Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5912
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.

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.
40383 30/11/2021 NCI Folkestone NCI heard radio traffic re. MOP fallen down cliff. Assisted ambulance personal with directions, and looking for casualty. CRT and HELO tasked. Casualty recovered and transferred to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 041969
40365 29/11/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI re. overdue swimmer not returned to beach. Scan of area only saw 1 swimmer changing. MOP who reported incident confirmed swimmer safe and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 041906
40335 27/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed RIB broken down. HMCG informed. NCI asked to monitor, winds gusting to 30 kts. ILB tasked and towed RIB to shore. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 041750
40312 26/11/2021 NCI Torbay NCI heard assistance request from yacht to HMCG. NCI had visual, sails flapping. AWLB tasked and assisted yacht. No action by NCI MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 041666
40303 25/11/2021 NCI Newhaven Police requested NCI look for lady reported missing. Watch kept open until dark to aid search, lady found and NCI stood down. Police No Yes POL822
40308 24/11/2021 NCI Stone Point NCI reported to HMCG a radio report of a white flare. Visual search requested, one vessel at anchor seen. Observation maintained, NCI No Yes 041459
40259 22/11/2021 NCI Penzance HMCG requested NCI search following a MOP report of white flashing lights offshore. Nothing seen. MCA/HMCG No Yes 040823
40275 22/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI offered assistance to HMCG re. man overboard from fishing boat, with boat still motoring unattended. Visual on boat, and casualty. AWLB, ILB, HELO tasked, casualty recovered, boat beached. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 041269
40244 20/11/2021 NCI Mablethorpe Red Flare spotted from fishing boat. HMCG issued May Day relay. NCI gave position. LB tasked, took vessel under tow to shore, and vessel recovered by tractor. NCI Yes Yes 041096
40249 19/11/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn NCI observed lone kayaker out in adverse conditions. HMCG informed, and NCI asked to monitor. Second kayaker joined him and both returned to shore safely. NCI No Yes 040887
40255 19/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on distressed MOP close to cliff. Police, CRT, and ILB tasked. Visual established, CG informed. Police moved casualty to safety, units stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 040894
40257 15/11/2021 NCI Swanage NCI observed yacht dismasted, occupier waving arms. HMCG informed, AWLB tasked, and conned onto casualty by NCI. Casualty towed to harbour. NCI Yes Yes 040462
40173 14/11/2021 NCI Stone Point NCI observed beached yacht. W/K spoke with occupant, assured he was Ok. HMCG informed, CG mobile attended, and due to damage, LB tasked to tow yacht off at hight tide. NCI Yes Yes 040201
40190 14/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on surfer with potential dislocated shoulder. Difficult due to conditions and numbers in sea, however others observed in difficulty. CRT and ILB tasked, 4 surfers helped. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 040350
40207 14/11/2021 NCI Southend 3 MOP observed walking on MOD land. Managers advised. HMCG advised of possibly being cut off. CRT, ILB and hovercraft tasked. MOP ashore and received advice. NCI Yes Yes 040388
40168 13/11/2021 NCI Gwennap Head 2 MOP handed in to NCI a bag containing syringes and controlled drugs found on beach. HMCG informed, HELIMED made arrangements to collect. NCI No Yes 037814
40196 13/11/2021 NCI Teignmouth MOP reported to NCI an upturned boat drifting out of harbour on outgoing tide. HMCG informed. ILB tasked and recovered vessel. NCI Yes Yes 040280
40201 13/11/2021 NCI Gosport Pan Pan for yacht grounding . Ryde rescue attended, and TS stood by. Yacht refloated and proceeded under its own power to marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 040263
40141 10/11/2021 NCI Cromer NCI W/K checked beach and observed a large rock fall. No public present. HMCG informed, also local Council. NCI No Yes 039920
40143 10/11/2021 NCI Nells Point Police asked NCI for CCTV re. car on quay. Not immediately available, NCI asked to inform if car moved. Police later reported car moved by owner. Police No Yes POL898
40123 07/11/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested visual on kite surfer reported capsized by MOP. Visual established and casualty recovered by inflatable. MCA/HMCG No Yes 039550
40102 06/11/2021 NCI Newhaven NCI observed large anchor buoy washed up on beach. HMCG informed. 3 MOP rolled it onto car park. Port worker secured buoy, and it was removed by port authority. NCI No Yes 039422
40089 05/11/2021 NCI Torbay NCI informed of incident - 2 MOP 1 in water, 1 on rocks. W/K established visual. ILB tasked and recovered casualties and transferred to ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 039263
40092 05/11/2021 NCI Great Orme Pan Pan from rowing boat in difficulty. Yacht and ILB quickly on scene, and took casualties on board, and towed boat to shore NCI Yes Yes 039276
40098 05/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed 4 MOP about to be cut off by tide. HMCG informed, situation monitored and CRT tasked. CRT confirmed coves cut off but no-one visible so assumed safe. NCI No Yes 039317
40095 04/11/2021 NCI Hornsea Police reported to NCI missing vulnerable adult. Visual lookout requested. Search carried out, nothing seen. Police No Yes POL287
40068 03/11/2021 NCI Charmouth NCI informed that MOP had fallen and had head injury.HMCG informed, advised 999 for ambulance, but long wait. CRT transported casualty to hospital. NCI No Yes n/a
40071 03/11/2021 NCI Lyme Bay NCI received email reporting dead cetacean on beach. NCI had visual. HMCG informed and dealt with incident. NCI No Yes 039170
40051 02/11/2021 NCI Mablethorpe MOP approached NCI re. missing person. HMCG informed. CG mobile arrived and NCI stood down. NCI No Yes 038964
40059 02/11/2021 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea 3 MOP observed about to be cut off by tide. HMCG informed. ILB tasked. ILB picked up casualties, waited for tide to rise, and brought all to safety NCI Yes Yes 038940
40030 01/11/2021 NCI Mablethorpe HMCG requested station be opened to assist in search for missing vulnerable male. Ambulance requested use of DeFib. Missing person located and treated. HELO and CRT involved. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 03805
40043 01/11/2021 NCI Porthcawl Upturned craft observed by NCI. HMCG informed. LB and CRT tasked, recovered kayak, and owner made contact, and collected kayak from LB station. NCI Yes Yes 038838
40066 01/11/2021 NCI Shoreham Agitated MOP observed on breakwater. Police informed. Casualty calmed down, Police informed, casualty gave his name, and Police stood down. NCI No No POL737
39992 30/10/2021 NCI Stone Point NCI observed mud barge drifting. HMCG advised. barge reported fuel problem. Tug sent to assist, and took under tow. NCI No Yes 038502
39999 30/10/2021 NCI Charmouth 3 MOP in danger of being cut off by tide. HMCG informed, CRT tasked, also LB. Now 6 casualties. 1 MOP happy to stay until tide ebbs, others safe. NCI Yes Yes 038585
40209 29/10/2021 NCI Torbay MOP observed by NCI possibly about to be cut off by tide. HMCG informed, asked NCI to monitor. MOP reached safety without help. NCI No Yes 038517
39987 28/10/2021 NCI Caister MOP reported to NCI children clothing and bag found on beach. W/K recovered items, noted position and informed HMCG. ILB stood by, CRT recovered items. MOP later claimed items and apologised. NCI Yes Yes 038419
39989 27/10/2021 NCI Prawle Point Police contacted NCI re. missing person. Not seen for 10 days. CRT and LB searching also. Nothing found Police No Yes POL546
40352 27/10/2021 NCI Stepper Point HMG phoned NCI re. 999 call about 2 casualties with boat in trouble. Visual established, 2 in water. NCI monitored situation, one casualty got other into boat, paddled to shore, and waded to safety MCA/HMCG No Yes 038350
40231 26/10/2021 NCI Nare Point Pan Pan from yacht aground, 4 POB, incl. double amputee. NCI advised HMCG 2 yachts standing by. AWLB tasked, used inflatable to get line aboard. As tide rises yacht freed and escorted to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 038268


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