Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 6169
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.
40506 12/12/2021 NCI Shoreham NCI observed kayaker capsized at harbour entrance. HMCG informed, NCI monitored situation. CG advised of repeated capsizes, ILB tasked, conned onto casualty by NCI. Recovered safe and well. NCI Yes Yes 042832
40478 12/12/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG reported to NCI that MOP had reported wing surfer in difficulty. Visual established, no apparent problem. CG informed., NCI lost visual due to poor visibility, and subsequently saw no sign, Assumed to have come ashore, incident closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 042848
40485 11/12/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested NCI to maintain observation on paddle boader. Seen to land safely on beach. MCA/HMCG No Yes 042784
40512 09/12/2021 NCI Hornsea MOP reported to NCI a large pipe washed up on beach, potentially hazardous if washed out to sea. HMCG informed, and they reported it to Council. NCI No Yes 042663
40451 08/12/2021 NCI Cromer NCI heard message from HMCG to CRT Re. search for small vessel or kayak. CRT requested to attend NCI station., W/K telephoned CG for detail. Nothing seen, all stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 042570
40441 06/12/2021 NCI Penzance MOP reported to NCI possible unexploded bomb on beach. HMCG informed, CRT tasked, area evacuated. Incident closed 45 minutes later. NCI No Yes 042429
40425 05/12/2021 NCI Exmouth Unattended kite sail reported to harbourmaster. MOP reported to NCI that owner intended swimming to retrieve it. HMCG requested NCI monitor, but noone entered water. Sail blew out of view. CG informed NCI No Yes 042346
40410 04/12/2021 NCI Torbay Local dive boat issued Pan Pan re. 2 missing divers. NCI and fishing vessel offered assistance. Upgraded to May Day. Divers spotted and rescued by dive boat. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 042247
40412 04/12/2021 NCI Hornsea NCI observed MOP in danger of being cut off by rising tide. HMCG informed. ILB tasked, and casualties found to be safe. NCI Yes Yes 042288
40413 04/12/2021 NCI Nells Point MOP reported to HMCG walker on island collapsed. NCI requested to monitor. CRT and ambulance tasked. 3 MOP + dog seen on island. CRT and ambulance recovered casualty before tide covered causeway. MCA/HMCG No Yes 042277
40414 04/12/2021 NCI Newhaven MOP handed in 3 flares to NCI, 7 years out of date. HMCG informed, Police tasked to collect flares from NCI. NCI No Yes 042292
40416 04/12/2021 NCI Stone Point HMCG requestedNCI search for vessel reported to be sinking. Visual established. LBs tasked and took vessel under tow, 2nd one stood by with pump. Casualty towed to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 042252
40428 04/12/2021 NCI Southend HMCG issued call re. drifting yacht. NCI had visual, CG informed. ILB tasked, NCI directed ILB onto casualty. Yacht, no-one on board, taken under tow by ILB to safety. NCI Yes Yes 042282
40440 04/12/2021 NCI Penzance NCI informed HMCG that an unmanned dinghy was adrift east of harbour. ILB tasked, recovered vessel to harbour, CRT investigated incident. NCI Yes Yes 042266
40467 03/12/2021 NCI Portland Bill May Day re. Cabin Cruiser with engine failure 5 miles from lookout. NCI monitoring. AWLB on scene, and commenced tow. , May Day cancelled, and casualty towed to safety in harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
40383 30/11/2021 NCI Folkestone NCI heard radio traffic re. MOP fallen down cliff. Assisted ambulance personal with directions, and looking for casualty. CRT and HELO tasked. Casualty recovered and transferred to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 041969
40365 29/11/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI re. overdue swimmer not returned to beach. Scan of area only saw 1 swimmer changing. MOP who reported incident confirmed swimmer safe and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 041906
40335 27/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed RIB broken down. HMCG informed. NCI asked to monitor, winds gusting to 30 kts. ILB tasked and towed RIB to shore. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 041750
40312 26/11/2021 NCI Torbay NCI heard assistance request from yacht to HMCG. NCI had visual, sails flapping. AWLB tasked and assisted yacht. No action by NCI MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 041666
40439 25/11/2021 NCI Swanage NCI observed sloop struggling with winds and tide, Pan Pan issued. HMCG informed. Training ship offered assistance, and took vessel under tow. Pan Pan cancelled. MCA/HMCG No Yes 041587
40303 25/11/2021 NCI Newhaven Police requested NCI look for lady reported missing. Watch kept open until dark to aid search, lady found and NCI stood down. Police No Yes POL822
40308 24/11/2021 NCI Stone Point NCI reported to HMCG a radio report of a white flare. Visual search requested, one vessel at anchor seen. Observation maintained, NCI No Yes 041459
40259 22/11/2021 NCI Penzance HMCG requested NCI search following a MOP report of white flashing lights offshore. Nothing seen. MCA/HMCG No Yes 040823
40275 22/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI offered assistance to HMCG re. man overboard from fishing boat, with boat still motoring unattended. Visual on boat, and casualty. AWLB, ILB, HELO tasked, casualty recovered, boat beached. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 041269
40244 20/11/2021 NCI Mablethorpe Red Flare spotted from fishing boat. HMCG issued May Day relay. NCI gave position. LB tasked, took vessel under tow to shore, and vessel recovered by tractor. NCI Yes Yes 041096
40249 19/11/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn NCI observed lone kayaker out in adverse conditions. HMCG informed, and NCI asked to monitor. Second kayaker joined him and both returned to shore safely. NCI No Yes 040887
40255 19/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on distressed MOP close to cliff. Police, CRT, and ILB tasked. Visual established, CG informed. Police moved casualty to safety, units stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 040894
40257 15/11/2021 NCI Swanage NCI observed yacht dismasted, occupier waving arms. HMCG informed, AWLB tasked, and conned onto casualty by NCI. Casualty towed to harbour. NCI Yes Yes 040462
40207 14/11/2021 NCI Southend 3 MOP observed walking on MOD land. Managers advised. HMCG advised of possibly being cut off. CRT, ILB and hovercraft tasked. MOP ashore and received advice. NCI Yes Yes 040388
40173 14/11/2021 NCI Stone Point NCI observed beached yacht. W/K spoke with occupant, assured he was Ok. HMCG informed, CG mobile attended, and due to damage, LB tasked to tow yacht off at hight tide. NCI Yes Yes 040201
40190 14/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on surfer with potential dislocated shoulder. Difficult due to conditions and numbers in sea, however others observed in difficulty. CRT and ILB tasked, 4 surfers helped. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 040350
40196 13/11/2021 NCI Teignmouth MOP reported to NCI an upturned boat drifting out of harbour on outgoing tide. HMCG informed. ILB tasked and recovered vessel. NCI Yes Yes 040280
40201 13/11/2021 NCI Gosport Pan Pan for yacht grounding . Ryde rescue attended, and TS stood by. Yacht refloated and proceeded under its own power to marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 040263
40168 13/11/2021 NCI Gwennap Head 2 MOP handed in to NCI a bag containing syringes and controlled drugs found on beach. HMCG informed, HELIMED made arrangements to collect. NCI No Yes 037814
40141 10/11/2021 NCI Cromer NCI W/K checked beach and observed a large rock fall. No public present. HMCG informed, also local Council. NCI No Yes 039920
40143 10/11/2021 NCI Newhaven Police asked NCI for CCTV re. car on quay. Not immediately available, NCI asked to inform if car moved. Police later reported car moved by owner. Police No Yes POL898
40123 07/11/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested visual on kite surfer reported capsized by MOP. Visual established and casualty recovered by inflatable. MCA/HMCG No Yes 039550
40102 06/11/2021 NCI Newhaven NCI observed large anchor buoy washed up on beach. HMCG informed. 3 MOP rolled it onto car park. Port worker secured buoy, and it was removed by port authority. NCI No Yes 039422
40089 05/11/2021 NCI Torbay NCI informed of incident - 2 MOP 1 in water, 1 on rocks. W/K established visual. ILB tasked and recovered casualties and transferred to ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 039263
40092 05/11/2021 NCI Great Orme Pan Pan from rowing boat in difficulty. Yacht and ILB quickly on scene, and took casualties on board, and towed boat to shore NCI Yes Yes 039276


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