Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5413
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.
36079 24/09/2020 NCI Nare Point Reported to CG drifting unmanned yacht. ILB launched to tow into the Helford. NCI Yes Yes 032500
36023 23/09/2020 NCI Worms Head CG requested any sighting of MoP suffering asthma attack. No contact due to weather conditions. Monitored casualty's recovery by CRT, Helo, ILB and ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 032370
36020 23/09/2020 NCI Prawle Point CG requested any sighting of 5 kayakers. Sighting and monitoring confirmed until they had entered harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 32369
36129 22/09/2020 NCI Hornsea Reported to CG a FV in trouble with some crew in water. Monitored and updated when Inshore Rescue and helo attended. NCI No Yes 032270
36036 22/09/2020 NCI Bass Point Reported vessel anchored close to BT cable to BT Marine. Latter checked it as reasonably clear and would monitor it. NFA NCI No No n/n
36128 22/09/2020 NCI Hornsea Reported to CG two paddle boarders in possible trouble. Hornsea Inshore Rescue attended but targets needed no help. NCI No Yes 32239
36005 22/09/2020 NCI Felixstowe CG requested any sighting of beached missing kayak. Searched but no sighting to report. MCA/HMCG No Yes 032171
35999 21/09/2020 NCI Calshot Tower In contact with CG monitoring recovery by LB and CRT of downed kite surfer entangled in rigging. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031608
35977 20/09/2020 NCI Skegness Reported to CG as visual with frequent faller. CRT attended. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
36021 20/09/2020 NCI Penzance CG requested scan for swimmer in possible difficulty. Numerous swimmers sighted but none in trouble. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 818815
35979 20/09/2020 NCI Porthcawl Sighted, reported to CG and monitored disabled PWC in strong ebb tide. ILB attended to recover safely. NCI Yes Yes 031879
35993 20/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed MoP report of grounded RIB to CG and HM. Updated when refloated on rising tide. NCI No Yes 031891
35996 20/09/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Confirmed to CG as visual with sinking vessel and reported cruise liner nearby. Latter confirmed in sight. Updated when LB found crew already saved. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 032078
35997 20/09/2020 NCI Boscastle Monitored tasking of LB to reported drifting object. Updated when LB reported an 'electric' kayak requiring no movement by crew, fawgi MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031839
36004 20/09/2020 NCI Felixstowe Relayed MoP report of beached dead seal to CG. Directed CRT to target who informed local council for removal. NCI No Yes n/n
36013 20/09/2020 NCI Nare Point Reported drifting buoy to CG. Monitored and updated as it entered the Helford River. NCI No Yes n/n
35973 20/09/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG as visual with disabled vessel. Monitored and updated safe recovery by AWLB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031820
35978 19/09/2020 NCI Porthcawl Reported to CG concern for two paddle boarders in strong current. Monitored and updated recovery by ILB and CRT. NCI Yes Yes 031703
35992 19/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported capsized kayaker and assisting PWC also capsized to CG. Updated as local water taxi and ILB assisted in recovery. NCI Yes Yes 031574
35968 19/09/2020 NCI Fleetwood Reported downed kite surfer to CG. Monitored and updated when he managed to reach shore. NCI No Yes 031629
35969 19/09/2020 NCI Fleetwood Reported capsized PWC to CG. Monitored and updated when second PWC assisted him, NCI No Yes 038616
35967 19/09/2020 NCI Worms Head Sighted and reported stranded MoPs to CG. CRT and ILB attended to recover to mainland. NCI Yes Yes 031694
35972 19/09/2020 NCI Porthdinllaen MoP reported injured walker. Advised HMCG who requested monitoring of situation and tasked CRT. CRT assisted casualty to golf course car park to meet ambulance. NCI No Yes 031588
35974 19/09/2020 NCI Charmouth CG requested sighting of paddle boarder and kayak reportedly 'in trouble'. Sighting confirmed, monitored and updated on recovery by ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031573
35980 18/09/2020 NCI Nells Point Confirmed to CG as visual with disabled single-handed yacht in strong gale and with no radio. Updated when towed in by AWLB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031328
35954 18/09/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Reported to CG as visual with disabled MV. Monitored and assisted other vessel to R/V and tow in. NCI No Yes 031449
35961 18/09/2020 NCI Lyme Bay Reported concern over paddle boarders to CG. Monitored and updated when seen to reach safety. NCI No Yes 031465
35959 18/09/2020 NCI Nare Point Relayed Mayday call from yacht with injured crewman to CG. ILB attended to bring him ashore. Yacht SEBA also attended. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/k
35938 17/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported yacht with steering trouble to CG. ILB tasked to tow in. NCI Yes Yes 031189
35937 17/09/2020 NCI Worms Head Reported stranded MoPs to CG. ILB and CRT activated to bring safely to shore. NCI Yes Yes 031210
35943 17/09/2020 NCI Nells Point Reported possible stranding of MoPs to CG. Monitored and updated when they waded ashore waist deep. nfa NCI No Yes n/n
35951 17/09/2020 NCI Bass Point Relayed report from parent of missing man to CG. Updated when target by chance passed NCI Station and was asked to phone parent. NFA NCI No Yes 021161
35953 17/09/2020 NCI Bass Point CG requested sighting of MV struggling in heavy weather. Target sighted after 1 hour and AWLB given position to assist in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 037184
35998 17/09/2020 NCI Penzance Confirmed to CG that MB with injured crewman was visual. Monitored and updated as LB attended and reported casualty not serious. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031184
35942 17/09/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested a sighting of anglers tidebound. Group identified and monitored. All recovered to shore by ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031263
35940 17/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported drifting yacht to CG. ILB and another yacht assisted to tow in. NCI Yes Yes 031201
35941 17/09/2020 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual search for two swimmers reported by MOP. Swimmers located, not apparently in difficulty. Monitored until safely ashore. Advised CG. MCA/HMCG No Yes 031256
35939 17/09/2020 NCI Exmouth Local RNLI requested monitoring of swimmer in possible difficulty in strong current. Sighted until he reached safety. nfa RNLI Yes Yes n/n
35928 16/09/2020 NCI Nells Point Reported MoPs potentially tidebound to CG. Monitored and updated when they managed to get to shore, LB stood down MCA/HMCG No Yes 031063
35929 16/09/2020 NCI Fleetwood Reported drifting RIB to CG. Directed AWLB to unseaworthy casualty to tow in. NCI Yes Yes 031037


Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

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