Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 6324
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.
41102 26/02/2022 NCI Gosport Pan an issued by vessel in harbour entrance. Crew member with back injury. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. Vessel proceeded to marina and met by CRT and ambulance. MCA/HMCG No Yes 004284
41156 26/02/2022 NCI St Donat's Bay Cabin Cruiser reported limited engine power, NCI requested to monitor. Vessel then dialled 999 to report engine failure. NCI reported no immediate danger. AWLB tasked and towed casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 004301
41083 25/02/2022 NCI Bass Point Unknown station called HMCG requesting assistance for kayaker with possible broken ribs. Signal unreadable, but NCI relayed message by phone. NCI requested to respond on Ch16, but nothing heard. , CRT tasked, as well as ambulance, NCI asked to monitor. Casualty recovered and passed to ambulance. NCI No Yes 004233
41104 24/02/2022 NCI Penzance HMCG called NCI re. 999 call from MOP - paddle boarder causing concern. No visual as CCTV inoperative. ILB tasked to search. All assets stood down. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 004167
41080 24/02/2022 NCI Boscastle HMCG requested visual by NCI on fishing vessel reported by MOP to be in difficulty. Visual established, no apparent problem, so vessel monitored until station closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 004145
41060 22/02/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head MOP called NCI to report possible upturned dinghy. HMCG tasked ILB so NCI monitored situation until casualty towed to shore MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 004049
41051 21/02/2022 NCI Mablethorpe Police reported to NCI a missing vulnerable person. Police and CRT met at NCI Station and CCTV checked. Telephone contact made with casualty, and was found in Skegness Police No Yes 003950
41071 21/02/2022 NCI Gosport Yacht aground on Ryde sands. AWLB and HELO tasked. NCI informed HMCG they had visual, 4 POB. Casualty refloated on tide, and escorted back to harbour by LB MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 003946
41042 20/02/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI re. kite surfers possibly in trouble. No visual contact due to poor visibility. Observation continued but no visual. casualty reported to have self rescued. MCA/HMCG No Yes 003842
41000 14/02/2022 NCI Torbay NCI observed S.E.marker Buoy for Scallop farm was missing. Farm owner and harbour Master informed. HMCG informed but no Ref. No. issued. NCI No Yes n/a
41041 14/02/2022 NCI Mablethorpe MOP reported sighting of Palm Oil on beach. CG responded but unable to locate. NCI advised CG that Council tractor was on beach and may have removed oil. CG continued search NCI No Yes 003305
40982 13/02/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head Police informed NCI of potential suicide victim at Hengisbury head. HMCG also involved. Nothing visual. Casualty found at home address and taken into custody. NFA Police No Yes 003257
40981 12/02/2022 NCI Froward Point Yacht declared May Day due to loss of steerage. HMCG responded. NCI had visual - CG informed and asked NCI to monitor. AWLB tasked, and took casualty under tow. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 003187
41062 12/02/2022 NCI Folkestone HMCG reported to NCI a climber in difficulty on cliffs. Casualty not visible from lookout so W/K investigated. W/K located casualty and gave WTW reference. , CRT tasked and ambulance took casualty to hospital MCA/HMCG No Yes 003184
40965 10/02/2022 NCI Fleetwood HMCG requested assistance from NCI concerning 2 MsOP walking with dog in danger of being cut off by tide. 2 + dog observed., ILB tasked and casualties taken on board and returned to safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 003072
40939 06/02/2022 NCI Nells Point NCI requested search for object/person in water. Only a yellow marker buoy seen. CRT tasked, and confirmed sighting. MCA/HMCG No Yes 002781
40946 06/02/2022 NCI Charmouth HMCG requested NCI to observe paddle boarder in difficulty. Casualty located, and appeared to be struggling. Weather was deteriorating - CG informed., ILB tasked, but casualty refused assistance so ILB returned to station. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 002778
41061 06/02/2022 NCI Folkestone MOP reported to HMCG abandoned objects on beach. AWLB tasked but nothing found. CG informed NCI that owner of objects identified and safe and well at home. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 002751
40937 06/02/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG requested NCI look for 3 kayakers, reported by MOP. Nothing seen, but informed CG thatHMS Severn may be able to help. Incident closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 002767
40936 05/02/2022 NCI Exmouth MOP reported to HMCG kite surfer in difficulty. NCI scanned area for 30 minutes - nothing seen. Reported that casualty safe on beach MCA/HMCG No Yes 002673
40919 04/02/2022 NCI Fleetwood AIS Sart alert heard by NCI HMCG informed. Screenshot taken and forwarded to CG. CG continued to investigate. NCI No Yes 002618
40932 04/02/2022 NCI Chapel Point Two motorcyclists in sand dunes MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
40916 03/02/2022 NCI Exmouth NCI obsered IFV apparently aground. HMCG informed, NCI asked to monitor. IFV free of sandbank 20 minutes later, GC informed NCI No Yes 002545
40917 02/02/2022 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed large cabin cruiser drifting down channel, then turning and making way against tide. Vessel observed to drift again, then try to motor against tide. HMCG informed., Vessel called CG on 999, ILB tasked. and established tow. AWLB tasked to assist and took over tow. NCI lost sight of incident, Casualty eventually towed to marina NCI Yes Yes 002463
40956 31/01/2022 NCI Mundesley MOP reported to NCI that a large part of the sea defences had been damaged, near lifeboat station. HMCG contacted, photos forwarded, local CG visited site. NCI No Yes 002323
40901 31/01/2022 NCI Caister NCI heard radio traffic re. dog in water. NCI searched area. CRT involved, but puppy not found. MCA/HMCG No Yes 002325
40923 31/01/2022 NCI Swanage HMCG requested NCI assist in search for missing diabetic patient. Police and CRT also involved. Casualty found near home unharmed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 002336
40920 30/01/2022 NCI Torbay As NCI were closing down, HMCG asked for visual on Jet Ski reported by MOP. NCI monitored Jet Ski and informed CG small boat had under tow., ILB arrived and escorted both to harbour, all well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 002259
40858 29/01/2022 NCI Torbay NCI had 'Man Overboard' alert on radar. HMCG asked if NCI had visual - negative. CG called vessel, as did AWLB which had been tasked. It transpired that a dive vessel was showing wrong AIS I/d., Vessel asked to turn off MOB beacon. NCI Yes Yes 002146
40860 29/01/2022 NCI Mablethorpe HMCG requested NCI open station to aid in search for missing person.Police aware. Nothing seen on visual or camera search. Missing person eventually found in Scegness MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 002138
40856 27/01/2022 NCI Shoreham NCI observed objects drifting across harbour entrance. HMCG advised, ILB tasked to investigate. Object was rucksack with helmet. ILB retrieved objects, found passport, and phone. , extensive search revealed nothing, Police attended. NCI Yes Yes n/a
40835 23/01/2022 NCI St Donat's Bay MOP called 999 to report person in water. HMCG HELO then contacted CG requesting assistance retrieving training mannequin. AWLB retrieved mannequin. NCI confirmed this was reported casualty. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 001724
40817 21/01/2022 NCI Fleetwood NCI detected AIS - SART alarm. HMCG informed. Dredger informed CG that it had inadvertently caused alarm while setting AIS. NFA NCI No Yes 001619
40794 17/01/2022 NCI Newhaven HMCG advised NCI that MOP had reported a kayaker overdue. NCI had been monitoring him, and observed him safely reaching beach, identified as person of concern. MCA/HMCG No Yes 001333
40793 16/01/2022 NCI Porthcawl NCI observd 2-3 MOP in danger of being cut off by tide. HMCG informed, and requested NCI continue to monitor. CCTV link established. , 2 casualties observed slowly clambering over rocks, and reached safety. CG informed, NFA NCI No Yes 001252
40795 16/01/2022 NCI Hornsea NCI observed MOP cut off by tide, informed HMCG, who had been asked for help. ILB tasked, took casualties on board and returned them to safety. All well. NCI Yes Yes 001245
40769 15/01/2022 NCI Felixstowe Yacht phoned lookout to report engine failure. Message passed to HMCG who tasked ILB to recover. Yacht advised on correct PanPan procedure. NCI Yes Yes 001153
40777 15/01/2022 NCI Newhaven Advised HMCG of vessel calling on Ch16 to report out of fuel and gave vessel's name and position. HMCG issued PanPan and requested help from any vessel in area. HMCG requested position update., HMCG updated position and repeated request for help. Local workboat took casualty under tow. Advised HMCG when casualty safely at berth in Newhaven Marina. HMCG cancelled PanPan. NCI No Yes 001151
40778 15/01/2022 NCI Newhaven Reported vessel aground on Seaford beach - gave position. 4 persons safe ashore, vessel in no danger. CRT tasled tp assist. CRT advised HMCG no further assist required, vessel will be refloated at, next high tide. NCI No Yes 001158
40773 15/01/2022 NCI Prawle Point Day angler contacted HMCG with engine failure, requested assistance. NCI had visual. HMCG requested any vessel nearby, and motor cruiser went to casualty. Tow arranged by friend, and cruiser continued, Casualty towed to safety by friend. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a


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