Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5863
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.

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.
38707 20/07/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on swimmer possibly in difficulty. Thorough sweep of area revealed nothing MCA/HMCG No Yes 023231
38711 20/07/2021 NCI Nells Point Kayak with 1 POB plus dog capsized and unable to board. HMCG informed, LB close by on exercise. Canoeist assisted to reboard, and LB followed casualty to safety NCI Yes Yes 023216
38712 20/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. paddle boarder in difficulty. NCI had visual, ILB tasked, and recovered casualty and board, All safe and well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 023136
38713 20/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl Lifeguards contacted NCI for visual on floating object. Object thought to be paddle board seen, no person with it. ILB tasked, and recovered kayak, possibly from local hire shop.. No persons seen. NCI Yes Yes 023138
38723 20/07/2021 NCI Hornsea Motor launch with flat battery drifting in front of lookout. HMCG informed. Hornsea ILB tasked and towed vessel to safety. NCI Yes Yes 023208
38683 19/07/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG issued Pan Pan for motor cruiser with engine failure. NCI advised had visual. Another vessel arranged tow and both reached harbour safely. NCI monitored progress. MCA/HMCG No Yes 022962
38700 19/07/2021 NCI Stone Point Kite surfer possibly in trouble, refused assistance from boat. 3 MOP waved crossed arms, thought to be distress signal, but false alarm. Advice from beach patrol NCI No Yes 022947
38710 19/07/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG called NCI about 2 paddle boarders possibly in trouble in rip. NCI had been monitoring. They eventually reached safety without intervention MCA/HMCG No Yes 022958
38775 19/07/2021 NCI Shoreham NCI observed unattended dinghy adrift. HMCG informed. No Further Action as drifted out of visual contact. NCI No Yes 022877
38653 18/07/2021 NCI Worms Head HMCG requested visual on swimmer in difficulty near causeway. NCI concerned about swimmer, HMCG tasked ILB, and HELO. Swimmer reached shore safely, no assistance needed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022598
38655 18/07/2021 NCI Fleetwood ILB tasked by HMCG to swimmer reported 1 mile out to sea. NCI asked to monitor. ILB and 3 Jetskiers carried out extensive search, no result.. Stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022681
38659 18/07/2021 NCI Felixstowe Pan Pan from yacht fouled on lobster pots. HMCG tasked ILB, which freed yacht with difficulty, and towed to marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022638
38774 18/07/2021 NCI Shoreham Pan Pan from inflatable out of fuel. yacht offered assistance, and towed casualty to harbour safely. Monitored by NCI. NCI No Yes 02246
38633 18/07/2021 NCI Brancaster Lost child reported to NCI by mother. Found by binoculars search, and two NT rangers. Child reunited with mother, all safe. NCI No No n/a
38665 18/07/2021 NCI Mablethorpe MOP reported to NCI they found a child. Reported to HMCG. Child brought to lookout, mother contacted, and after due safeguarding, mother and child reunited NCI No Yes Pol327
38666 18/07/2021 NCI Brancaster Mother reported to NCI child missing on beach. Beach scanned by binoculars. Child found safe and well by father NCI No No n/a
38698 17/07/2021 NCI Gosport May Day from motor launch taking on water. LB and Police launch assisted, NCI monitored for HMCG. Vessel towed to safety of marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022300
38648 17/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested NCI to look for dog, last seen swimming out to sea. Camera search undertaken, ILB tasked, and CRT.. Eventually kayaker spotted dog stuck on rocks, rescued by ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022060
38651 17/07/2021 NCI Fleetwood Casualty fallen into sea. NCI asked to do visual search. LB, Police HELO both tasked. Nothing found, and sadly body recovered as tide went out. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022216
38675 17/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI contacted HMCG to offer assistance in looking for missing child. During contact with Lifeguards, child found safe and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 022276
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
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
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
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
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
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


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