Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5291
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,
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.
35630 21/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested visual check for swimmers reportedly 'at risk'. Area checked and only two open water swimmers detected in no difficulty. FAWGI nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
35627 21/08/2020 NCI Felixstowe CG requested visual check for surfing boy reported 'in trouble'. ILB and CRT attended. Target sighted and established as in no danger recovering lost board. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026742
35625 21/08/2020 NCI Cromer CG requested visual search for possibly missing person after clothing and watch found on beach. Police, LB and CRT attended but no one found. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 076695
35632 20/08/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported windsurfer in possible trouble to CG. Monitored and updated when he managed to get righted safely. NCI No Yes 026578
35661 20/08/2020 NCI Chapel Point MoP reported to HMCG two inflatables in water, no persons visible. HMCG asked for visual search for casualties. None seen by NCI or ILB. Incident closed, NFAR. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026481
35618 20/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested visual check on object reported by police as possible body in water. Target sighted and reported to CG as a log. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 026405
35619 20/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Provided initial emergency care and reported to CG re collapsed lady in vicinity. CRT and ambulance attended to remove to hospital. NCI No Yes 026468
35694 19/08/2020 NCI Nare Point Provided accurate position of disabled yacht to CG. Monitored and updated when towed in by AWLB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 26208
35612 19/08/2020 NCI Worms Head Reported to CG MoPs tidebound on Island (in spite of warning). CRT and ILB deployed to bring them safely (but wet) to mainland. NCI Yes Yes 026256
35592 18/08/2020 NCI Felixstowe CG requested visual search for possibly missing swimmers. No sighting. 2 LBs, Helo, police, CRT, and ambulance attended. Targets later found safely ashore. Targets made shore. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026014
35593 18/08/2020 NCI Mablethorpe Monitored and updated removal of distressed seal from beach by Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary. NCI No Yes n/n
35594 18/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that yacht with rope entanglement was visual. Monitored and updated when lifeboatmen cleared her rudder. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026038
35600 18/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Provided CG of position of yacht with engine failure and sick crew. Monitored and updated when crewman was helo lifted off anf ILB towed target in.. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 26033
35587 17/08/2020 NCI Exmouth CG requested visual search for dog missing in sea. No sighting but target later found safe ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 025900
35588 17/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Provided accurate position to CG of yacht with rudder/sail problem plus other craft in area. AWLB assisted in freeing sail. . MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025917
35572 16/08/2020 NCI Rame Head Reported to CG that disabled yacht was visual. Monitored and updated when she was towed in by Marina workboat. MCA/HMCG No Yes 025733
35604 16/08/2020 NCI St Alban's Head Reported RIB with engine problems to CG. Monitored and updated when it was towed in by passing vessel. NCI No Yes 025656
35603 16/08/2020 NCI St Alban's Head Advised HMCG of rib with internittent engine failure. Later advised HMCG that passing vessel had taken rib under tow.Monitored until out of sight. advised HMCG. who confirmed rib safe. NCI No Yes 025656
35765 16/08/2020 NCI Needles CG requested monitoring of recovery of drifting FV by ALB. CRT, Police and ambulance attended. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025709
35857 16/08/2020 NCI Needles Assisted CG with radio comms to disabled motor cruiser. Monitored and updated its recovery by Lymington ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025739
35562 15/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested visual search for lady reported as fallen on rocks. Target sighted, camera link made and position passed for CRT, helo and ILB to attend to recover to ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025484
35564 15/08/2020 NCI Stone Point Reported to CG as visual on grounded yacht. CG confirmed they were in contact with target which was awaiting flood tide. NCI Station cleared to close down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 25458
35591 15/08/2020 NCI Felixstowe Reported to CG a small possibly overloaded raft offshore. Target monitored and updated when it made shore safely. NCI No Yes 25408
35558 15/08/2020 NCI Portscatho Reported open unmanned boat to CG. ILB launched. Owner found ashore. nfa NCI Yes Yes 025481
35563 14/08/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Monitored and updated CG on recovery of child drifting in inflatable ring by mother. ILB paged but stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 25278
35551 14/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested any sighting of paddle boarder reportedly in trouble. Target sighted and updated when he made the beach. Lifeguards alerted and updated when he made it to shore. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025240
35683 13/08/2020 NCI Folkestone Relayed MoP report of dinghy in possible trouble to CG. Target sighted and monitored. Updated when he managed to reach shore safely. nfa NCI No Yes 025125
35541 13/08/2020 NCI Mundesley Relayed to CG MoP report of youths climbing unstable cliff face. CRT attended, youths had left with no casualties. Cliff fall confirmed. NCI No Yes 025069
35543 13/08/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed call to CG from yacht snagged on lobster line. Passing vessel assisted. nfa NCI No Yes 025114
35545 13/08/2020 NCI Fleetwood Reported concern over children potentially tidebound to CG. Updated when they managed to wade ashore. CRT stood down. NCI No Yes 25085
35516 12/08/2020 NCI Torbay CG requested visual monitoring of disabled RIB. Target identified and CG updated when it was towed in by another one. MCA/HMCG No Yes 024834
35527 12/08/2020 NCI Newhaven Police requested any sighting of missing person. No sighting. Target later reported in contact with mother. nfa Police No Yes 024951
35524 12/08/2020 NCI Calshot Tower CG CRT requested search for yacht operating in odd manner. No sighting. Target later found aground by police. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 024780
35535 12/08/2020 NCI Teignmouth CG informed of five children swimming in strong tide in shipping channel. CG updated later that targets were recovered to shore by a paddle boarder. NCI No Yes 024846
35645 12/08/2020 NCI Nare Point Reported to CG observation of racing yacht hitting a rock. Monitored and updated when it freed itself and proceeded for slipping inspection. NCI No Yes n/n
35508 11/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Relayed call from kayak concerning disabled FV without radio to CG. NCI No Yes 024617
35509 11/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported suspicious persons landing to CG. NCI No Yes 024627
35476 09/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Co-ordinated with CG and LB to recover disabled yacht. LB attended to tow in. NCI Yes Yes 024039
35477 09/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head LB requested monitoring of disabled dory until iit was clear to attend. Updated when LB towed it in. RNLI Yes Yes n/n
35478 09/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head In contact with CG while monitoring recovery of drifting dinghy by LB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 024159


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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