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.
37669 17/04/2021 NCI Exmouth Kitesurfer stranded on sandbank. NCI alerted by sculler. Lifeguards attended and recovered board and delivered to surfer NCI No No n/a
37645 16/04/2021 NCI Fleetwood NCI reported MOP in danger of being cut off by tide, along with two dogs. ILB launched and recovered casualty and dogs NCI Yes Yes 008987
37765 15/04/2021 NCI Shoreham Vessel entered Shoreham Harbour with 5 persons huddled in cockpit. HMCG alerted. Police looked at CCTV footage, and investigation continuing NCI No Yes 008926
37639 15/04/2021 NCI Stone Point MOP reported kayakers in difficulty. HMCG requested visual search. Nothing seen. Kayakers reported safely ashore MCA/HMCG No Yes 008899
37641 15/04/2021 NCI St Alban's Head MOP reported red object, possible casualty, on cliff face. HMCG CRT deployed and recovered discarded red sleeping bag NCI No Yes 008923
37891 14/04/2021 NCI Nare Point NCI called by HMCG and informed launch holed and beached. Due to be recovered later, and NCI asked to look out for it in case it refloated with no one in attendnce. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
37668 14/04/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested NCI monitor capsized kayaker in estuary. ILB launched, and ambulance attended. Casualty taken to hospital MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
37888 13/04/2021 NCI Nare Point NCI informed HMCG of a super yacht with a discrepancy in its AIS display. Search revealed possible suspicious history.. HMCG dealt with situation. NCI No Yes n/a
37635 13/04/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on disabled MV. Located by camera, HMCG advised. Harbourmaster's vessel tasked to recover. Tow monitored by CCTV and CG informed when casualty safe. MCA/HMCG No Yes 008696
37631 13/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl Sighted dead porpoise on rocks and reported to CG. Local Council informed and would recover corpse. NCI No Yes 8658
37510 12/04/2021 NCI St Agnes Head HMCG requested visual on kitesurfer in trouble. Nothing seen at first but conditions improved and able to pass details to HMCG. Maintained obs until conditions deteriorated again. HMCG stood NCI down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 006835
37615 12/04/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head AfterPolice and CRT dealt with suicidal MoP casualty arrived at lookout asking for help. HMCG/Police notified MoP at cliff edge. All emergency services arrived. Casualty eventually in police custody. Police Yes Yes 008601
37616 12/04/2021 NCI Hornsea HMCG requested visual on MoPs stranded by tide. Nothing visual or on CCTV, believed to be out of view. NFA. Casualties later found and rescued by CRT. MCA/HMCG No Yes none
37620 12/04/2021 NCI Teignmouth HMCG requested visual on parent with unwell child on beach. Casualty located and position notified to CG. Ambulance arrived and treated child. MCA/HMCG No Yes 008586
37640 12/04/2021 NCI St Alban's Head NCI asked if had visual on a motor cruiser. Nothing seen. Later observed possible sighting, and HMCG informed vessel involved had safely entered harbour MCA/HMCG No Yes 008585
37601 10/04/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn HMCG reported PanPan from vessel with engine failure. Advised CG only one vessel in area, stationary. ILB tasked to assist and confirmed vessel had engine failure. ILB towed casualty to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 008348
37884 10/04/2021 NCI Nare Point aNCI observed radar contact in position of August Rock Buoy. Visual check revealed yacht. HMCG informed and advised to monitor. Yacht got under way and safely anchored NCI No Yes n/a
37884 10/04/2021 NCI Nare Point NCI observed radar contact in position of August Rock Buoy. Visual check revealed yacht with flapping sails. HMCG informed and advised to monitor. Yacht got under way and safely anchored NCI No Yes n/a
37590 09/04/2021 NCI Needles MV lost engine power and drifting. Advised HMCG, who asked us to observe. CG issued PanPan and requested update on casualty's position. Casualty regained power, NFA NCI No Yes 008265
37882 09/04/2021 NCI Nare Point NCI concerned for safety of solo snorkeler who had vacated inflatable. HMCG advised monitor, and casualty returned to inflatable and departed. NCI No Yes n/a
37578 09/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Co-operated with CG and Calshot lifeboat in safety check on grounded yacht and crew while awaiting rising tide. NCI Yes Yes 8249
37592 08/04/2021 NCI Nells Point MoP observed walking onto Sully island just before causeway flooding. HMCG advised, CRT in attendance. Person seen walking toward CRT vehicle on mainland and safety. NFA NCI No Yes 008149
37816 08/04/2021 NCI Gosport Paddle boarder (plus dog) lost oar HMCG informed Observed by NCI until recovered oar and boarder returned to beach NCI No Yes 008127
37564 08/04/2021 NCI Hornsea Smoke and flames seen in centre of local caravan park. Emergency call to Fire & Rescue, appliance despatched and quickly arrived on scene. NCI No No
37563 07/04/2021 NCI Hornsea MoP reported concern re lone walker. Scanned reported area, nothing seen. Notified HMCG who contacted MoP and stood NCI down. NFA NCI No Yes none
37554 06/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl CG requested any visual on long boarder reported by concerned MoP. Established visual and camera contact and monitored situation until he was safely ashore. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 7980
37555 06/04/2021 NCI Torbay Heard HMCG radio message to CRT to investigate male on cliff edge. Gained visual of HiVis uniformed person restraining casualty. advised CG. Police arrived and took casualty into custody. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
37547 05/04/2021 NCI Needles MoP reported PWC rider in water. NCI scanned but nothing nothing seen. Advised HMCG of vessel in approximate area but they reported nothing seen. ILB tasked, reported buoy at casualty location. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
37577 05/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Reported capsized racing yacht to CG. Monitored casualty until it was righted safely by attendant RIB. NCI No Yes 7941
37520 03/04/2021 NCI Boscastle MoP reported his 2 dogs fallen from cliffs. Details taken and passed to HMCG. CRT & ILB tasked to recover dogs. One self-rescued, the other was recovered but deceased. NCI No Yes 007606
37518 02/04/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual check for two inflatables following 999 call. One boat towing the other using oars. Nothing seen, and primary search area outside our purview. Scanned area till end of watch. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 007553
37519 02/04/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG reported vessel at anchor following engine failure. HMCG requested any vessel ale to assist with tow. One hour later a local vessel arrived on scene and towed casualty into harbour. Advised HMCG. MCA/HMCG No Yes 007513
37576 02/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Reported downed kite surfer to CG. Monitored his safe recovery by Hamble LB and club RIB. LB returned board to owner. NCI No Yes 7533
37575 01/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Reported SART signal on AIS to CG. No further details emerged and incident closed as 'false alarm'. NCI No Yes 7334
37500 31/03/2021 NCI Porthcawl Advised HMCG of group of surfers at risk of being dragged onto rocks by rip current. Porthcawl ILB tasked to investigate. ILB monitored surfers leaving water onto rocks. Eventually reported all safe. NCI No Yes 007282
37477 31/03/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported to CG that disabled speedboat was visual. Monitored casualty until a local FV towed it in. NCI No Yes 7214
37478 31/03/2021 NCI Prawle Point Very faint Mayday heard, no response from HMCG. Phoned HMCG - they had not heard call. Requested us to call vessel on Ch16. Casualty confirmed they were under tow and no longer in need of assistance. NCI No Yes 007224
37481 31/03/2021 NCI Nells Point Reported to CG a large amount of drifting debris as danger to small craft. Monitored area while Barry Dock ILB investigated. CG issued 'Securitay' advice. NFA NCI Yes Yes 7217
37497 30/03/2021 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Local FV contacted NCI with concerns over MoPs about to be cut off by tide. FV called to MoPs to warn them while NCI contacted HMCG and monitored until casualties reached safety. NCI No Yes 007114
37692 30/03/2021 NCI Lyme Bay HMCG requested NCI to look for kayaker possibly in trouble. Observed ashore on beach, spoken to by NCI and reported not in trouble. Gave details of launch time and place to HMCG. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 007110


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