Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5302
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,
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.
35939 17/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Local RNLI requested monitoring of swimmer in possible difficulty in strong current. Sighted until he reached safety. nfa RNLI Yes Yes n/n
35938 17/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported yacht with steering trouble to CG. ILB tasked to tow in. NCI Yes Yes 031189
35937 17/09/2020 NCI Worms Head Reported stranded MoPs to CG. ILB and CRT activated to bring safely to shore. NCI Yes Yes 031210
35943 17/09/2020 NCI Nells Point Reported possible stranding of MoPs to CG. Monitored and updated when they waded ashore waist deep. nfa NCI No Yes n/n
35951 17/09/2020 NCI Bass Point Relayed report from parent of missing man to CG. Updated when target by chance passed NCI Station and was asked to phone parent. NFA NCI No Yes 021161
35953 17/09/2020 NCI Bass Point CG requested sighting of MV struggling in heavy weather. Target sighted after 1 hour and AWLB given position to assist in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 037184
35998 17/09/2020 NCI Penzance Confirmed to CG that MB with injured crewman was visual. Monitored and updated as LB attended and reported casualty not serious. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031184
35928 16/09/2020 NCI Nells Point Reported MoPs potentially tidebound to CG. Monitored and updated when they managed to get to shore, LB stood down MCA/HMCG No Yes 031063
35929 16/09/2020 NCI Fleetwood Reported drifting RIB to CG. Directed AWLB to unseaworthy casualty to tow in. NCI Yes Yes 031037
36103 15/09/2020 NCI Folkestone Reported overloaded dinghy to relevant authorities. Monitored and updated when it reached the beach. nfa NCI No Yes n/n
35911 14/09/2020 NCI Worms Head Reported to CG an elderly gent collapsed from possible heat exhaustion. Provided location to CG Mobile Unit for it to move casualty to ILB for remove him to shore. NCI Yes Yes 30715
35916 14/09/2020 NCI Portscatho Reported to CG MoPs in danger from incoming tide. Monitored and updated when they managed to make shore safely. NCI No Yes 30723
35901 13/09/2020 NCI Worms Head Reported to CG two young males crossing to the Worm. Siren sounded with no response. They (just) made it back in water up to their chests. CG updated.. NCI No Yes 03462
35908 13/09/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Informed CG that disabled RIB alongside cruise ship was visual. Updated when it got underway again. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030582
35917 13/09/2020 NCI Penzance CG requested any sighting of craft reportedly 'shining a bright light'. Target sighted and CG informed it was reflected sunlight. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030562
35915 13/09/2020 NCI Stone Point Reported to CG kite surfer down and maybe in trouble. Monitored and updated when it was established he was only 'practicing'. nfa NCI No Yes 030461
35913 13/09/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested any sighting of paddle boarder and swimmer reportedly 'in difficulty'. Target sighted together with safety boat and CG updated. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 030568
35926 13/09/2020 NCI Exmouth CG requested visual check on reported flares and smoke. Target sighted and monitored. Updated CG when LBs towed casualty in after engine fire. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030477
35896 12/09/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported to CG sight loss of two divers with float. CRT and foot patrol activated. Two possibles seen on beach. nfa NCI No Yes 030309
35906 12/09/2020 NCI Charmouth CG requested any visual on reported cliff fall casualty. Target and her group identified. CRT confirmed her as having a broken ankle and stretchered her to the ambulance.. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030292
36125 12/09/2020 NCI Hornsea Watchkeepers advised HMCG of kayak in difficulty. When kayak capsized WKs notified HMCG of 3 people in the water. Independent lifeboat launched and recovered 3 casualties. NCI No Yes 030310
36873 12/09/2020 NCI Needles CG requested any sighting of PWC reported down. No sighting obtained. MCA/HMCG No Yes 303013
35875 11/09/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested visual check on wind surfer reported 'in difficulty'. Target sighted and CG updated as he reached shore safely. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030192
35878 11/09/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested observation of vulnerable person near cliff edge. Target sighted and monitored as CRT and police arrive to escort him away from edge. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030172
35867 10/09/2020 NCI Newhaven CG requested visual check for PWC transmitting a Mayday. Not visible from the Station. CRT found casualty safe on beach. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 030062
35853 09/09/2020 NCI Fleetwood In contact with CG over concern for kayaker operating strangely when ashore. Continued monitoring until he appeared to be afloat again and not in any distress. CG updated. NFA NCI No Yes 29933
35962 09/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported capsized kayak and PWC to CG. Updated when Water taxi and ILB assisted them to safety. NCI Yes Yes 031574
35880 09/09/2020 NCI Penzance Received call from local boat reporting on disabled yacht. Target sighted, monitored and CG updated when the reporting boat towed it in. NCI No Yes 029953
35887 08/09/2020 NCI Torbay Monitored and directed LB launch to sinking dinghy Updated CG when casualty safely recovered. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 029800
35842 08/09/2020 NCI Shoreham CG requested visual monitoring of grounded dayboat. Target sighted and CG updated when it was refloated by CRT. MCA/HMCG No Yes 29809
36017 07/09/2020 NCI Gwennap Head Assisted Royal Marine team with injured cliff climber to call in. AWLB. ILB, CRT and helo attended to lift to hospital. NCI Yes Yes 027246
35835 07/09/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that yacht which had hit rocks was visual. Monitored and updated when with ILB it managed to get clear and proceed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 29655
35828 06/09/2020 NCI Cromer Sighted and reported to CG a significant cliff fall. CRT inspected it and would report it to Council. NCI No Yes 029700
35827 06/09/2020 NCI Stone Point Reported to CG concern over swimmer lost to sight . Updated when local craft and LB contacted him as safely swimming to IOW. nfa NCI No Yes 029518
35833 05/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Advised Lifeguards of MoP report of paddleboarder (and dog) in difficulty in fast current. Lifeguard PWC assisted them to shore. NCI No Yes n/a
35838 05/09/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested any sighting of disabled speedboat. Target identified and position passed to CG for local boat to tow in MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 29379
35859 05/09/2020 NCI Needles Monitored and updated CG on recovery of drifting capsized dinghy by ILB. NCI Yes Yes 29333
35808 05/09/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Reported to CG that disabled PWS was visual. Monitored and updated when it was towed in by a local craft. LB stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 029306
35807 05/09/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Relayed Chan. 65 call reporting a cliff fall to CG. CRT found no evidence of a fall. Incident closed. NCI No Yes 029292
35872 05/09/2020 NCI Great Orme Sighted and reported to CG sail boarder in trouble. ILB launched but stood down when he managed to reach shore. CG asked for welfare check, which was good. .Incident closed. NCI Yes Yes 029329


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