Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5645
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.
37836 03/05/2021 NCI Holehaven Cabin Cruiser dragged mooring being pushed onto rocks. NCI informed HMCG, and owner. CRT and owner on scene, boat made safe and beached. Next day boat moved to marina. NCI No Yes n/a
37908 03/05/2021 NCI Hornsea Out of Hours request from Police for CCTV footage re. suspicious person. Footage delivered to Police for scrutiny Police No No 103
37900 02/05/2021 NCI Froward Point RIB broken down in river entrance. NCI asked to call LB but called HMCG, however CRT on scene and requested LB to attend. RIB taken in tow by yacht with LB standing by NCI Yes Yes 10990
37849 02/05/2021 NCI St Agnes Head Kayaker/bodyboader observed to be heading for rocks and struggling to progress. HMCG informed, continued to monitor. Casualty lost sight of behind headland, and assumed safe NCI No Yes 11001
37805 02/05/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht reported unmanned tender off Prawle Point. NCI had visual contact. NCI inform HMCG of catamaran in vicinity, who tow it to Salcombe at request of CG MCA/HMCG No Yes 011039
37795 01/05/2021 NCI Nells Point 2 MOP seen crossing to Sully Island just before causeway closed. HMCG deployed CRT, and ILB. Casualties returned to mainland. NCI Yes Yes 10892
37809 01/05/2021 NCI St Ives Kayaker capsized below Station. Struggling to get back into kayak. HMCG tasked ILB, casualty recovered safely. NCI Yes Yes 10797
37784 30/04/2021 NCI Rame Head Yacht reported unmanned kayak to HMCG. NCI requested to look out for it, but not seen. Different yacht took kayak in tow, and ILB deployed to search for occupant, but learned kayak lost in river. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 010693
37844 29/04/2021 NCI Gosport NCI overheard conversation between HMCG and speedboat out of fuel.Advised insufficient fuel supplied, and boat then ran out again at Harbour entrance. Police launch towed to safety NCI No Yes 010594
37760 28/04/2021 NCI Worms Head HMCG asked NCI to lookout for 2 kite surfers. Nothing observed. Local CRT and ILB recovered casualties MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 010469
37843 28/04/2021 NCI Gosport NCI informed HMCG yacht aground. QHM also informed. Yacht refloated 25 mins later, and made way to marina NCI No Yes 010496
37745 27/04/2021 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed dory with 4 POB unable to start engine. Reported to HMCG, and yacht within 0.3 miles. HMCG radioed yacht, which took dory in tow to Salcombe NCI No Yes 010311
37735 26/04/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent Small vessel observed drifting without power. 2 POB using oars. HMCG requested NCI to monitor.. PanPan initiated. NCI watch keeper went to beach to ensure safe arrival of boat NCI No Yes 010215
37749 26/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Pan Pan issued re day fisher with 2 POB rowing. NCI informed HMCG, asked to monitor, and boat safely reached shore in 35 minutes. NFA NCI No Yes 010215
37750 26/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower HMCG requested NCI look for possible small dinghy adrift off Hamble. Observed and monitored for 30 minutes and reported to HMCG did not appear in difficulty MCA/HMCG No Yes 010221
37734 26/04/2021 NCI Prawle Point Sailing vessel reported broken fan belt. NCI asked by HMCG to monitor. Vessel observed and hoisted sail and sailed away. MCA/HMCG No Yes 010130
37748 25/04/2021 NCI Hornsea NCI observed walkers cut off by incoming tide. HMCG informed. Hornsea Inshore Rescue RIB launched. Casualty had minor injuries and returned to boat house NCI No Yes 10120
37826 25/04/2021 NCI Gosport Yacht called MayDay aground on Ryde Sands. NCI had visual contact. Ryde Rescue recovered casualty, and yacht left to await rising tide. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 010111
37718 25/04/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head Motor boat with 2 POB reported problem outside Christchurch harbour. NCI had visual. ILB took casualty under tow safely to harbour MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 10095
37775 25/04/2021 NCI Shoreham Possible overturned kayak observed. HMCG tasked ILB to investigate. Object discovered to be a loose buoy. NFA NCI Yes Yes 010045
37721 25/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Yellow inflatable observed in trouble, no people seen. Inflatable collected by small craft, Hamble LB located two people in water, transferred to meet ambulance, conscious and talking NCI Yes Yes 010150
37728 25/04/2021 NCI Great Orme MOP reported one of a group of three paddle boarders appeared to be in difficulty. HMCG asked NCI to observe. ILB deployed and two of the three taken back to shore. All safe MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 010121
37733 25/04/2021 NCI Hornsea Large barrel sized object observed by NCI. HMCG informed, requested that NCI monitor. Visual lost and not seen again. NCI No Yes n/a
37699 24/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl HCG requested NCI to look for four persons holding onto a paddle board in river mouth. Casualties observed drifting towards rocks. AWLB and ILB launched. MOP reported casualties now safely on beach. N MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 009914
37700 24/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed two surfers being blown offshore. Contacted HMCG. ILB launched and recovered surfers and escorted to beach. NCI Yes Yes 009952
37825 24/04/2021 NCI Gosport HMCG tasked ILB to search for MOP in water. Helo. also deployed. Casualty observed by NCI and recovered by ILB and transferred to ambulance MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 009986
37701 24/04/2021 NCI Worms Head 2 MOP possibly stranded on Worm by tide reported to HMCG. Phone contact made with MOP and informed they were happy to wait for causeway to open. Stressed to wait for full opening NCI No Yes 009936
37702 24/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG asked NCI to gain visual on boy being blown out to sea on bodyboard. Casualty observed, HMCG informed, and ILB recovered casualty to beach and reunited with concerned parents. No injuries MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 009969
37703 24/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl 2 MOP observed cut off by incoming tide. NCI contacted HMCG, ILB launched to recover casualties safely to beach. Nine further persons identified in cove and cut off, but happy to stay until tide ebbs NCI Yes Yes 009985
37704 24/04/2021 NCI Fleetwood Call from local CG to observe MOP chasing runaway dog. Observed, dog eventually caught, and contacted by HMCG team MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
37705 24/04/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG asked NCI to look for paddle border in trouble. P.B. observed in company of windsurfer, also in trouble. P.B recovered by Lifeboat. Windsurfer OK. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 009964
37774 24/04/2021 NCI Shoreham NCI observed dinghy aground in Shoreham harbour. Sussex YC informed, deployed safety boat, and crew transferred to Dive Charter boat for return to shore. Dinghy to be refloated at high tide. NCI No No n/a
37801 24/04/2021 NCI Portland Bill MOP saw 2 surfboarders in difficulty in Chesil Cove. Advised 999 to HMCG, AWLB and Helo tasked, casualties safely returned to shore MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 009865
37719 23/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Mayday call, followed by assistance request from HMCG. Visual on motor boat aground, which freed itself, and proceeded up river. No confirmation that this was vessel but LB searched with nothing found MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 009761
37687 22/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl Request from HMCG to monitor paddle boarders possibly in trouble. One in water, and one trying to paddle to shore. ILB launched and recovered casualties, who were unhurt but very tired MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 9603
37738 22/04/2021 NCI Torbay A yacht on passage to Dartmouth experienced engine problems. HMCG requested NCI to look out for, as Comms were difficult. NCI unable to see yacht, and suggested NCI Froward Point may have visual MCA/HMCG No Yes 009602
37621 18/04/2021 NCI Teignmouth MoP reported person on inflatable being swept out to sea. Notified HMCG who tasked ILB. Local dredger advised CG they had picked up casualty and taking to quay. Doctor attended. NCI No Yes 008661
37766 18/04/2021 NCI Shoreham Capsizes speedboat observed with two casualties in water. AWLB launched . Casualties rescued by fishing vessel, and wreckage recovered by harbour pilot boat NCI Yes Yes 009236
37682 18/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested NCI to scan Rest Bay for MOP possible self harming. Camera observation, but no sighting, Casualty met by Police and Ambulance, and escorted to ambulance. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
37642 17/04/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head MOP reported dog ran over cliff, HMCG CRT team abseiled cliff and recovered dog safe and well NCI No Yes 009088


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