Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5802
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.
38198 05/06/2021 NCI Great Orme 10 MoPs seen on sandbank with tide coming in. Station Manager used loudhailer to alert party to danger and ILB launched. All members of party returned safely (just in time). NCI Yes Yes 015753
38201 05/06/2021 NCI Nells Point MoP reported jet skier floating in water away from machine and unresponsive. HMCG advised and tasked RNLI. After short search established that casualty was actually floating debris. All stood down. NCI Yes Yes 015745
38208 05/06/2021 NCI Exmouth Observed two swimmers near buoy. MoP also reported. Harbour master returned casualties to shore. NCI No No
38210 05/06/2021 NCI St Alban's Head MoP reported walker with suspected broken ankle. Alerted HMCG who tasked CRT. Ambulance arrived but due to difficult location Helo was deployed and casualty airlifted to hospital. NCI No Yes 015721
38183 04/06/2021 NCI Torbay NCI overheard HMCG requesting ILB search for inflatable being swept out to sea. Object seen, but not the one in question. Nothing else seen, and after further search by NCI and ILB incident closed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015549
38172 03/06/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested observation of kite surfer in difficulty. Located casualty but not in apparent danger. Observation maintained and reached shore safely MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015402
38187 03/06/2021 NCI Calshot Tower 015367HMCG requested sighting of swimmer in difficulty. Possible sighting passed on to HMCG and ILB launched and made contact. Swimmer returning to family. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015367
38150 02/06/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Call from HMCG to investigate yacht aground, having fouled underwater object. NCI asked to monitor LB tasked and towed yacht to boat yard for invspection. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 015125
38111 01/06/2021 NCI Newhaven NCI called port authority re. vessel engine failure. Advised vessel to call HMCG, and NCI asked to monitor. Yacht nearby took vessel in tow safely to harbour. NCI No Yes 014451
38177 01/06/2021 NCI Holehaven 4 MOP appeared inebriated on slipway, one already fallen in water and self rescued. NCI asked to monitor, and party eventually walked away out of sight. NCI No Yes 017917
38520 01/06/2021 NCI Polruan Pan Pan from yacht on passage to Polruan, taking in water. HMCG asked NCI to monitor. Yacht entered harbour safely under its own power. MCA/HMCG No Yes 014930
38130 01/06/2021 NCI St Alban's Head SART alert received on AIS screen. NCI called HMCG with position. HMCG to investigate. NFA NCI No Yes 014920
38134 01/06/2021 NCI Fleetwood 2 MOP plus dog being cut off by tide. Advised HMCG. Lifeguard approached casualties. ILB tasked and NCI asked to monitor.. CRT involved. Casualties all recovered safely to shore, as well as CRT NCI Yes Yes 14971
38148 01/06/2021 NCI Nells Point CRT reported to NCI a black flotation ring in water, unattended. HMCG advised ring in sight but no one with it. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
38149 01/06/2021 NCI Stone Point MOP reported to NCI lost child. HMCG alerted. Police and LB tasked. Child found safe and well MMO Yes Yes 014956
38580 01/06/2021 NCI Gosport HMCG requested visual search for kite surfer possibly in trouble. Reported nothing seen. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 014947
38170 31/05/2021 NCI Hornsea Jet ski observed in trouble. 2nd jet ski helped push casualty to beach. HIR tasked and attempted to tow but too heavy with water so left on beach for later recovery NCI Yes Yes 14638
38120 31/05/2021 NCI Exmouth 2 MOP observed drifting on inflatable on outgoing tide. RNLI lifeguards brought casualties to safety on PWC. NCI Yes Yes n/a
38335 31/05/2021 NCI Wooltack Point Vessel radioed HMCG - MOP in distress on cliff. NCI asked for visual. W/K located casualty, comforted her. CRT/ILB/HELO tasked. Casualty transferred to safety, reunited with family. RNLI Yes Yes 014761
38124 31/05/2021 NCI Shoreham Ch65 call received from PWC re. PWC broken down 500m off beach. HMCG informed. HMCG unable to contact, NCI observed, and Informant and casualty reached shore safely NCI No Yes 014598
38405 31/05/2021 NCI Needles Yacht aground on bank. AWLB on scene, skipper happy to await next high water. NCI monitored, Pan Pan cancelled. ILB assisted and vessel refloated NCI Yes Yes 014548
38127 31/05/2021 NCI Shoreham NCI monitored call from yacht to HMCG reporting loss of power. Visual established. AWLB tasked, and liaised with NCI to establish position. Casualty recovered by LB to marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014798
38524 31/05/2021 NCI Needles Yacht observed aground, AWLB in attendance. Wait for tide to refloat, but then AWLB retasked to assist, with ILB, casualty refloated and continued passage MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014548
38135 31/05/2021 NCI Boscastle 2 MOP observed being cut off by tide. Attempted to self rescue. HMCG alerted, CRT and ILB tasked. I casualty self recovered over rocks, no sign of 2nd. AWLB tasked but no sign so units stood down NCI Yes Yes 14838
38142 31/05/2021 NCI Porthcawl Speedboat with 4 POB observed with engine problems. Drifting to rocks. No life jackets. HMCG informed ILB and AWLB tasked and towed back to safety. NCI Yes Yes 014621
38143 31/05/2021 NCI Porthcawl Request from HMCG re MOP cut off by tide. Nothing seen, but CRT and ILB tasked. 1 casualty sighted making way back to beach. ILB reported 1 potentially cut off. All safe eventually. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
38110 31/05/2021 NCI Fleetwood NCI informed HMCG of 5 MOP +2 dogs cut off by tide. CRT on scene, got them to sandbank, ILB picked up family, also CG officers. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 14644
38168 31/05/2021 NCI Nells Point Cabin Cruiser observed with engine failure. . Tender attempted to rescue. HMCG advised, and called 'All Vessels' for help. LB tasked, and directed to casualty by NCI, and towed to safety. NCI Yes Yes 014785
38095 30/05/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG request NCI visual on cabin cruiser with engine failure and anchor cable snapped. ILB tasked. One POB jumped into sea and reached shore, and vessel beached. Decided to leave for high tide. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014268
38097 30/05/2021 NCI Worms Head MOP with head injury. NCI asked for weather conditions. CRT and Helo deployed and casualty transferred to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 014331
38100 30/05/2021 NCI Nells Point 5 MOP on Sully Island as causeway about to close. HMCG advised of risk. Monitored and eventually reached shore. NCI No Yes n/a
38101 30/05/2021 NCI Torbay NCI observed 2 MOP cut off by tide, reported to HMCG. Observed climbing cliffs, reached tree line and out of sight. CRT attended. NCI No Yes 014483
38091 29/05/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG asked NCI for visual on motor launch with engine failure. Confirmed at anchor 300m off beach. ILB tasked, and towed casualty to harbour, monitored by NCI. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014148
38093 29/05/2021 NCI Porthcawl Mayday for cabin cruiser with 4 POB aground on rocks. NCI requested to maintain visual. ILB and AWLB tasked and managed to tow off rocks, and return to marina. CC not taking on water, and all safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 014095
38204 29/05/2021 NCI Gwennap Head MoP reported 2 kayakers in water. First casualty reached land, second struggling. Out of sight of station. HMCG advised, requested further info. Second casualty then reached land. NFA NCI No Yes 014112
38105 29/05/2021 NCI Exmouth NCI relayed call to HMCG from motor vessel with engine failure. Monitored as RIB and MLI arrived on scene and casualty towed to safety NCI Yes Yes 014076
38163 29/05/2021 NCI Brancaster NCI observed 3 MOP in danger of being cut off by tide. HMCG informed, CRT tasked, and advised safe route back to safety. NCI No Yes 014115
38122 28/05/2021 NCI Shoreham Call monitored from cargo vessel at anchor re. oil slick. Source estimated to be from the shore. . HMCG issued warning to shipping. NCI No Yes 013945
38081 28/05/2021 NCI Fleetwood NCI reported to HMCG possible objects in water, close to where a fishing boat had been seen, which was no longer visible. LB tasked, inspects objects, no concerns. NCI Yes Yes 13881
38082 28/05/2021 NCI Torbay NCI heard HMCG and CRT discussing PWC with 2 POB on rocks. ILB tasked. Visual sweep revealed PWC not on rocks but being towed by dinghy from nearby cabin cruiser. All safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 013940


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