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.
40098 05/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed 4 MOP about to be cut off by tide. HMCG informed, situation monitored and CRT tasked. CRT confirmed coves cut off but no-one visible so assumed safe. NCI No Yes 039317
40095 04/11/2021 NCI Hornsea Police reported to NCI missing vulnerable adult. Visual lookout requested. Search carried out, nothing seen. Police No Yes POL287
40068 03/11/2021 NCI Charmouth NCI informed that MOP had fallen and had head injury.HMCG informed, advised 999 for ambulance, but long wait. CRT transported casualty to hospital. NCI No Yes n/a
40071 03/11/2021 NCI Lyme Bay NCI received email reporting dead cetacean on beach. NCI had visual. HMCG informed and dealt with incident. NCI No Yes 039170
40051 02/11/2021 NCI Mablethorpe MOP approached NCI re. missing person. HMCG informed. CG mobile arrived and NCI stood down. NCI No Yes 038964
40059 02/11/2021 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea 3 MOP observed about to be cut off by tide. HMCG informed. ILB tasked. ILB picked up casualties, waited for tide to rise, and brought all to safety NCI Yes Yes 038940
40030 01/11/2021 NCI Mablethorpe HMCG requested station be opened to assist in search for missing vulnerable male. Ambulance requested use of DeFib. Missing person located and treated. HELO and CRT involved. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 03805
40043 01/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl Upturned craft observed by NCI. HMCG informed. LB and CRT tasked, recovered kayak, and owner made contact, and collected kayak from LB station. NCI Yes Yes 038838
40066 01/11/2021 NCI Shoreham Agitated MOP observed on breakwater. Police informed. Casualty calmed down, Police informed, casualty gave his name, and Police stood down. NCI No No POL737
39999 30/10/2021 NCI Charmouth 3 MOP in danger of being cut off by tide. HMCG informed, CRT tasked, also LB. Now 6 casualties. 1 MOP happy to stay until tide ebbs, others safe. NCI Yes Yes 038585
39992 30/10/2021 NCI Stone Point NCI observed mud barge drifting. HMCG advised. barge reported fuel problem. Tug sent to assist, and took under tow. NCI No Yes 038502
40209 29/10/2021 NCI Torbay MOP observed by NCI possibly about to be cut off by tide. HMCG informed, asked NCI to monitor. MOP reached safety without help. NCI No Yes 038517
39987 28/10/2021 NCI Caister MOP reported to NCI children clothing and bag found on beach. W/K recovered items, noted position and informed HMCG. ILB stood by, CRT recovered items. MOP later claimed items and apologised. NCI Yes Yes 038419
40352 27/10/2021 NCI Stepper Point HMG phoned NCI re. 999 call about 2 casualties with boat in trouble. Visual established, 2 in water. NCI monitored situation, one casualty got other into boat, paddled to shore, and waded to safety MCA/HMCG No Yes 038350
39989 27/10/2021 NCI Prawle Point Police contacted NCI re. missing person. Not seen for 10 days. CRT and LB searching also. Nothing found Police No Yes POL546
40029 26/10/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG contacted NCI re. Police request to look for dispondent person. AWLB tasked. Activity observed at point, and incident dealt with. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 038286
39965 26/10/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Kite sail observed blowing in wind, HMCG informed. Surf shop informed. Patrol recovered sail and reunited it with owner. NCI No Yes 038283
40231 26/10/2021 NCI Nare Point Pan Pan from yacht aground, 4 POB, incl. double amputee. NCI advised HMCG 2 yachts standing by. AWLB tasked, used inflatable to get line aboard. As tide rises yacht freed and escorted to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 038268
39981 25/10/2021 NCI Needles NCI observed oil tanker go aground. HMCG informed. ALB tasked to standby. Master reported no damage and waited for next high tide to refloat. NCI Yes Yes 038166
39915 23/10/2021 NCI Torbay May Day heard from motor boat with loss of power. NCI had visual and confirmed position to HMCG. Another vessel took casualty under tow, May Day cancelled. MCA/HMCG No Yes 037886
39916 23/10/2021 NCI Stone Point Yacht reported loss of mast to HMCG. NCI had visual. LB tasked, secured mast, and vessel got back underway. LB escorted to ensure no problem, then returned to station. NCI Yes Yes 037798
39960 23/10/2021 NCI Exmouth Day fishing vessel requested assistance from HMCG. ILB tasked, NCI confirmed visual, and ILB escorted casualty to safety. NCI Yes Yes 037901
39980 23/10/2021 NCI Needles NCI observed large floating object, reported to HMCG. Visual maintained until passed from view. NCI No Yes 037779
39979 22/10/2021 NCI Needles HMCG phoned NCI re. floating object. Visual established on two objects, and monitored. ILB involved. Identified as large mass of seaweed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 037778
39875 21/10/2021 NCI Exmouth MOP reported to NCI a dinghy, unmanned, adrift in river. NCI had visual, HMCG informed and confirmed appropriate action would be taken. NCI No Yes 037661
39871 20/10/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent MOP fell on beach close to NCI Station. Suspected broken hip. Ambulance called, but did not arrive. HMCG informed, CRT provided first aid until ambulance finally arrived and casualty moved to hospital NCI No Yes 037609
39486 18/10/2021 NCI Calshot Tower HMCG phoned NCI - request look out for unmanned RIB. LB tasked, but stood down when person crouching was seen to be aboard. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 037423
39833 16/10/2021 NCI Mablethorpe Fishing vessel reported to NCI a buoy was missing from harbour entrance. Reported to HMCG, who informed yacht club to replace missing buoy. NCI No Yes 037200
39830 16/10/2021 NCI Worms Head MOP reported canister with warning label on rocks. Reported to HMCG and photos sent. Specialist personal directed to scene but dark, so to be dealt with next day. NCI No Yes 037212
39832 16/10/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. 2 MOP in rowing boat possibly in difficulty. Visual search revealed kayak with 2 POB but not in trouble. NCI monitored. MCA/HMCG No Yes 037244
39822 15/10/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual from NCI on paddle boarder in difficulty. Nothing seen NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 037064
39785 11/10/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on walker with injured leg. CRT tasked, and HELO, and ILB as casualty in water. AWLB also present. Casualty airlifted to hospital. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 036752
39752 09/10/2021 NCI Worms Head MOP reported to NCI possible human bones at foot of cliff. HMCG informed, Police visited site, CSI to investigate and remove items. NCI No Yes 036460
39758 09/10/2021 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea NCI observed beached vessel. HM made aware, and HMCG. ILB tasked, removed 3 casualties, and took vessel under tow. Safely returned to harbour NCI Yes Yes 036447
39759 09/10/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed MOP trying to cross river, with incoming tide. HMCG informed. LB tasked, and CRT, but after extensive search, family not seen. Assumed to be inland and out of danger. NFA NCI Yes Yes 036511
39762 09/10/2021 NCI Calshot Tower RIB reported with no-one on board. Visual confirmed to HMCG. CG later confirmed RIB recovered, believed to be race marker. NCI No Yes 036621
39763 09/10/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Pan Pan from vessel with engine failure, requesting tow. NCI had visual and updated CG. Vessel taken under tow by motor cruiser and entered river. MCA/HMCG No Yes 364492
39786 09/10/2021 NCI Exmouth NCI observed two yachts aground. HMCG informed, visual maintained. ILB attended, both yachts refloated, CG informed. NCI Yes Yes 036629
39811 09/10/2021 NCI Needles NCI heard May Day from yacht, unanswered by HMCG. Relayed by phone. 2 vessels standing by, 1 took casualty under tow. AWLB took over tow to safety. NCI Yes Yes 036459
39751 08/10/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. surfer in difficulty. Visual requested, and after extensive search with cameras no problem seen. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 036342


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