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.
8078 13/07/2008 NCI Herne Bay Reported position of disabled sportsboat to CG. Flare sighted LB attended and towed in. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
8077 10/07/2008 NCI Boscastle CG requested info on disabled RIB. Nothing visible but reported safe arrival later NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
8076 08/07/2008 NCI Froward Point CG requested watch on disabled MB. Reported repaired and underway. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 2375
8075 04/07/2008 NCI Prawle Point Reported yacht fouled by crabpot line in F6 wind. LB and helo tasked to tow and lift 1 crew NCI Yes Yes 2297
8074 03/07/2008 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Relayed MoP report of injured youth. CG and helo attended to casevac to A&E. NCI No Yes
8073 30/06/2008 NCI Charlestown Reported three MoP cut off by tide. Fowey ILB attended and landed them at Charlestown NCI Yes Yes 2246
8072 29/06/2008 NCI Fleetwood Co-operation with CG and LB to save MoP cut off by tide. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
8071 29/06/2008 NCI Stepper Point Liaised with CG to task Air Ambulance to injured walker. Attended casualty until paramedics arrived. NCI No Yes
8070 28/06/2008 NCI Skegness Reported two inflatables in difficulty. ILB launched and recovered to shore. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8069 28/06/2008 NCI Skegness Reported swimmer in difficulties. ILB already at sea. Swimmer reached shore unaided. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8068 28/06/2008 NCI Polruan Co-operated with CG to locate overdue vessel. Located and returned to harbour MCA/HMCG No Yes
8067 28/06/2008 NCI Polruan Reported position of disabled MB. CG asked Harbour Patrol to tow in. NCI No Yes
8066 28/06/2008 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Reported injured MoP on beach. Paramedics and Air ambulance attended. NCI No Yes 129846
8065 27/06/2008 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Involved in rescue by MoP of children in drifting dinghy. LB stood down. NFA NCI No Yes
8064 25/06/2008 NCI Rame Head MoP reported unmanned dinghy adrift. Observed and reported. CG and ILB attended. NFA NCI Yes Yes 2197
8063 25/06/2008 NCI Froward Point Observed and reported dinghy in possible danger. Passing yacht assisted on CG request. NFA NCI No Yes 2189
8062 25/06/2008 NCI Froward Point Observed and reported dinghy in possible danger. Passing yacht assisted on CG request. NFA NCI No Yes 2189
8061 22/06/2008 NCI Exmouth CG requested search for dismasted yacht. Reported position. LB attended. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2136
8060 22/06/2008 NCI Teignmouth Reported disabled PWC. Lifeboat attended and towed in. NFA NCI Yes Yes 2148
8059 22/06/2008 NCI Newhaven NCI proactive in spotting swimmer reported in difficulties and monitoring rescue. NCI Yes Yes 2357
8058 21/06/2008 NCI Teignmouth Reported MoP face down on sandbar. ILB attended. Casualty found to be OK. NFA NCI Yes Yes 2130
8057 21/06/2008 NCI St Alban's Head Reported disabled powerboat in Round Britain race. Weymouth LB attended and towed in. NCI Yes Yes 2342
8056 19/06/2008 NCI Exmouth Reported downed windsurfer in difficulty. Beach rescue on scene as surfer landed. NFA NCI No Yes
8055 18/06/2008 NCI Folkestone Reported contact by MoP re MC being damaged by sea on pier. CG Mobile attended. NCI No Yes
8054 17/06/2008 NCI Skegness Reported swimmers in danger. ILB launched. Swimmers regained shore to be interviewed NCI Yes Yes
8053 17/06/2008 NCI Skegness Reported windsurfer in difficulties. ILB paged but surfer regained shore. NFA NCI No Yes
8052 16/06/2008 NCI Fleetwood Station members involved in assisting police in recovery of corpse on shoreline Police No No
8051 16/06/2008 NCI Gwennap Head Help given to home LB onto yacht. Station asked by CG to transmit but licence is not held. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
8050 12/06/2008 NCI Newhaven Co-operation with CG to locate disabled motor cruiser. LB towed into harbour. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2283
8048 11/06/2008 NCI Exmouth Assisted LB to find disabled RIB. Towed in. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 128479
8047 10/06/2008 NCI Worms Head Relayed MoP report of injured fisherman. Sat with casualty until Cliff Rescue arrived. NCI No Yes 12836
8046 10/06/2008 NCI Charlestown Informed CG of disabled dinghy being towed ashore by swimmers. ILB attended. NCI Yes Yes 2027
8045 08/06/2008 NCI Nells Point Observed and reported canoeist in possible danger in moderate sea. Landed safely. NFA NCI No Yes 128003
8044 08/06/2008 NCI Polruan Co-operation with CG to locate disabled MB. Harbour patrol towed in. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
8043 08/06/2008 NCI Worms Head Co-operation with CG to locate two missing of a coasteering party. Located safely. MCA/HMCG No Yes 128070
8042 07/06/2008 NCI Portland Bill Co-operation with CG to monitor overdue yacht. Yacht safely berthed in Weymouth. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 2105
8041 06/06/2008 NCI Exmouth Corrected position of grounded yacht to CG. ILB attended and towed off NCI Yes Yes 1343
8040 04/06/2008 NCI Newhaven Assists LB using CallConnect to locate disabled FV. Thanked by both SCG and RNLI MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2062
8039 24/05/2008 NCI Nells Point Reported failed jetski to CG Swansea. MVS patrol boat contacted and towed to harbour. NCI No Yes 125906
8038 24/05/2008 NCI Boscastle Requested by CG to search for missing kayak. Nothing in sight. Kayak found ashore. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 1682


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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