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.
47103 20/08/2023 NCI Mablethorpe Police received message re. MISPER while at NCI. Search carried out. Advised not to approach if seen. Police then informed NCI MISPER had been found and returned home. NFA Police No No POL160
47104 20/08/2023 NCI Mablethorpe RNLI requested assistance from NCI to identify a white object heading north. NCI unable to get visual. ILB tasked, and searched for MISPERS, also CRT. 2 inflatable objects seen. , No Person involved. RNLI Yes Yes 357091
47106 20/08/2023 NCI Torbay NCI received call from HMCG re. open career on Ch 16. Asked to listen for background sounds, which continued until watch closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 530300
47075 20/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point Yacht issued a Pan Pan - stuck on pots. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. Fishing vessel called to say they were caught on their pots. AWLB tasked, however yacht freed itself and proceeded onward. , Next NCI station informed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530156
47194 20/08/2023 NCI Bembridge NCI observed kayaker detached from his kayak, and having difficulty swimming ashore. HMCG informed. Casualty eventually reached shore, CG kept updated. No assets required. NCI No Yes 530180
47082 20/08/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI heard MayDay from yacht which was towing a windsurfer with a broken mast. Towline had fouled propellor. Windsurfer in the water and unable to get on board. Tow continued under sail but assistance , requested. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. Downgraded to Pan Pan, vessel offered assistance but ILB tasked, recovered casualty, NCI lost visual. All safe, NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530238
47092 20/08/2023 NCI Folkestone NCI observed a suspicious package in the sea. HMCG informed. Border Force tasked, and NCI conned them onto object. Item was a whiskey barrel, which they recovered to dispose of. NCI No Yes UKBF
47264 19/08/2023 NCI Needles NCI reported to HMCG a yacht was aground. 4 POB with lifejackets. AWLB tasked, NCI monitored situation. LB sent RIB to assess, and decided to leave to refloat on tide. NCI Yes Yes 529997
47077 19/08/2023 NCI Nells Point MOP informed HMCG 3 - 4 wind surfers were in difficulty. NCI asked to scan and report. Incident not visible from station, then informant told CG casualties were safely ashore. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 529885
47090 19/08/2023 NCI Calshot Tower NCI observed a swimmer trying to retrieve a ball, tide and wind against. HMCG informed, local LB tasked, casualty recovered and returned to shore. CG informed, NFA NCI Yes Yes 529926
47057 18/08/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. possible suicide attempt. Visual not possible due to poor visibility. CRT tasked, also PCSO. Casualty removed from sea, by CRT, ILB also requested, then stood down. , Casualty taken in ambulance for treatment. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529703
47052 17/08/2023 NCI Lyme Bay HMCG called NCI for visual on kayaker reported to be in difficulty. Visual established, and kayaker appeared okay. Monitoring continued, kayaker disappeared from view, then returned and went ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 529591
47056 17/08/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of inflatable, 2 POB, in difficulty. Nothing seen. CRT and ILB tasked.ILB found green rubber ring, but nothing else, assets stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529620
47058 17/08/2023 NCI Canvey Island HMCG called NCI re report from MOP of paddle boarder in difficulty. Nothing seen by NCI. NCI then saw LiLo - CG informed. ILB tasked, and conned onto LiLo by NCI, which was recovered. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529501
47059 17/08/2023 NCI Porthcawl Police asked NCI for help to locate MISPER. HELO searching. HMCG informed of search. Search ongoing when station closed, casualty later found inland. Police Yes Yes POL896
47061 17/08/2023 NCI Mundesley Yacht called HMCG losing engine power, Pan Pan issued. 1 POB. NCI had visual, CG informed. CG checked that no immediate assistance required. Vessel left NCI area without assistance. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
47070 17/08/2023 NCI Penzance HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP concerned about 2 paddle boarders. NCI replied that it was 2 persons in an inflatable, which they had been monitoring. ILB tasked and confirmed all was well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529554
47072 17/08/2023 NCI Exmouth LG observed floating object, NCI had visual - large cylinder. Harbourmaster informed, HMCG informed, ILB tasked. Identified as buoy from mussel farm, and towed to marina by ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
47073 17/08/2023 NCI Porthdinllaen MOP reported to NCI a waterski boat was close to swimmers. HMCG informed, advised NCI to call police. Police said they would try to identify culprits, but could not confirm attendance. NCI No Yes 131434
47039 16/08/2023 NCI Torbay Harbour authority contacted NCI re. report from MOP of a fridge/freezer floating in sea. Extensive search revealed nothing. Various vessels also searched but nothing found. NCI No No n/a
47040 16/08/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head MOP called NCI to say she had fallen in a pothole and injured her ankle. Request to inform Rangers of pothole - already aware. Ranger attended casualty, recovered her in vehicle and took her to A&E. NCI No No n/a
47025 15/08/2023 NCI Brancaster HMCG asked NCI for visual looking for 3 children reported missing on island. ILB and CRT tasked. MISPERs found by mobile unit and reunited with parents. All well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529801
47026 15/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point Motor launch broke down and attempted to make way using auxiliary engine. NCI informed HMCG. Other vessels attempted tow, until ILB arrived and took over tow into harbour. NCI Yes Yes 529103
47060 15/08/2023 NCI Mundesley MOP reported to NCI lost child, but gave no detail. LGs unable to be contacted, outcome unknown - assumed to be safe. RNLI No No n/a
47027 15/08/2023 NCI Hornsea NCI observed empty rubber dinghy drifting. HMCG informed, local ILB tasked. Dinghy washed ashore and was recovered by W\K. CG informed, LB stood down. Dinghy deflated. NCI Yes Yes 529044
47028 15/08/2023 NCI Worms Head NCI observed 6 MOP cut off as causeway closed, HMCG informed. 4 casualties stayed in island, 2 tried to wade ashore. Siren deployed. CG updated. Those wading returned to island, ILB tasked , and recovered all 6 in 2 trips. CRT met them on shore. NCI Yes Yes 529069
47034 15/08/2023 NCI Charlestown NCI received call from Motor vessel with engine failure. HMCG informed, and issued Pan Pan. RIB assisted, CG informed NCI, and casualty was towed to safety of harbour by RIB. NCI No Yes 529087
47036 15/08/2023 NCI Shoreham NCI observed a wind surfer in difficulty. HMCG informed. The casualty then appeared to get upright and reached the beach, CG informed. NFA NCI No Yes 529107
47037 15/08/2023 NCI Porthcawl MOP reported to NCI a swim buoy, no sign of swimmer. Visual established, HMCG informed. Swimmer seen on steps, who confirmed the buoy was his, and car keys and phone was with buoy. , CG updated, spare keys collected, and MOP later handed buoy into NCI - owner contacted. NCI No Yes 529124
47038 15/08/2023 NCI Filey HMCG called NCI re. MOP report of abandoned inflatable drifting out to sea. NCI established visual, dinghy with 1 POB which returned to beach without concern. Fire No Yes 529036
47041 15/08/2023 NCI Rhoscolyn NCI heard radio call to HMCG re. MOP with medical emergency. Visual negative, but off duty W/K who lived nearby attended. Casualty slipping into coma, nurse attending. HMCG tasked HELO and, casualty was airlifted to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 529032
47019 14/08/2023 NCI Brancaster NCI observed 2 paddle boarders in difficulty returning to shore. Family member approached NCI, and confirmed they had contacted HMCG. Casualties eventually reached shore before LB tasked. NCI No Yes 528875
47023 14/08/2023 NCI Exmouth HMCG called NCI re. report of 3 persons on 1 paddle board asking for visual. Not visible to NCI and situation ongoing as station closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 528906
47018 13/08/2023 NCI Mablethorpe NCI observed a floating inflatable flamingo, no persons evident. HMCG informed, ILB tasked, and conned onto object by NCI. When retrieved, no persons found, and no-one reported missing. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 528698
47042 12/08/2023 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed a yacht aground. HMCG informed. Passing vessels unable to assist. CRT tasked, yacht not in immediate danger. Pan Pan issued. CRT stood down. As tide came in, skipper expressed concern, vessel was being pushed into trouble, so ILB tasked and towed the vessel to safety. NCI Yes Yes 528499
46996 12/08/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP handed in a live bullet (5.56mm) to NCI, found on beach. HMCG informed. Police collected item from lookout. This is a continuation from I/R 46912, dated 06/08. , Further bullets handed in over next days. NCI No Yes 528463
46997 12/08/2023 NCI Brancaster Reporter on prearranged visit to NCI collapsed outside the lookout. W/K attended casualty, who lost consciousness briefly. 999 call to ambulance. Casualty appeared to recover slightly, was taken into , lookout, but then collapsed again. Ambulance arrived, and casualty taken to hospital for tests. HMCG informed of events, CRT had been tasked but cancelled. NCI No Yes 528468
47004 12/08/2023 NCI Whitstable MOP reported to NCI concern for 2 kayaks a long way offshore. HMCG informed. NCI did not have visual. ILB tasked to investigate. kayakers located and not in difficulty. NCI Yes Yes 528473
47005 12/08/2023 NCI Newhaven NCI observed 2 fishermen on breakwater, which was closed to public, in danger from waves. HMCG informed, and requested to monitor. Situation was no better so CRT tasked, and escorted them off. NCI No Yes 528576
46979 11/08/2023 NCI St Ives NCI observed a paddle boarder in difficulty with offshore wind and ebbing tide. HMCG informed, casualty showed signs of needing help. LGs tasked and helped casualty to shore. NCI No Yes 528348


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