Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5188
Alternatively select a specific year to see how many Incidents were reported for that Year.
Glossary of Terms
FAWGI = False Alarm With Good Intent, MoP = Member of the Public, NFA = No Further Action, HMCG, CG or MCA = Coastguard,
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.
35594 18/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that yacht with rope entanglement was visual. Monitored and updated when lifeboatmen cleared her rudder. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026038
35587 17/08/2020 NCI Exmouth CG requested visual search for dog missing in sea. No sighting but target later found safe ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 025900
35588 17/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Provided accurate position to CG of yacht with rudder/sail problem plus other craft in area. AWLB assisted in freeing sail. . MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025917
35765 16/08/2020 NCI Needles CG requested monitoring of recovery of drifting FV by ALB. CRT, Police and ambulance attended. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025709
35857 16/08/2020 NCI Needles Assisted CG with radio comms to disabled motor cruiser. Monitored and updated its recovery by Lymington ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025739
35572 16/08/2020 NCI Rame Head Reported to CG that disabled yacht was visual. Monitored and updated when she was towed in by Marina workboat. MCA/HMCG No Yes 025733
35604 16/08/2020 NCI St Alban's Head Reported RIB with engine problems to CG. Monitored and updated when it was towed in by passing vessel. NCI No Yes 025656
35558 15/08/2020 NCI Portscatho Reported open unmanned boat to CG. ILB launched. Owner found ashore. nfa NCI Yes Yes 025481
35562 15/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested visual search for lady reported as fallen on rocks. Target sighted, camera link made and position passed for CRT, helo and ILB to attend to recover to ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025484
35564 15/08/2020 NCI Stone Point Reported to CG as visual on grounded yacht. CG confirmed they were in contact with target which was awaiting flood tide. NCI Station cleared to close down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 25458
35591 15/08/2020 NCI Felixstowe Reported to CG a small possibly overloaded raft offshore. Target monitored and updated when it made shore safely. NCI No Yes 25408
35551 14/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested any sighting of paddle boarder reportedly in trouble. Target sighted and updated when he made the beach. Lifeguards alerted and updated when he made it to shore. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025240
35563 14/08/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Monitored and updated CG on recovery of child drifting in inflatable ring by mother. ILB paged but stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 25278
35545 13/08/2020 NCI Fleetwood Reported concern over children potentially tidebound to CG. Updated when they managed to wade ashore. CRT stood down. NCI No Yes 25085
35683 13/08/2020 NCI Folkestone Relayed MoP report of dinghy in possible trouble to CG. Target sighted and monitored. Updated when he managed to reach shore safely. nfa NCI No Yes 025125
35541 13/08/2020 NCI Mundesley Relayed to CG MoP report of youths climbing unstable cliff face. CRT attended, youths had left with no casualties. Cliff fall confirmed. NCI No Yes 025069
35543 13/08/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed call to CG from yacht snagged on lobster line. Passing vessel assisted. nfa NCI No Yes 025114
35516 12/08/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested visual monitoring of disabled RIB. Target identified and CG updated when it was towed in by another one. MCA/HMCG No Yes 024834
35527 12/08/2020 NCI Newhaven Police requested any sighting of missing person. No sighting. Target later reported in contact with mother. nfa Police No Yes 024951
35524 12/08/2020 NCI Calshot Tower CG CRT requested search for yacht operating in odd manner. No sighting. Target later found aground by police. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 024780
35535 12/08/2020 NCI Teignmouth CG informed of five children swimming in strong tide in shipping channel. CG updated later that targets were recovered to shore by a paddle boarder. NCI No Yes 024846
35645 12/08/2020 NCI Nare Point Reported to CG observation of racing yacht hitting a rock. Monitored and updated when it freed itself and proceeded for slipping inspection. NCI No Yes n/n
35508 11/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Relayed call from kayak concerning disabled FV without radio to CG. NCI No Yes 024617
35509 11/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported suspicious persons landing to CG. NCI No Yes 024627
35491 09/08/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Reported grounded yacht to CG. Monitored and updated when Solent Rescue attended to tow clear without damage. NCI No Yes 023915
35495 09/08/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed MoP report to CG of PWCs and RIBs operating dangerously near beach. NFA as CG had been overwhelmed with similar reports. NCI No Yes n/n
35499 09/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested camera search for missing child. No sighting on camera. Mother later reported child found safe and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 024241
35466 09/08/2020 NCI Fleetwood CG requested search for family reportedly cut off by tide. Targets eventually seen wading ashore. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 024031
35476 09/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Co-ordinated with CG and LB to recover disabled yacht. LB attended to tow in. NCI Yes Yes 024039
35477 09/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head LB requested monitoring of disabled dory until iit was clear to attend. Updated when LB towed it in. RNLI Yes Yes n/n
35478 09/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head In contact with CG while monitoring recovery of drifting dinghy by LB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 024159
35481 09/08/2020 NCI Polruan CG requested monitoring of recovery of washed ashore kayak. Search completed but no sighting of any casualty. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
35759 09/08/2020 NCI Folkestone Worked with CG and Folkestone Rescue to recover drifting unmanned inflatable. NCI No Yes n/n
35459 08/08/2020 NCI Torbay Reported to CG that vessel taking in water was visual. Monitored and updated when AWLB towed her in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 23783
35960 08/08/2020 NCI Lyme Bay Reported concern over kayakers to CG. Monitored and updated when seen to be safe. NCI No Yes 023538
35450 08/08/2020 NCI Worms Head Reported to CG two MoPs tidebound on Island. CRT and ILB attended to bring potential casualties ashore. NCI Yes Yes 023797
35489 08/08/2020 NCI Rhoscolyn Reported to CG injured elderly male on beach. CRT, helo and paramedics attended and casualty transferred to ambulance by stretcher for casevac as road illegally blocked. NCI No Yes 23574
36121 07/08/2020 NCI Gosport Reported disabled vessels to CG. Directed police RIBs to casualties to be towed in. NCI No Yes 023213
35504 07/08/2020 NCI Holehaven Informed police of youths creating anti-social disturbance. Police attended to speak to them but behaviour continued. NCI No No n/n
35438 07/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested visual search for swimmers being swept out. Area scanned in hazy weather but no sighting. They were later reported safe. MCA/HMCG No Yes 023290


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