Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5188
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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.
33139 24/11/2019 NCI Porthcawl In contact with CG to investigate distress beacon signal. SAR helo and ILB also involved. Signal found to be from military at St Athan airbase. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 34619
33152 24/11/2019 NCI Felixstowe Reported to CG as visual on grounded FV. Monitored and updated when ILB towed it off on rising tide. NCI Yes Yes 24634
33112 21/11/2019 NCI Newhaven Liaised with CG over an AIS activated alarm message. Incident established as being inland. Assumed to be a malfunction. nfa NCI No Yes 34424
33134 20/11/2019 NCI Penzance CG requested any visual on unconscious kite surfer reported on beach. Casualty had been monitored but beach was not visible. Air ambulance attended. MCA/HMCG No Yes 34395
33124 19/11/2019 NCI Nare Point Reported drifting buoy to seaweed farm and CG. Local IFV in area also advised. Monitored its drift. NCI No Yes n/n
33127 17/11/2019 NCI Needles CG contacted over concern for 2 kayakers in possible trouble. ILB attended and found them to be safe. nfa NCI Yes Yes 34226
33042 17/11/2019 NCI Exmouth Relayed MoP report of unidentified object on beach to CG. CRT and EOD Team attended. Object identified as wagon wheel base for mooring. nfa NCI No Yes 34230
33005 15/11/2019 NCI Worms Head CG requested monitoring of two MoP and dog reported 'over the cliff' and weather conditions.. Updated when rescue helo and CRT attended to recover all three safely and unhurt. MCA/HMCG No Yes 34043
32982 12/11/2019 NCI Hornsea Reported to CG two climbers having difficulty. Monitored as CRT attended to confirm them now safe. NCI No Yes 33851
32985 12/11/2019 NCI Porthcawl In contact with CG and harbourmasters concerning foreign FV attempting a crew change in bad weather. Monitored ongoing situation and updated contacts until all observed as safe. NCI No Yes 33845
33004 11/11/2019 NCI Calshot Tower Reported to CG that sinking yacht was visual. Updated when AWLB, ferry and police boat attended to remove crew prior to vessel actually sinking. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 33759
32944 10/11/2019 NCI Teignmouth Reported to CG concern over a swimmer and surfboarder in dangerous conditions. Targets monitored and CG informed when both located as safe ashore. NCI No Yes 33665
32951 07/11/2019 NCI Polruan Reported drifting vessel to CG. Monitored and updated as LB attended to tow in safely. NCI Yes Yes 33486
32861 04/11/2019 NCI Porthcawl CG requested visual search for large object MoP reported at sea. Sweep and CRT had no sighting but ILB reported large logs which could be the object. nfa FAWGI MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 33249
32942 04/11/2019 NCI Gosport CG requested any visual on swimmer reportedly 'in difficulty'. No sighting due to poor visibility. Updated when CRT and ambulance attended. MCA/HMCG No Yes 33272
32844 02/11/2019 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported grounded yacht with no one onboard to CG. Local council team attended and confirmed it empty and owner informed. NCI No Yes n/n
32819 02/11/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported stranded whale to CG. Updated as British Divers Marine Life attended to deal with it. NCI No Yes 33071
32821 01/11/2019 NCI Calshot Tower CG requested visual watch on downed kite surfer. Updated when ILB attended to bring him safely ashore. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 32986
32783 31/10/2019 NCI Southend Reported to CG two MoPs in possible difficulty. CRT attended the Station to be briefed. MoPs seen to be safely fishing. nfa NCI No Yes 31929
32806 30/10/2019 NCI Portland Bill CG requested visual check on small catamaran FV reportedly 'in trouble'. Target identified and monitored until out of sight. Presumed to be safe. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 32834
32767 29/10/2019 NCI Bass Point CG requested visual search for capsized kayak. Target sighted and CRT updated. No casualty observed. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 32733
32751 28/10/2019 NCI Exmouth In contact with CG and Exmouth harbourmaster concerning drifting channel buoy. NFA as the buoy drifted out of sight. NCI No Yes n/a
32754 28/10/2019 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported FV aground to CG. Monitored and updated when crew managed to pull her off. NCI No Yes 32700
32768 28/10/2019 NCI Worms Head Reported to CG lone male in possible danger from tide. ILB, Helo and CRT activated but no contact. Assumed to have returned safely. nfa NCI Yes Yes 32697
32734 27/10/2019 NCI Nells Point Reported to CG five MoPs heading for flooded causeway. CRT and ILB tasked together with Sully SC safety boat to ensure they managed to cross safely. Another 2 were brought ashore by ILB. NCI Yes Yes 32597
32769 27/10/2019 NCI Gosport Reported visual on grounded yacht to CG. Pilot Boat and Gosport LB in attendance. Updated as crew reported being 'safe'. LB towed it off on rising tide. NCI No Yes 32601
33014 27/10/2019 NCI Gwennap Head CG requested any observation of climber reported falling. Contact maintained with CG and ambulance crew during recovery of casualty. Accompanying climbers advised to contact NCI in emergency. MCA/HMCG No Yes 32548
32735 27/10/2019 NCI Porthcawl Reported to CG a surfer in trouble with a kayaker and paddleboarders trying to assist. ILB and CRT attended to land all safely.ashore. NCI Yes Yes 3593
32743 26/10/2019 NCI Boscastle CG requested visual search for missing person. CRT also engaged. No sighting obtained, MoP ultimately found safe by CRT. MCA/HMCG No Yes 32461
32832 26/10/2019 NCI Torbay CG requested any visual contact on PWC reportedly 'broken down'. No contact sighted. NCI Froward Pt report it moving normally. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 32228
32784 26/10/2019 NCI Southend Reported to CG a kite-surfer trapped in boom. Monitored and updated when he managed to get clear. ILB stood down. NCI Yes Yes 3447
32726 26/10/2019 NCI Porthdinllaen Relayed MoP report of abandoned equipment on cliff top to CG. CRT attended but no trace of owner found, nfa NCI No Yes 32467
32733 26/10/2019 NCI Porthcawl Reported to CG one MoP stuck in mud. CRT and RNLI crew attended to pull him out safely. Other MoPs requested not to help to avoid further casualties. NCI Yes Yes 32445
33081 21/10/2019 NCI Holehaven Reported and monitored police attendance at Green Peace climbers and attending RIB. No casualties. NCI No Yes n/n
32621 20/10/2019 NCI Calshot Tower Advised CG that yacht with engine failure transmitting a PanPan was visual. Updated when Hamble LB towed it in. NCI Yes Yes 0311
33340 20/10/2019 NCI Holehaven Reported to CG Greenpeace activists practising rock climbing . Police, ILB and Harbourmaster attended but nfa as they had permission from the ownet NCI Yes Yes n/n
32766 19/10/2019 NCI Folkestone CG requested observation of reportedly 'suspicious' vessels. Targets identified as five kayakers. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
32669 18/10/2019 NCI Mundesley Relayed to CG an MoP report of youths close to danger on cliff. Updated when they were seen to move off safely. nfa NCI No Yes 31859
32611 16/10/2019 NCI Calshot Tower CG requested observation of kite surfers reported in water. Targets identified. Updated when they reached shore safely. ILB launched and stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 31686
32593 15/10/2019 NCI Lyme Bay Watchkeepers attended MoP collapsed on beach. Ambulance attended to casevac casualty. NCI No Yes n/n


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