Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5802
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.
38676 17/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI offered to assist HMCG in search for missing child. Search using cameras located potential match, CRT informed. Casualty reunited with family, safe and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 022376
38644 16/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested assistance for fishing vessel broken down. NCI located vessel, but poor visibility. AWLB tasked. NCI maintained visual. Vessel towed back to harbour by LB MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 021920
38645 16/07/2021 NCI Charmouth MOP reported to NCI daughter missing, and upset. Alerted HMCG, and CRT. MOP located child, and reunited with mother. All safe. NCI No Yes 021928
38638 16/07/2021 NCI Torbay MOP reported to NCI swimmers possibly in difficulty. Reported to HMCG, but NCI did not have visual. After several calls, HMCG decided no action was needed. NCI No Yes 021811
38639 16/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl Yacht reported to NCI swimmer caught in Rip and clinging to wall. NCI had visual, reported to HMCG, and continued to monitor. Casualty managed to get out of Rip to safety NCI No Yes 021883
38633 15/07/2021 NCI Nells Point Vessel called HMCG reporting engine problem. Call for other vessels to assist negative, ILB tasked. NCI requested to monitor while escorted to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 021715
38637 15/07/2021 NCI Exmouth Youths observed by NCI tombstoning. Reported, on HMCG advice, to Police and Lifeguards. Youths departed. NCI No Yes Pol834
38658 14/07/2021 NCI Felixstowe Yacht observed by NCI on wrong side of channel. HMCG informed when vessel grounded. CRT tasked. Refloated on rising tide, and continued on different course. NCI No Yes 021526
38631 14/07/2021 NCI Nells Point Several people on island after causeway closed. 7 waded to safety, 2 left behind. NCI monitored and reported to HMCG. ILB picked up 2, and another ILB picked up 2 more later. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 021462
38612 12/07/2021 NCI Newhaven NCI received message on Ch65, RIB sinking, no power. HMCG informed, LB tasked. RIB rescued by vessel and escorted to safety NCI Yes Yes 021079
38618 12/07/2021 NCI Worms Head HMCG asked NCI about possible missing persons and abandoned tent on island. CRT decided to leave tent, and interviewed returning fishermen. MCA/HMCG No Yes 021287
38601 11/07/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG requested NCI to look out for floating lifejacket. LBs tasked to search. Not known if body attached. Nothing found. Incident suspended. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 021043
38602 11/07/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG requested assistance for broken down vessel. NCI had visual as casualty toed to safety by motorboat. MCA/HMCG No Yes 021104
38591 10/07/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head Mayday heard, HMCG requested visual and weather report. 2nd yacht assisting. 3rd yacht on scene. yachts escorted casualty to Poole harbour and towed her to mooring. MCA/HMCG No Yes 020894
38592 10/07/2021 NCI Fleetwood HMCG requested visual on yacht aground. ILB tasked to assist but tide too low. Assisted anxious crew to transfer to CRT All-Terrain vehicle and taken ashore to wait for reflecting. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 020915
38617 10/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMG had report of 2 MOP in trouble on paddle board. NCI said they had visual, and the casualties were now safe on shore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 020951
38587 08/07/2021 NCI Whitstable Vessel advised HMCG she is assisting sailing craft in poor sea conditions. Casualties advised not to proceed. RNLI tasked and conned to casualty by NCI. Casualty towed to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 020615
38722 06/07/2021 NCI Hornsea MOP reported ordinance found. HMCG informed. Other MOP investigated, found to be harmless. Investigation cancelled. NCI No Yes 020871
38566 06/07/2021 NCI Charmouth After lookout closed, W/K noticed 2 MOP in potential danger with rising tide. W/K returned to lookout, confirmed danger, informed HMCG. W/K stood down, and CG monitored situation. Walkers deemed safe. NCI No Yes 020402
38537 05/07/2021 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed upturned boat on rocks. HMCG informed. CRT tasked. CRT arrived and boat no longer visible. NCI No Yes 020274
38539 05/07/2021 NCI Felixstowe Yacht May Day with broken mast and no power. Reported to HMCG, ILB tasked and towed vessel to marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 020308
38541 05/07/2021 NCI Boscastle Yacht heard to call for assistance with engine failure. NCI had visual, and reported to HMCG. Motor Cruiser diverted and initiated a tow. NCI gave regular SITREPS. until visual lost. Both vessels safe NCI No Yes n/a
38519 04/07/2021 NCI Hornsea MOP reported suspect munitions in front of lookout. HMCG informed. Object had been moved to ramp. Update confirmed object part of WW2 rocket. Bomb Disposal declared it safe NCI No Yes 020173
38532 04/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested NCI to scan area for upturned kayak reported by MOP. Extensive scan revealed nothing. Kayak then reported not visible and probably sunk. MCA/HMCG No Yes 020170
38540 04/07/2021 NCI Swanage Small dinghy reported to NCI by MOP, no one aboard. Reported to HMCG. Appeared to have come from mooring/pontoon. No action, and lost sight of dinghy. MMO No Yes 020182
38504 04/07/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Pan Pan yacht aground, 2 POB. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. LB tasked. Yacht refloated and escorted to safety by LB NCI Yes Yes 020125
38505 04/07/2021 NCI Calshot Tower MayDay yacht with crew member suspected broken leg. Medic from another vessel attended, then LB on scene. Yacht returned to marina with casualty. Outcome unknown. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 020128
38681 04/07/2021 NCI Great Orme 2 MOP observed by NCI on sand bar putting themselves in danger. NCI attempted to warn them. HMCG contacted, ILB and HELO tasked, recovered casualties from deep water, who refused further medical help. NCI Yes Yes 022953
38506 04/07/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Ferry reported to HMCG capsized yacht. NCI had visual. 3 POB, all with lifejackets. Casualties recovered by Harbour Patrol, LB on scene. Attempt to right dinghy. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 020129
38517 04/07/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG requested visual on vessel with smoking engine. Sighting confirmed. LB tasked, put crew member on board and escorted vessel to harbour and safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 020204
38525 03/07/2021 NCI Needles NCI reported to HMCG that tanker was on course to enter channel while yacht race under way. HMCG requested to alter course, but declined. Sailing club vessel escorted tanker through fleet. NCI observe NCI No Yes 019913
38491 03/07/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht with fuel problems requests tow on Ch67. One boat telephoned NCI, who are aware, and reported to HMCG. Both observed until enter harbour safely NCI No Yes 019985
38493 03/07/2021 NCI Wooltack Point HMCG phoned NCI concerned about divers. 2 divers picked up by dive boat. ILB tasked to 3rd diver, but he made his own way to safety CRT interviewed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 019965
38494 03/07/2021 NCI Fleetwood Pan Pan heard on CH 16. RIB with 4 POB drifting. NCI informed HMCG of position. ILB tasked, and conned to casualty. Towed to safety by ILB NCI Yes Yes 020007
38496 03/07/2021 NCI Rame Head Fishing vessl lost power and drifting. HMCG tasked AWLB, and asked NCI to monitor. Vessel towed to harbour MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 020006
38503 03/07/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Pan Pan from yacht in collision, holed and taking in water. NCI told HMCG had visual. LBs tasked. 1 injury. Vessel towed to safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 020016
38472 02/07/2021 NCI Brancaster MOP reported to NCI that he had observed possible ordnance protruding from sand at river mouth. HMCG informed. Tide had come in by then, so matter put on hold until low water. NCI No Yes 010756
38488 02/07/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested surveillance following MOP stranded in mud. Nothing seen. Lifeguards tasked, then stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 019790
38462 01/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG asked NCI to lookout for 2 kayakers possibly in difficulty. Sea conditions getting worse. I kayaker ashore safely, other observed, and finally made it to safety. Lifeguards confirmed all Ok. MCA/HMCG No Yes 019618
38611 01/07/2021 NCI Nare Point Yacht aground, 2 persons visible. ILB tasked and took casualties on board. HMCG advised yacht will be refloated on rising tide. NCI Yes Yes 01669


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