Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 6512
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.
9197 21/08/2009 NCI St Alban's Head Reported sloop at risk. LB and helo attended but casualty not identified and presumed berthed safely. NCI Yes Yes 4065
9196 20/08/2009 NCI Newhaven Monitored and reported on recovery of capsized small craft by LB.Casualty beached safely. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 4017
9195 19/08/2009 NCI Nells Point Monitored and reported MoPs possibly cut-offby tide.Regained shore safely.NFA NCI No Yes 2836
9194 19/08/2009 NCI Shoreham Monitored recovery of disabled MC by Beach patrol RIB. MCA/HMCG No Yes
9193 19/08/2009 NCI Skegness Involved in search for missing child.Found safely. NFA Police No Yes 173550
9192 18/08/2009 NCI Newhaven Co-operated with CG and ambulance to locate MoP with overdose. Casualty identified and treated. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 3948
9191 18/08/2009 NCI Prawle Point Relayed MoP report of canoeists at risk.ILB attended and towed in. NCI Yes Yes 173346
9190 17/08/2009 NCI Skegness Ambulance requested for MoP with Weaver Fish sting. Casualty casevac to hospital. NCI No Yes 233
9189 16/08/2009 NCI Herne Bay Relayed MoP report of disturbed man accosting passers-by.Police attended. NCI No No 160626
9188 16/08/2009 NCI Skegness Reported dinghy in possible distress. ILB launched to lecture crew - who went out again. NCI Yes Yes
9187 16/08/2009 NCI Skegness Reported day boat in possible trouble.ILB attended and craft beached safely.NFA NCI Yes Yes 172970
9186 15/08/2009 NCI Mablethorpe Reported lost child.CG and Lifeguards attended.Child found.NFA NCI No Yes 172733
9185 15/08/2009 NCI Stepper Point CG requested monitoring of dinghy aground and disabled RIB. Both reciovered safely.NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 3737
9184 14/08/2009 NCI Froward Point CG requested info on possible flares sighted.False alarm NFA. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 3722
9183 12/08/2009 NCI Prawle Point Co-operation with CG over recovery of lost diver. MCA/HMCG No Yes 3676
9182 11/08/2009 NCI Prawle Point Relayed broken PANPAN call to Brixham MRCC.Ushant MRCC handled incident.NFA NCI No Yes 172063
9181 11/08/2009 NCI Boscastle Ambulance requested for MoP with leg injury.Ambulance attended to casevac to hospital. NCI No Yes 3636
9180 11/08/2009 NCI Skegness Ambulance requested for MoP with injured foot.Paramedics attended treated and released. NCI No No 267
9179 11/08/2009 NCI Skegness Ambulance requested for MoP with injured foot.Paramedics attended and casevac to hospital. NCI No No 254
9178 10/08/2009 NCI Froward Point Assisted in locating anchored disabled yacht for MB to r/v.ILB supplied bolt cutters and towed in. NCI Yes Yes 3608
9177 09/08/2009 NCI Exmouth Reported and monitored ski-boat aground. Refloated on flood and engine restarted.NFA NCI No Yes 3588
9176 09/08/2009 NCI Prawle Point Reported suspicious activity by RIB near VLCC. No Customs craft available.NFA NCI No Yes
9175 09/08/2009 NCI Skegness Ambulance requested for MoP with lacerated foot. Treated on site and released. NCI No No 395
9174 09/08/2009 NCI Skegness Ambulance requested for MoP with badly cut feet.Casevac to hospital. NCI No No 371
9173 09/08/2009 NCI Skegness Ambulance requested for MoP with severe leg laceration.Casevac to hospital. NCI No No 336
9172 08/08/2009 NCI Shoreham CG requested monitoring of recovery by patrol boat.Casualty towed to marina. MCA/HMCG No Yes 3666
9171 08/08/2009 NCI Fleetwood Co-operation with CG to monitor children in possible tidal danger.Children returned safely.NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 171417
9170 08/08/2009 NCI Froward Point Reported yacht colliding with rock. Little damage.NFA NCI No Yes 3555
9169 08/08/2009 NCI Skegness Ambulance requested for MoP with breathing problems. Paramedics attended. Casualty treated. NFA NCI No No 253
9168 08/08/2009 NCI Polruan Relayed MoP report of possible inflammable can on beach.CG attended found and removed item. NCI No Yes
9167 07/08/2009 NCI Exmouth Assisted in location of missing child.Lifeguards reunited five-yearold with mother. NCI No No
9166 06/08/2009 NCI Charlestown Reported 5 MoP at risk on rising tide. CG and ILB attended. MoP returned safely. NCI Yes Yes 3506
9165 05/08/2009 NCI St Alban's Head Looked after and then reunited lost dog with owner.NFA NCI No Yes 3564
9164 04/08/2009 NCI St Alban's Head Co-operated with MRCC and SAR units investigating possible Mayday call.Nothing found. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 170548
9163 03/08/2009 NCI Mablethorpe Reported dinghy drifting seaward.LB attended. Swiommers and dinghy landed safely. NCI Yes Yes 170705
9162 03/08/2009 NCI Skegness Assisted in location and tow in by ILB of disabled speedboat.No casualties MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
9161 01/08/2009 NCI Nells Point Reported disabled yacht with exhausted crew.RYA RIB towed in. Casevac by paramedics. NCI No Yes 2451
9160 01/08/2009 NCI Nells Point Reported 4 MoP cutoff by tide.CG Mobile attended to recover to shore.No casualties. NCI No Yes 170192
9159 28/07/2009 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Reported telecon for assistance from launch. Conned LB by phone to casualty to tow in safely. NCI Yes Yes 169605
9158 28/07/2009 NCI Nells Point Reported and directed CG Mobile on Chan. Zero to recover unmanned inflatable adrift. NCI No Yes 2388


Currently almost 60 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 Filey in North Yorkshire. 

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