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.
8118 02/09/2008 NCI Exmouth Assisted in recovery of disabled yacht with description etc. ILB towed in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 4065
8117 01/09/2008 NCI Exmouth Co-operation with MRCCs and Hbr Mstr to locate dinghy with 4 MoP. Located ashore at Lyme Regis MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 3400
8116 31/08/2008 NCI Fleetwood Reported live leaking gas bottle on beach. Fire Brigade and Environmental Health attended. NFA NCI No No
8115 31/08/2008 NCI Charlestown Reported MoP in possible danger. LBs attended. False alarm with good intent. NFA NCI Yes Yes 3391
8114 31/08/2008 NCI Portland Bill Corrected position of dive boat with casualty to CG. Helo attended to lift to hospital. NCI No Yes 4041
8113 30/08/2008 NCI Prawle Point Reported disabled RIB and monitored recovery by ILB updating CG NCI Yes Yes 3367
8112 27/08/2008 NCI Polruan CG requested monitoring of disabled FV. Towed in by yacht OWL. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
8111 25/08/2008 NCI Mundesley Relayed MoP report of possible mine ashore. CG and Police informed. NFA NCI No Yes
8110 22/08/2008 NCI Bass Point Relayed faint radio traffic from disabled FV off Manacles Reef. ILB attended to tow in. NCI Yes Yes 3226
8109 21/08/2008 NCI Portland Bill Reported dismasted yacht in Race. Helo on scene as yacht fired flares. Local press coverage. NCI No Yes
8108 19/08/2008 NCI Skegness Passed MoP report of drunk frightening children. Police and ambulance attended. NFA NCI No Yes
8107 18/08/2008 NCI Portscatho Observed reported and monitored windsurfer in difficulties. Landed themselves safely. NFA NCI No Yes
8106 13/08/2008 NCI Mundesley CG requested info on 'canoeist in trouble'. ILB established was OK. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
8105 12/08/2008 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Reported and cared for injured child and family. Paramedic attended and removed casualty. NCI No Yes 135762
8104 09/08/2008 NCI Portscatho Reported missing swimmer. ILB and CG attended. Swimmer landed himself safely. NFA NCI Yes Yes 2953
8103 03/08/2008 NCI Mundesley Reported object in sea. Lifeguard identified it as a water drum. NFA NCI No Yes
8102 03/08/2008 NCI Mundesley Reported object in sea. ILB identified it as an inflatable toy. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8101 02/08/2008 NCI Skegness Reported grass fire to Fire Brigade. No conclusion reported. NCI No No 136198
8100 02/08/2008 NCI Fleetwood Reported downed kitesurfer. ILB attended and landed surfer unhurt NCI Yes Yes
8099 01/08/2008 NCI Cape Cornwall Corrected position of yacht calling MAYDAY to CG. LB attended to tow in NCI Yes Yes 2773
8098 30/07/2008 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Reported child cut off by tide with exhausted father. LB attended to land them and others NCI Yes Yes
8097 27/07/2008 NCI Whitstable Provided dressing for child with cut foot. Parent took him to hospital A&E Dept. NCI No No
8096 26/07/2008 NCI Prawle Point Monitored and updated CG re disabled yacht. Engine restarted. NFA NCI No Yes 2646
8095 24/07/2008 NCI Exmouth Co-operation with CG to check on downed kitesurfer. Casualty helped ashore by others. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2603
8094 24/07/2008 NCI Exmouth Co-operation with CG to rescue downed kitesurfers. Three landed safely. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2601
8093 21/07/2008 NCI Prawle Point Located apparently unmanned FV reported by MoP. Spotted crew onboard. NFA NCI No Yes 2522
8092 21/07/2008 NCI Rame Head Reported handbag found by MOP body found below cliffs by CG and police helo recovered by LB NCI Yes Yes 2522
8090 20/07/2008 NCI Teignmouth Off-watch NCI member reports disabled MB drifting out. CG informed. Local boat towed in. NFA NCI No Yes 2494
8089 20/07/2008 NCI Prawle Point Reported disabled dinghy and alerted nearby boat by hailer. Craft towed in. Reports to CG. NCI No Yes 131720
8088 20/07/2008 NCI Fleetwood Reported MoP cut off by tide. Man and dog waded ashore and interviewed by CG NCI No Yes 131663
8087 20/07/2008 NCI Fleetwood Reported disabled MB in surf. ILB attended and towed in. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8086 20/07/2008 NCI Nells Point Reported six MoP cut-off by tide. Landed by lifeboats. NFA NCI Yes Yes 131787
8085 20/07/2008 NCI Nells Point Reported disabled yacht drifting ashore. LB attended and towed in. NCI Yes Yes 131698
8091 20/07/2008 NCI Folkestone Off-duty NCI member reports distressed MoP in water. Police and ambulance attended rescue. NCI No No 1730
8084 19/07/2008 NCI Charlestown Reported Mayday from MB taking water. Ferry and LB attended to pump out and tow in. NCI Yes Yes 2478
8083 15/07/2008 NCI Skegness Reported inflatable in difficulties. ILB launched but dinghy reached shore unaided. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8082 15/07/2008 NCI Penzance Refined position of dismasted yacht to CG. Monitored recovery by another yacht and LB. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
8081 14/07/2008 NCI Froward Point Reported disabled MC near rocks and possible assisting craft. ILB attended and towed in. NFA NCI Yes Yes 131121
8080 13/07/2008 NCI Fleetwood Reported two motorcyclists cut off by tide. Escorted to safety by CG. NCI No Yes
8079 13/07/2008 NCI Fleetwood Reported and directed rescue of 2 MoP and dogs cut off by tide. ILB and LB attended rescue. NCI Yes Yes


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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