reach harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013401
41962 23/05/2022 NCI Porthcawl HMCG paged LB and CRT re. MOP threatening self harm near waters edge. CG asked NCI for visual, but nothing seen. CG informed NCI casualty was with Police, and safe. Assets stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013440
41957 22/05/2022 NCI Exmouth MOP reported to NCI a jet ski in difficulty, tangled on a rope in river. Tried to contact Harbour Master, but unable to. Informed HMCG, then Harbour Master called to say he would send help. CG updated, ILB launched and Harbour Master took casualty ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013276
41959 22/05/2022 NCI Torbay NCI observed lone swimmer in danger from fast moving vessels, causing them to alter course. Harbour Master informed, all craft advised of situation. NCI monitored swimmer to 1 mile offshore., Swimmer then returned to safety of beach. NCI No Yes n/a
41968 22/05/2022 NCI Calshot Tower HMCG called local LB re. catamaran capsized. NCI had visual and advised CG other vessels in attendance. LB and navy launch on scene, towed casualty to shore, CRT secured vessel., casualty brought to NCI for hot drink and await ambulance. Casualty taken to hospital by ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013277
42187 21/05/2022 NCI Nare Point Power boat crew reported engine failure and smoke in engine bay. HMCG informed that NCI had visual. 3 POB. RIB attended, then left, LB tasked. RIB returned, took crew off, and towed casualty to safety, LB cancelled. NCI Yes Yes 013060
42120 21/05/2022 NCI St Alban's Head HMCG called NCI re. yacht out of fuel and no wind. Position given to NCI was incorrect. Swanage NCI contacted for visual, and AWLB tasked, and gave advice to vessel. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013054
41941 21/05/2022 NCI Nells Point NCI observed a large tree floating in channel, possible hazard to small craft. HMCG informed. CG issued Securite warning. Same object observed next day, CG alerted again, and may need to be removed. NCI No Yes 013073
41927 20/05/2022 NCI Prawle Point Yacht issued Pan Pan as lost engine and dragging anchor. NCI had visual. Second yacht in vicinity passed line and towed casualty to harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 012984
41931 20/05/2022 NCI Nells Point HMCG called NCI re. Police report of person in the water near slip. Visual scan revealed 2 MOP on beach. ILB tasked. Later report of one person in Police custody. ILB stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 012980
41913 19/05/2022 NCI Teignmouth HMCG contacted NCI re. report of 2 paddle boarders in difficulty. Asked to monitor. NCI reported to CG 2 persons with broken paddle board seen on rocks, and climbing up. LB on standby, but casualties , self rescued. Second board not seen. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 012821
41932 19/05/2022 NCI Porthcawl Police asked NCI if they had seen vulnerable person reportedly seen on rocks. Visual scan carried out, nothing seen. NCI established CCTV link to HMCG. Casualty located on rocks, drinking and low., Police officers assisted casualty to safety, CG given update. Police No Yes 012807
41906 17/05/2022 NCI Calshot Tower NCI observed 2 paddle boarders in difficulty. HMCG informed. 1 casualty waved for help. LB tasked, recovered casualty and returned them to safety of beach. NCI Yes Yes 012594
41907 17/05/2022 NCI Hornsea Report to NCI a vulnerable adult was missing. HMCG informed, CRT tasked. Police and CRT began search, NCI continued to keep look out. Casualty returned of own accord to care home, safe and well. NCI No Yes 012605
41908 17/05/2022 NCI Canvey Island HMCG requested NCI to look out for man in rowing boat heading towards estuary, as reported by MOP. One boat seen, not same description, but suspected to be person reported. No danger, NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
42118 17/05/2022 NCI St Alban's Head HMCG phoned NCI re. vessel engine failure. Visual established, and monitored by NCI. Eventually casualty passed out of area of NCI. AWLB tasked to tow casualty to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 012597
41925 15/05/2022 NCI St Agnes Head MOP reported to NCI 2 kayaks struggling in strong winds, one possibly capsized. Not visible from station. HMCG informed, ILB tasked, but nothing found. NFA. MMO Yes Yes 012282


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