Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 7762
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.
48387 16/12/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed a large fridge floating in the sea. HMCG informed, and a local Navigation Warning was issued. NCI No Yes n/a
48383 14/12/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG called NCI re report of strange object floating in sea. Visual established it to be a buoy on its side. kayaker also checked. CG advised, NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 544739
48355 12/12/2023 NCI Gosport NCI heard May Day on Ch16, distressed male voice. HMCG informed, Pan Pan issued. Pan Pan for sailing vessel was due to a SART alert, but nothing was heard from May Day vessel, so all cancelled NCI No Yes 544880
48347 10/12/2023 NCI Exmouth NCI observed lone paddle boarder 1 mile offshore, against the tide. HMCG informed, and observation maintained until visual was lost. MOP also called CG. ILB tasked by CG. NCI Yes Yes 544440
48294 04/12/2023 NCI Worms Head MOP reported ordanance on causeway, to NCI. HMCG informed, but too late as causeway was closing. Next day, CG located object, which was the top of a WW2 mine, used as an anchor weight. NCI No Yes 543807
48293 03/12/2023 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed a yacht leaving river into rough, dangerous weather as darkness fell. HMCG informed of concern. Contact attempted on Ch 16 by CG, but none made. NCI extended watch to monitor vessel until, it reached safety of harbour. NFA NCI No Yes 543806
48280 03/12/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG asked NCI if they had seen a kayak, as MOP had reported kayak and towel on beach. NCI spotted kayak, MOP gave photos, CRT tasked. decided kayak had been washed up some time ago., Towel not connected, probably used to dry dog. CRT moved kayak to safe spot. MCA/HMCG No Yes 543780
48281 03/12/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing. IFCA informed. IFCA tracked vessel and decided it was legal, NCI thanked for vigilance. NCI No No n/a
48289 03/12/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called NCI from MOP concerned for fishing vessel broken down. NCI had visual on charter vessel, 6 POB, and confirmed all on board were still fishing and fine. MCA/HMCG No Yes 543804
48332 02/12/2023 NCI St Donat's Bay Police requested support from NCI re. report of bones by MOP. W/K searched reported location - negative, only driftwood. Police later shown photo by MOP of porpoise bones Police No No POL068
48250 30/11/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report of paddle boarder in difficulty. Search requested, casualty spotted, CG informed, of location. CRT also tasked, and took over situation. NCI stood down, , Later all reported to be well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 543504
48260 30/11/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG asked NCI for visual on possible MOP in the water. Search revealed several birds plus a black marker buoy in location. ILB tasked but found nothing else. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 543493
48259 29/11/2023 NCI Skegness MOP approached station and said she had been threatened by MOP with a knife. Police then asked NCI for CCTV footage of incident, which they then examined next day. Police No No n/a
48234 27/11/2023 NCI Mundesley NCI Cromer contacted NCI Mundesley re MOP reporting suspected mine. NCI contacted HMCG who tasked CRT to investigate - found upturned cooking pot MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 543103
48229 25/11/2023 NCI Hornsea NCI Hornsea contacted HMCG re severe weather damaged promenade - CG tasked CRT who were unable to effect repair NCI No Yes 543007
48209 24/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG Tasked NCI Prawle Point to make visual for Sloop last reported 23/11/23 - informed HMCG nothing found or had been logged MCA/HMCG No Yes 542908
48213 24/11/2023 NCI Needles HMCG contacted NCI Needles re Mayday from YBS aground - casualty not visible as too close to shore. AWLB tasked to recover and escort to harbour, . MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 542932
48215 24/11/2023 NCI Bass Point HMCG contacted NCI Bass Point requesting visual watch/ search for YBS last reported off Lizard. NCI contacted HMCG YBS matching description observed off Bass Point. CG reported that contact had been , made and stood NCI down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 542908
48205 23/11/2023 NCI Rame Head HMCG Counter Pollution Unit Contacted NCI Rame Head and tasked them to make visual search over a wreck off Rame Head. IFV found to be over wreck, NCI tel CG Counter Pollution with full details of, vessel. CG concerned about equipment on wreck. CG thanked NCI Rame Head for info MCA/HMCG No No 535341
48199 22/11/2023 NCI Nells Point MOP reported concern for 2 swimmers to HMCG. NCI requested to monitor. Both swimmers reached beach safely.CG informed, NFA. MCA/HMCG No Yes 542711
48201 22/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI Prwle Point observed trawler in area of forbidden fishing - nets clearly visible. Photo evidence sent to IFCA who will invetigate NCI No No N/A
48191 19/11/2023 NCI Calshot Tower NCI observed a wind surfer in difficulty, HMCG informed. casualties friend said they had contacted activity centre, who were arranging a RIB to assist. CG tasked ILB and CRT. Casualty then seen to be , ashore, CG informed. ILB contacted NCI for update. All assets stood down. NCI Yes Yes 542445
48159 15/11/2023 NCI Calshot Tower HMCG contacted NCI re. missing wind surfer, reported by MOP. CRT tasked, NCI carried out search and saw 1 windsurfer, with sail up, and nothing else. Informant contacted and said they had mistaken, the windsurfer for a jet ski lane marker buoy. Assets stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 542074
48174 14/11/2023 NCI Gorleston MOP informed NCI a teenager was sitting on bridge, feet on the river side. HMCG informed. CRT and ILB talked casualty back to safety, and casualty returned home. NFA MMO Yes Yes 541957
48152 14/11/2023 NCI Hornsea NCI observed 2 MOP + dog cut off by tide. HMCG informed, CRT tasked. CRT then spoke to another MOP who had seen 2 persons and dog getting into a car, covered in mud and soaking wet. NFA. NCI No Yes 541979
48154 14/11/2023 NCI Gorleston HMCG informed NCI a swimmer had been reported to be going out to sea beyond breakwater. Pilot vessel tasked to search, NCI did not have visual. Other vessel asked to search, ILB tasked. Nothing seen., All assets stood down, and assumed object could have been a seal. UK Border Force Yes Yes 541951
48120 12/11/2023 NCI Charmouth HMCG issued MayDay re. capsized boat. CG asked NCI for weather conditions and visual on vessel - negative. ILB tasked, and recovered 2 casualties. All well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 541749
48127 12/11/2023 NCI Stone Point Yacht ran aground close to lookout, HMCG advised NCI had visual. 2 local LBs attended, and set a Kedge anchor, to await rise in tide. LBs departed, leaving casualty vessel to wait for tide. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 541767
48118 11/11/2023 NCI Bembridge MayDay from motor cruiser, fire onboard. NCI informed HMCG they had visual, with smoke visible. ILB tasked, casualties in tender. AWLB and HELO tasked. 2 casualties taken aboard AWLB, , tender towed back to harbour by ILB. HMCG advised all vessels to avoid burning vessel, which later sank. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 541444
48124 11/11/2023 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea MOP informed NCI that someone with a dog was cut off by tide. HMCG informed, NCI reassured casualty help was on the way. ILB tasked, and recovered casualty and dog to shore, all safe. NCI Yes Yes 541608
48129 11/11/2023 NCI Southend NCI observed 2 kite surfers in difficulty. HMCG informed. Casualties drifting towards shipping channel. CRT tasked, and position confirmed by NCI. ILB tasked, HELO also in attendance. ILB recovered, casualties to shore, having been conned onto casualties by NCI. NCI Yes Yes 541548
48134 11/11/2023 NCI Exmouth NCI observed a fishing vessel adrift, no-one aboard. HMCG informed. CRT tasked, and harbour master arranged to recover vessel. Vessel recovered, with 1 on board. MMO No Yes 541437
48135 11/11/2023 NCI Exmouth MOP/Motor vessel reported a ship alarm on Ch14. NCI informed HMCG, who had no knowledge. MOP further advised NCI of ship alarm number, CG informed. CG advised number shore based. NFA NCI No Yes n/a
48141 11/11/2023 NCI Folkestone MOP reported to NCI an empty dinghy just off shore. HMCG informed, NCI had visual.. UKBF tasked to recover craft, and took it under tow to port. NCI No Yes 541723
48110 10/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point Yacht issued Pan Pan with engine failure, south of lookout. Able to make way slowly. HMCG informed that NCI had visual. Casualty monitored by NCI until safely in harbour. NCI No Yes 541365
48116 10/11/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. report from MOP of abandoned mobility scooter on beach. Scan search carried out - negative. CRT tasked but no sighting. Owner and scooter found safe inland. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 541363
48106 09/11/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed a squall approaching, and 6 windsurfers heading for shore. One W/S off board and swimming, separated from board. HMCG informed. Casualty was helped ashore by colleagues but kit missing. , CRT tasked and helped recover kit safely. All well. NCI No Yes 541300
48074 08/11/2023 NCI Canvey Island HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of a possible swimmer in difficulty. Search requested, but nothing seen, ILB and CRT tasked. No casualty found, probably mistaken for a buoy. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 541186
48089 08/11/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed MOP in dangerous position on pier. Casualty warned by loudhailer, came back to lookout, and given tour of station. One hour later same person seen on pier, and W/K escorted him off pier. , Casualty left area, HMCG informed, and advised inform Police with details. Casualty then seen again on marina, CRT and Police attended and escorted casualty away. Casualty had expressed wish to , end his life, and refused help. NCI No Yes POL581
48062 07/11/2023 NCI Mablethorpe MOP asked NCI for AED after a 999 call at chalet park. Device was handed over but returned unused as ambulance had just arrived. NCI No No n/a


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