Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5413
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, 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.
36988 04/01/2021 NCI Mablethorpe Reported to CG large debris on beach. CRT attended and found two drums lashed together. ELDC requested to remove them. NCI No Yes 0233
36958 02/01/2021 NCI Porthcawl Reported to CG sighting of two MoP apparently cut off by rising tide trying to climb back. Two ILB and CRT attended until all (fishermen) safely on land.. NCI Yes Yes 0110
36959 02/01/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported to CG small boat aground on falling tide. ILB launched and directed to casualties to bring it back safely to shore. NCI Yes Yes 0108
36978 02/01/2021 NCI Hornsea Reported concern over lone fisherman at risk from rising tide and darkness. CRT and LB deployed but no sighting. Assumed to have left beach safely nfa NCI Yes Yes 0109
36989 02/01/2021 NCI Exmouth Reported to CG large flotsam as danger to shipping. CG issued navigation warning. NCI No Yes 86
36940 31/12/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported to CG a large tree trunk adrift in channel as a hazard to shipping. Monitored but NFA taken. NCI No Yes 40650
36945 31/12/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested any visual on disabled PWC. Target sighted and monitored until towed in by local craft. MCA/HMCG No Yes 40558
36946 31/12/2020 NCI Newhaven Remained on watch having overheard MV reporting to CG as out of fuel close to ferry terminal. Monitored casualty until towed in by AWLB then stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 40661
36924 30/12/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head VHF call re grounded yacht.Advised HMCG who had received calls. Casualty told HMCG they'd wait for high tide. NCI requested to keep eyes on. Next day HMCG addvised that casualty refloated safely. NCI No Yes 040560
36898 29/12/2020 NCI Teignmouth Advised CG of considerable marine debris post Storm Bella as danger to shipping. CRT attended to monitor. nfa NCI No Yes 40401
36892 28/12/2020 NCI Great Orme Reported large marine debris to CG. Monitored until it grounded on sandbank. nfa NCI No Yes 40416
36893 28/12/2020 NCI Great Orme Sighted walker on sandbank in deteriorating weather. Alerted by siren and monitored until off beach. nfa NCI No Yes 40434
36900 28/12/2020 NCI Torbay Received report of kite surfer reportedly 'in difficulty'. Target not sighted. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 40422
36899 28/12/2020 NCI Torbay Received report of two MoP on cliffs in poor weather. Targets not visible from Station. nfa NCI No Yes 40420
36879 26/12/2020 NCI Exmouth Report of 'hazard to shipping' passed to CG and Harbourmaster. Latter arranged its removal. NCI No Yes 40256
36870 24/12/2020 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Monitored and reported downed windsurfer. Updated as another windsurfer assisted recovery. ILB also attended but medical help refused. NCI Yes Yes n/k
36868 24/12/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed to CG report of downed kitesurfer. ILB attended and casualty recovered safely to shore. NCI Yes Yes 40145
36867 24/12/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed to CG report of dog in trouble in sea. CRT and surf rescue team attended to recover safely to land. NCI No Yes n/k
36882 24/12/2020 NCI Penzance CG requested any visual on downed paddle boarder. Casualty sighted and reported to CG. LB attended to recover him safely to shore. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 40132
36844 19/12/2020 NCI Exmouth CG requested any sighting of swimmer reported missing. No sighting obtained. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 39829
36838 19/12/2020 NCI Porthcawl Assisted with recovery of lady in cliff fall by CRT and ambulance. NCI No Yes 39824
36819 17/12/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested any sighting of surfer reported by MoP as 'in difficulty'. Target sighted and reported to CG as in no trouble FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 39665
36820 16/12/2020 NCI Shoreham Relayed MoP report of drifting upturned hull to harbour authority and CG. Monitored target until it was recovered to shore. NCI No Yes n/k
36866 15/12/2020 NCI Exmouth CG requested any sighting of sailing boat reportedly 'in trouble'. No sighting achieved. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 39542
36811 15/12/2020 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested visual on vessel following report of boat in trouble. Nothing seen. NFAR. MCA/HMCG No Yes 039542
36813 15/12/2020 NCI Porthcawl HMCG advised lady fallen and requiring medevac. Casualty identified close to waterline. CRT tasked and on scene to move casualty further up beach in CG vehicle to await ambulance. . MCA/HMCG No Yes 039539
36807 15/12/2020 NCI Felixstowe PanPan heard from yacht aground on River Deben Bar. HMCG requested NCI to keep under observation while local FV towed yacht from bar. Yacht safely made way upriver towards marina. MCA/HMCG No Yes 039515
36810 14/12/2020 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested visual search for missing kite board. Nothing seen, no casualties. HMCG advised. NFAR. MCA/HMCG No Yes 039441
36803 13/12/2020 NCI Fleetwood HMCG requested visual on person in water. No sighting, but agreed to remain on watch. CRT/ILB searching shoreline. No sighting, visibility poor, stood down by HMCG MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 039405
36788 12/12/2020 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent Relayed MoP report of capsized yacht to CG. Casualty not visible due to sun glare. LB attended, nearby craft had provided assistance. No casualties. nfa NCI Yes Yes 39327
36762 09/12/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported grounded catamaran to CG. Monitored its safety un til refloated on tide. NCI No Yes 39140
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


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