Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5302
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.
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
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
35491 09/08/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Reported grounded yacht to CG. Monitored and updated when Solent Rescue attended to tow clear without damage. NCI No Yes 023915
35495 09/08/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed MoP report to CG of PWCs and RIBs operating dangerously near beach. NFA as CG had been overwhelmed with similar reports. NCI No Yes n/n
35499 09/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested camera search for missing child. No sighting on camera. Mother later reported child found safe and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 024241
35466 09/08/2020 NCI Fleetwood CG requested search for family reportedly cut off by tide. Targets eventually seen wading ashore. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 024031
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
35759 09/08/2020 NCI Folkestone Worked with CG and Folkestone Rescue to recover drifting unmanned inflatable. NCI No Yes n/n
35481 09/08/2020 NCI Polruan CG requested monitoring of recovery of washed ashore kayak. Search completed but no sighting of any casualty. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
35489 08/08/2020 NCI Rhoscolyn Reported to CG injured elderly male on beach. CRT, helo and paramedics attended and casualty transferred to ambulance by stretcher for casevac as road illegally blocked. NCI No Yes 23574
35459 08/08/2020 NCI Torbay Reported to CG that vessel taking in water was visual. Monitored and updated when AWLB towed her in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 23783
35960 08/08/2020 NCI Lyme Bay Reported concern over kayakers to CG. Monitored and updated when seen to be safe. NCI No Yes 023538
35450 08/08/2020 NCI Worms Head Reported to CG two MoPs tidebound on Island. CRT and ILB attended to bring potential casualties ashore. NCI Yes Yes 023797
36121 07/08/2020 NCI Gosport Reported disabled vessels to CG. Directed police RIBs to casualties to be towed in. NCI No Yes 023213
35504 07/08/2020 NCI Holehaven Informed police of youths creating anti-social disturbance. Police attended to speak to them but behaviour continued. NCI No No n/n
35438 07/08/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested visual search for swimmers being swept out. Area scanned in hazy weather but no sighting. They were later reported safe. MCA/HMCG No Yes 023290
35440 07/08/2020 NCI Mablethorpe Relayed to CG MoP report of missing child. Updated when informed that child had been found safe. NCI No Yes 023308
35445 07/08/2020 NCI Nells Point Reported number of people tidebound on Sully Island. ILB and CRT attended and after safety advice elected to remain on the Island. NCI Yes Yes 023431
35446 07/08/2020 NCI Felixstowe CG permitted NCI to contact drifting yacht with advice to anchor. Monitored and updated when ILB towed it in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 023402
35455 06/08/2020 NCI Mundesley Relayed to CG report of two paddleboarders on one board and without lifejackets. Targets sighted and monitored. Updated when they made shore safely. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
35420 06/08/2020 NCI Skegness Provided correct position of disabled yacht to CG for ILB to escort in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 23092
35497 06/08/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested any camera sighting of body reported at cliff base. No sighting in poor visibility. Updated when CRT and paramedic attended and casualty recovered to police vehicle. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
35436 06/08/2020 NCI Nells Point Reported to CG walkers trying to cross flooded causeway to island. Monitored and updated when they turned back. NCI No Yes 023102
35404 05/08/2020 NCI St Ives Reported to CG a paddle-boarder and swimmer in difficulty in outgoing spring tide. ILB attended to land both safely. NCI Yes Yes 022744
35419 05/08/2020 NCI Calshot Tower CG requested visual search for missing PWC rider. No sighting before close down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 22691
36124 05/08/2020 NCI Gosport CG requested lookout for missing PWC driver after unmanned craft found. No sighting. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 022591
35411 05/08/2020 NCI Cromer CG informed of child on inflatable being blown out. Monitored and updated when swimmer managed to get it back to shore. NCI No Yes 022795
35418 05/08/2020 NCI Stone Point CG requested visual search for possibly missing person. CRT and LB also tasked and empty PWC found but no further sighting. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022691
35417 05/08/2020 NCI Stone Point Monitored and updated CG on recovery of disabled vessel by LB. NCI Yes Yes 22769
35413 04/08/2020 NCI Penzance Relayed call from yacht with concern over five kayaks in poor conditions to CG. AWLB and ILB attended to escort in safely. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 22655
35444 04/08/2020 NCI Cromer Notified CG of three children climbing dangerous cliff. NCI No Yes n/n
35519 04/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported paddleboarder towing a kayak to CG. No further sighting. nfa NCI No Yes 022615


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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