Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 6169
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.
9011 18/02/2009 NCI St Alban's Head Assisted reuniting of mother with lost child looked after other children meanwhile. Child found safe NCI No Yes 454
9010 12/02/2009 NCI Folkestone Reported drifting unoccupied dinghy possible danger to shipping.Recovered by FV.NFA NCI No Yes 336
9009 11/02/2009 NCI Portland Bill Co-operated with CG in rescue of crew of sinking motor cruiser. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 377
9008 28/01/2009 NCI Nells Point Reported major floating debris to CG. Securitay message issued.NFA NCI No Yes 172
9007 26/01/2009 NCI Canvey Island Reported unmanned yacht aground to HM.PLA launch remoored it. No damage. NFA NCI No No
9006 25/01/2009 NCI Shoreham Reported drifting drysuit. ILB investigated and reported as empty 'flotsam'.NFA NCI Yes Yes
9005 25/01/2009 NCI Stepper Point Reported possible downed kitesurfer to CG.Surfer beached safely.NFA NCI No Yes 284
9003 17/01/2009 NCI Teignmouth Reported possible downed windsurfer confirmed by CG Mobile. ILB identified as large log. NFA NCI Yes Yes 180
9002 17/01/2009 NCI Stepper Point Reported downed windsurfer. CG Mobile paged. ILB recovered casualty and damaged sail. NCI Yes Yes 147835
9001 02/01/2009 NCI Fleetwood Directed LB to disabled RIB.RIB and crew recovered safely. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
8148 02/12/2008 NCI Mundesley Monitored radio traffic re manoverboard from ferry. NFA MCA/HMCG No No
8147 16/11/2008 NCI Herne Bay Co-operated with CG to arrange tow of disabled vessel by LB. Towed o port no injuries. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
8146 15/11/2008 NCI Mundesley Reported MoP report of object in sea. NFA NCI No Yes
8145 13/11/2008 NCI Mundesley Reported MoP report to police of vandalism to shelter. Police file ref. CR58100/08/2. NFA NCI No No
8144 05/11/2008 NCI Boscastle Co-operated with CG to assist in rescue of dog over cliff. Presumed rescued after Station closed. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 142763
8143 02/11/2008 NCI Mundesley Co-operation with CG re vessel near Gas terminal. Identified as RN sheltering ! NFA Police No Yes
8142 02/11/2008 NCI Hornsea Reported surfer in distress. Rescued by jetskiers. SVLB team treated and ambulance attended. NCI No Yes
8141 01/11/2008 NCI Prawle Point Assisted positioning of disabled yacht and monitored tow by ILB to Salcombe. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 4243
8140 30/10/2008 NCI Fleetwood Reported youths injuring cyclist with firework. Police Ambulance and Fire Bde. Attended. NCI No No
8139 20/10/2008 NCI Folkestone Co-operated with Police re stolen car over cliff edge. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
8138 18/10/2008 NCI Southend Reported kite surfer tangled in boom. LB attended and landed swimmers ashore. NFA NCI Yes Yes 3306
8137 12/10/2008 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Reported 2 MoP and dogs cut off by tide. CG and ILB attended to land potential casualties safely NCI Yes Yes 3092
8136 12/10/2008 NCI Nells Point Monitored 2 MoP cut off by tide wading ashore and reported their safe arrival ashore. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 83084
8135 11/10/2008 NCI Nells Point Monitored 4 MoP cut off by tide. Lifeboat brougt them ashore. NFA NCI Yes No 140605
8134 03/10/2008 NCI Worms Head Assisted injured MoP. CG and Air Ambulance tasked. Casualty flown to A&E. NCI No Yes 2997
8133 29/09/2008 NCI Prawle Point Relayed MoP report of abandoned clothing and dinghy. CG and ILB attended. Assessed as 'old'. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8132 28/09/2008 NCI Teignmouth Reported jetskis in collision.CG paramedic LB and helo launched.One casevac to A&E one in shock. NCI Yes Yes 3801
8131 27/09/2008 NCI Worms Head Reported two MoP cut off by tide. Cliff Rescue and ILB attended. MoP landed by ILB. NFA NCI Yes Yes 2939
8130 26/09/2008 NCI Portland Bill Monitored yacht disabled off PBL. SMIT craft tasked but craft made harbour when tide turned NCI No Yes 4251
8129 24/09/2008 NCI Mundesley MoP handed in 8 inch knife from beach. Delivered to police station. NFA NCI No No
8128 19/09/2008 NCI Skegness Reported possible liferaft adrift. CG and ILB tasked. ILB though thought object to be small boat. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8127 18/09/2008 NCI Teignmouth Reported capsized speedboat. ILB towed to shore. No casualties. NFA NCI Yes Yes 3657
8126 16/09/2008 NCI Nells Point Reported large tree and flotsam danger to vessels. NCI No Yes 2804
8125 16/09/2008 NCI Nells Point Reported long plastic pipe and drum danger to small craft. LB attended to recover. NCI Yes Yes 2802
8124 14/09/2008 NCI Felixstowe Reported red flare from small boat. ILB attended and established flare fired in error. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8123 13/09/2008 NCI Prawle Point Clarified posit of MC with u/s engine to CG and monitored tow by FV and Harbour Launch. NCI No Yes 3567
8122 12/09/2008 NCI Prawle Point Clarified position of yacht with u/s engine to CG and monitored tow in by Harbour Launch. NCI No Yes 3560
8121 11/09/2008 NCI Skegness Reported downed kitesurfer. CG requested continue observation. Surfer gained shore. NFA NCI No Yes
8120 07/09/2008 NCI Nells Point Assisted in recovery of manoverboard from yacht (Boom strike). Casualty lifted by helo but DOA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2759
8119 03/09/2008 NCI Fleetwood Reported live gas bottle on beach. Fire Brigade attended to remove. NFA NCI No No


Currently 57 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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