Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5194
Alternatively select a specific year to see how many Incidents were reported for that 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.
34821 01/06/2020 NCI Torbay Reported to CG visual contact on disabled sports boat. Updated when Torquay HM towed it in. MCA/HMCG No Yes 12249
34799 01/06/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested watch on drifting upturned inflatable. Target sighted and monitored and reported but nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 12426
34780 31/05/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported empty inflatable being blown offshore. CRT attended, target momitored until it reached shore. nfa NCI No Yes 12130
34783 31/05/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested visual check on PWC reportedly taking on water. Target identified for a time until NCI Swanage took over monitoring. Casualty towed in by RNLI. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 12156
34788 31/05/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported tiring inflatable crew struggling shorewards to CG. Monitored and updated when they made it to beach. NCI No Yes 12294
34773 30/05/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed MoP report of two possibly incapable and underequipped males adrift in channel. ILB attended to bring them and gave advice on carrying correct safety gear. NCI Yes Yes 11899
34796 29/05/2020 NCI Penzance CG requested any sighting of kayaker in potential danger. No sighting by NCI or CRT which also attended. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
34763 28/05/2020 NCI Holehaven CG requested any sighting of MB reported with engine failure. Target out of visual range but assisted to identify location and ultimately reported casualty being towed in safely by passing craft.. MCA/HMCG No Yes 11528
34765 28/05/2020 NCI Nells Point Opened otherwise closed Station to assist CG CRT in search for missing person. NCI trustee informed. Police Helo and ILB also activated until casualty found safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 11551
34770 28/05/2020 NCI Exmouth Reported drifting inflatable with two onboard. Updated when it made shore. NCI No Yes 11580
34775 28/05/2020 NCI Torbay Relayed MoP report of inflatable 'in trouble' to CG Target sighted and monitored until it reached harbour safely. NCI No Yes 1409
34759 27/05/2020 NCI Rame Head Reported to CG overheard faint call for assistance from disabled inflatable. Monitored and reported its recovery by passing RN landing craft. NCI No Yes 11403
34795 25/05/2020 NCI Stepper Point Reported upturned vessel to CG. Monitored situation as ILB and Harbour Patrol activated and advised Mobile Rescue to attend at RNLI Station. Three people recovered but sadly one later died. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 11064
34778 24/05/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed MoP report of PWC operating dangerously to Harbourmaster who sent mobile unit to deal with offender. NCI No Yes n/a
34753 23/05/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested any sighting of drifting unoccupied inflatables. Targets not visible. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 10805
34738 23/05/2020 NCI Newhaven CG requested any sighting of MoPs fishing illegally. Targets reported and mobile unit attended. . MCA/HMCG No Yes 10784
34737 23/05/2020 NCI Exmouth CG requested any sighting of missing MoP. Safety services attended and target found safe at home. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 10756
34744 22/05/2020 NCI Exmouth Relayed MoP report of grounded yacht to CG. Photo transmitted for identification. No crew visible. nfa NCI No Yes n/n
34739 21/05/2020 NCI Cape Cornwall Reported large debris in water to CG. RNLI attended and found items from wreck abandoned earlier. nfa NCI Yes Yes 10490
34706 16/05/2020 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent Reported capsized dinghy unable to recover to CG and requested RNLI support. Two exhausted crew rescued safely. NCI Yes Yes 9866
34325 18/03/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested visual check on MoP report of craft 'in trouble'. Confirmed that they were military RIBs on exercise. FAWGI nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 5637
34312 17/03/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported lady in wheelchair very close to crumbling cliff edge. Watchkeeper spoke to her but she refused to move. CRT and police attended and took over the incident. NCI No Yes 5575
34335 17/03/2020 NCI Porthcawl Tried to pass MoP report of abandoned disability scooter to police but no contact on 101. Landline established and CG also advised. No owner present and taken to be simple breakdown. NFA NCI No Yes n/n
34290 15/03/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested scan of beach for injured MoP reported. Updated as casualty sighted being recovered to hospital by friends. MCA/HMCG No Yes 5408
34426 15/03/2020 NCI Shoreham Reported to CG kayaker waving for help. Monitored and updated CG, HM and RNLI when he made it ashore safely. nfa NCI Yes Yes 5394
34282 14/03/2020 NCI Penzance CG requested monitoring of two paddle-boarders reportedly 'in diificulty'. ILB attended. Targets sighted and found to be safe. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 5297
35251 14/03/2020 NCI Nare Point Reported to CG one kayak in possible trouble in heavy swell. Monitored and updated when it moved out of sight safely.. NCI No Yes 018473
34284 14/03/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported downed kite surfer to CG. ILB attended, recovered kite and found owner safe on beach. NCI Yes Yes 5332
34289 13/03/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested any sighting of debris MoP reported in water. Area scanned but nothing seen. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 5215
35602 13/03/2020 NCI St Alban's Head Reported floating object possibly a buoy to CG. nfa NCI No Yes 005223
34244 10/03/2020 NCI Fleetwood Reported grounded vessel to CG. Monitored and updated as local vessel passed and confirmed it unmanned. Recovery to be arranged, nfa NCI No Yes 5037
34260 08/03/2020 NCI Southend In contact with CG over discovery of abandoned surfboard reported by MoP. No casualties found. Incident closed. NCI No Yes 4834
34209 08/03/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested visual check on paddle boarders 'in trouble' reported by MoP. Target sighted and CG updated when they returned to beach. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 4828
34214 08/03/2020 NCI Porthcawl Reported concern over downed wind surfer to CG. Monitored and updated when he managed to struggle ashore. NCI No Yes 4882
34215 08/03/2020 NCI Porthcawl CG requested observation of MoP report of person in danger on pierhead. Target identified and CG updated when fisherman seen to be safe. MCA/HMCG No Yes 4889
34223 07/03/2020 NCI Penzance CG CRT requested camera check for missing MoP and dog. Targets sighted safe and well. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
34248 07/03/2020 NCI Stone Point Reported capsized dinghy with two crew to CG. AWLB attended but stood down when no casualties sighted. Craft returned to shore. NCI Yes Yes 4759
34247 07/03/2020 NCI Calshot Tower Relayed Pan Pan from rudderless yacht to CG. Monitored non.RNLI LB attending as yacht proceeded safely. NCI No Yes 4772
34200 07/03/2020 NCI Hengistbury Head CG requested visual check on MoP's report of disabled vessel. NCI confirmed that it was stopped and fishing. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 4744
34202 07/03/2020 NCI Porthcawl Reported downed wind-surfer to CG. ILB directed to casualty and two surfers in difficulty returned safely to shore for CRT assessment. NCI Yes Yes 4765


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