Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 7597
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.
47268 01/09/2023 NCI Filey NCI observed 4 MOP cut off by tide. HMCG informed, ILB tasked, and recovered casualties - all safe. NCI Yes Yes 532456
47270 01/09/2023 NCI Nells Point NCI observed 2 MOP cut off by tide. HMCG informed. NCI closing, CG updated, casualties not in danger, assumed they would wait for tide. NCI No Yes n/a
47290 01/09/2023 NCI Exmouth NCI observed a small FV with smoke coming from stern. Making slow progress. LGs advised and attended on jetski, vessel escorted to marina. NCI No Yes n/a
47242 31/08/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI heard call from fishing vessel - engine failure. HMCG informed NCI had visual. ILB tasked, and pulled casualty off the beach and towed back to quay. All well, CG informed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 532297
47280 31/08/2023 NCI Needles Yacht reported engine failure to HMCG. NCI informed CG they had visual, and informed of vessels in area. General request for assistance, second yacht responded, and undertook tow., AWLB tasked, and took over tow, sea start in attendance. casualty taken to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 532314
47215 30/08/2023 NCI Hornsea NCI observed a broken down jetski with 3 POB. HMCG tasked Local ILB, which recovered casualties. NCI Yes Yes 532137
47211 29/08/2023 NCI Stone Point NCI observed kite surfer in difficulty, unable to get back on board and drifting. HMCG informed, local rescue LB attended and recovered casualty to beach, all well. NCI Yes Yes 532041
47332 29/08/2023 NCI Porthdinllaen NCI observed a kayak capsized, person unable to get back on. Second kayaker tried to help. HMCG informed, AWLB tasked. Casualty recovered, and taken to hospital by ambulance. NCI Yes Yes 532008
47263 28/08/2023 NCI Needles May Day from power boat - taking on water and in danger o sinking. 6 POB, only 2 lifejackets. HMCG tasked ILB. NCI walked to obtain visual. Second vessel evacuate crew, then ILB put pump aboard., ILB took casualty under tow to safety. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 531797
47184 28/08/2023 NCI Nells Point NCI monitored call re. missing vulnerable person. CRT tasked, HMCG gave NCI description. Search carried out. MISPER found later safe and well. Assets stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 531819
47185 28/08/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP reported to NCI a swimmer entered water and 3 hours later clothes were still on beach. HMCG informed. Possessions taken to LO. W/K did search, and swimmer seen, with float, to come ashore., CRT attended, possessions returned, all well. NCI No Yes 531804
47187 28/08/2023 NCI Portscatho NCI observed 2 youngsters on Paddle Board, no lifejackets, struggling to make headway. HMCG informed, ILB tasked, but casualties out of sight and could not be found. Assumed to be ashore and safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 531854
47205 28/08/2023 NCI Rame Head Distorted MayDay heard on Ch16 from vessel reported to be near Rame Head. NCI looked for vessel in distress - negative. HMCG informed. CG attempted to contact vessel, and asked to call 999, but , neither request was answered. Incident downgraded to Pan Pan, W/K walked to look along shore - nothing seen, CG informed. Police boat later located vessel, and all was well - believed an error. MCA/HMCG No Yes 531860
47166 27/08/2023 NCI Worms Head NCI informed HMCG of MsOP potentially cut off by tide. 8 waded back, and 2 spotted on island. ILB and CRT tasked. Casualties waded in waist deep water, NCI advised them to turn back, but ignored., casualties managed to cross, met by CRT and advised, LB stood down. NCI Yes Yes 531555
47167 27/08/2023 NCI Newhaven NCI were called re. jetski broken down and on rocks. HMCG informed, NCI had visual. ILB and CRT tasked, casualty recovered to LB and met by CRT. Jetski to be recovered by owner. NCI Yes Yes 531583
478175 27/08/2023 NCI Wooltack Point Yacht reported a damaged sail, unable to raise it. NCI informed HMCG they had visual.NCI monitored situation until vessel reached its destination. MCA/HMCG No Yes 531529
47176 27/08/2023 NCI Whitstable MOP reported a man collapsed on beach, ambulance called. W/K stayed with casualty gave ambulance access. CRT tasked. Ambulance took casualty to hospital. MMO No Yes 531557
47177 27/08/2023 NCI Wooltack Point HMCG requested NCI look for overdue yacht. Nothing seen, and nothing else heard. MCA/HMCG No Yes 531566
47182 27/08/2023 NCI Exmouth Pan Pan from speed boat with engine failure, acknowledged by HMCG. Nearby RIB offered assistance. NCI had visual, CG informed. RIB towed casualty to harbour, NCI monitored situation. MCA/HMCG No Yes 531598
47469 27/08/2023 NCI Bembridge NCI informed HMCG a RIB, 8 POB, had run aground on ledge. NCI requested to monitor. 2 persons tried to reflect RIB from water - unsuccessful. ILB tasked ,and transferred casualties to LB station., NCI informed CG that rising tide had almost refloated RIB but crew not returned. Station closed, RIB was afloat but no-one had returned. NCI Yes Yes 531560
47161 26/08/2023 NCI Nells Point HMCG called NCI re. yacht aground on causeway. NCI established visual, 5 POB, asked to monitor. Crew signalled emergency. Nearby vessel stood by. May Day then issued, ILB tasked. AWLB and CRT, also tasked. CG decided to evacuate casualties when causeway uncovered, so LBs stood down. casualties evacuated on foot later, and waiting to refloat vessel on tide, but damage possible. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 531422
47174 26/08/2023 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed a yacht aground, 2 POB + Dog. HMCG informed. 2 vessels attended, one local LB and a fishing vessel. LB was damaged, but FV pulled casualty into deep water. Yacht motored up river. NCI Yes Yes 531395
47267 26/08/2023 NCI Needles HMCG issued Pan Pan re, capsized dinghy. NCI informed they had seen 4 dinghies - now out of view. AWLB put on standby, then stood down. CRT attended, reported nothing, Pan Pan cancelled. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 531376
47197 26/08/2023 NCI Shoreham NCI called HMCG re. possibly abandoned yacht at anchor. ILB tasked to investigate, and make sure nobody aboard. Owner contacted, who confirmed it was to remain until a mechanical problem resolved NCI Yes Yes 531206
47156 26/08/2023 NCI Calshot Tower NCI observed a yacht, 1 POB, in distress. HMCG informed, ILB tasked, and was conned on by NCI. casualty taken under tow and transferred to second LB for tow to harbour, and safety. MMO Yes Yes 531380
47212 25/08/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG requested NCI look for yacht which MOP had reported to been difficulty. NCI identified vessel, informed CG. Vessel entered harbour safely, 2 POB, CG informed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 531266
47157 24/08/2023 NCI Porthcawl Police called NCI re. report of body at bottom of cliff. HMCG informed, CRT and ILB tasked, NCI monitored. Body was recovered by Police and CG, NCI forwarded CCTV recording. Police Yes Yes POL843
47150 24/08/2023 NCI Nells Point NCI expressed concern for inflatable dinghy with O/B, 4 POB, no lifejackets. HMCG informed, NCI asked to monitor. NCI expressed further concern, ILB tasked and escorted vessel back to harbour., Vessel had suffered engine problem. NCI Yes Yes 531136
47108 22/08/2023 NCI Skegness NCI observed an inflatable drifting out to sea. No person visible. Item collected by passing vessel, HMCG informed. NCI No Yes 530681
47110 22/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point Yacht called HMCG with engine failure. NCI advised they had visual, and advised re. nearby vessels. Motor cruiser towed casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
47120 22/08/2023 NCI Charmouth HMCG called NCI re. report of lost child. Search requested. Beach search undertaken, then it was reported child had been reunited with parents. CG informed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 530642
47756 22/08/2023 NCI Exmouth HMCG contacted NCI Exmouth after MOP reported swimmer in difficulty. No visual of casualty-RNLI launched jet ski - no casualty sighted- all stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530736
47124 22/08/2023 NCI Canvey Island NCI were called by HMCG re. report of MOP in dangerous place. Search carried out, and no danger was apparent as high tide was some time away. Assets stood down, all reached safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes
47134 22/08/2023 NCI Mablethorpe NCI observed inflatable, 2 POB, 100 mars out to sea. LGs contacted, and HMCG. ILB and CRT tasked. NCI and CRT conned ILB onto casualty, which was found to be tethered. ILB returned, all well. NCI Yes Yes 530679
47139 22/08/2023 NCI Swanage HMCG asked NCI for visual on paddle boarder in difficulty, following 999 call from MOP. Visual established, PB was near 2 kayakers and RIB. NCI asked to monitor and Pan Pan issued asking vessels , to check. RIB contacted CG to sat they thought second PB was the problem. ILB tasked to check PBs who said they were fine. Then kayakers caused concern, so ILB checked them, one of whom , asked for help, and was recovered. Eventually all returned to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530698
47125 21/08/2023 NCI Portland Bill Vessel called NCI re. engine failure. HMCG informed. AWLB tasked and casualty was towed by local vessel. NCI Yes Yes 530430
47145 21/08/2023 NCI Hornsea NCI observed an unmanned inflatable drifting out to sea. HMCG informed. Object later lost to vision from NCI - last known position given to CG. NCI No Yes 530483
47147 21/08/2023 NCI Gosport May Day issued on Ch16, vessel capsized. HMCG requested visual from NCI - affirmative. Second vessel proceeded to casualty, reported persons in water. All casualties reported out of water, ILBand AWLB, tasked. All four casualties recovered safely and capsized vessel recovered. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530506
47093 21/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point Pan Pan issued from angling charter with engine failure. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. NCI asked to monitor. Second FV went to assistance and tow casualty into safety of harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 530472
47101 20/08/2023 NCI Charmouth Lost child was reported to NCI, Police and CRT present. HMCG informed, already aware. NCI carried out search. Child then seen in company of Police and CRT. All well. NCI No Yes 530211


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