Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 7693
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.
48461 29/12/2023 NCI Penzance NCI observed 3 Paddle Boarders, and logged progress. MOP called HMCG re. concerns for them, and NCI asked to look. NCI replied they seemed fine, however due to conditions, ILB tasked to intercept., ILB reported they were fine, and was stood down. PBs reached shore safely, CG informed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 546093
48452 27/12/2023 NCI Bembridge NCI observed a wind surfer go into the sea in rough conditions. Mast then broke, and casualty tried swimming with board. NCI monitored situation, and confirmed casualty had reached shore, uninjured., HMCG informed of incident, sail still in the water NCI No Yes 545842
48450 26/12/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called NCI re. call from MOP re. swimmer 200 mtrs out. Search revealed nothing, CRT tasked, pot marker sighted. ILB tasked as MOP reported more swimmers, but objects confirmed as buoys. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 545773
48440 24/12/2023 NCI Stone Point MOP reported to NCI a windsurf board with no-one aboard. HMCG advised, ILB tasked, and found casualty, whose board and sail had separated. Kit fixed, and casualty continued on their way. NCI Yes Yes 545626
48441 24/12/2023 NCI Calshot Tower ILB called NCI re. call to wind surfer in difficulty. NCI advised they had visual, and updated position. ILB recovered casualty to shore. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 545615
48446 24/12/2023 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea NCI observed 2 MOP cut off by incoming tide. HMCG informed. Casualties decided to wade back through knee deep water to shore. CG informed, NFA NCI No Yes 545632
48431 21/12/2023 NCI Filey NCI observed MOP in danger of being cut off by tide. NCI informed HMCG. Casualty then tried climbing unstable cliff, CG kept informed, and casualty reached top of cliff and safety, despite danger. NCI No Yes 545352
48421 18/12/2023 NCI Gosport Pan Pan on Ch16 from yacht reporting Man Overboard. HMCG requested position, no response. NCI then heard yacht report man reconvered, no re[ply from CG. NCI reported fact to CG, who asked NCI to call , vessel on Ch16. No response, CG informed. Pan Pan was cancelled as no further contact was made. MCA/HMCG No Yes 545145
48412 17/12/2023 NCI Southend NCI observed a small vessel, very low in the water, HMCG informed. vessel then disappeared, ILB tasked, NCI conned to position. CRT also tasked, and search carried out for debris. Assets happy that , no person was in danger. Nothing found, assets stood down. Nothing seen at low tide next day. NCI Yes Yes 545070
48390 17/12/2023 NCI Gosport HMCG tasked CRT to a vessel aground, NCI had visual, CG informed. NCI observed work boat establishing tow, and towed casualty to marina. CG informed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 545033
48391 17/12/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head Police called NCI asking to lookout for an elderly person, probably with dementia. NCI carried out search over two watches, nothing seen. Casualty was later located by Police, NFA. Police No Yes 545043
48387 16/12/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed a large fridge floating in the sea. HMCG informed, and a local Navigation Warning was issued. NCI No Yes n/a
48383 14/12/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG called NCI re report of strange object floating in sea. Visual established it to be a buoy on its side. kayaker also checked. CG advised, NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 544739
48355 12/12/2023 NCI Gosport NCI heard May Day on Ch16, distressed male voice. HMCG informed, Pan Pan issued. Pan Pan for sailing vessel was due to a SART alert, but nothing was heard from May Day vessel, so all cancelled NCI No Yes 544880
48347 10/12/2023 NCI Exmouth NCI observed lone paddle boarder 1 mile offshore, against the tide. HMCG informed, and observation maintained until visual was lost. MOP also called CG. ILB tasked by CG. NCI Yes Yes 544440
48294 04/12/2023 NCI Worms Head MOP reported ordanance on causeway, to NCI. HMCG informed, but too late as causeway was closing. Next day, CG located object, which was the top of a WW2 mine, used as an anchor weight. NCI No Yes 543807
48280 03/12/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG asked NCI if they had seen a kayak, as MOP had reported kayak and towel on beach. NCI spotted kayak, MOP gave photos, CRT tasked. decided kayak had been washed up some time ago., Towel not connected, probably used to dry dog. CRT moved kayak to safe spot. MCA/HMCG No Yes 543780
48281 03/12/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing. IFCA informed. IFCA tracked vessel and decided it was legal, NCI thanked for vigilance. NCI No No n/a
48289 03/12/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called NCI re.call from MOP concerned for fishing vessel broken down. NCI had visual on charter vessel, 6 POB, and confirmed all on board were still fishing and fine. MCA/HMCG No Yes 543804
48293 03/12/2023 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed a yacht leaving river into rough, dangerous weather as darkness fell. HMCG informed of concern. Contact attempted on Ch 16 by CG, but none made. NCI extended watch to monitor vessel until, it reached safety of harbour. NFA NCI No Yes 543806
48332 02/12/2023 NCI St Donat's Bay Police requested support from NCI re. report of bones by MOP. W/K searched reported location - negative, only driftwood. Police later shown photo by MOP of porpoise bones Police No No POL068
48250 30/11/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report of paddle boarder in difficulty. Search requested, casualty spotted, CG informed, of location. CRT also tasked, and took over situation. NCI stood down, , Later all reported to be well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 543504
48260 30/11/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG asked NCI for visual on possible MOP in the water. Search revealed several birds plus a black marker buoy in location. ILB tasked but found nothing else. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 543493
48259 29/11/2023 NCI Skegness MOP approached station and said she had been threatened by MOP with a knife. Police then asked NCI for CCTV footage of incident, which they then examined next day. Police No No n/a
48234 27/11/2023 NCI Mundesley NCI Cromer contacted NCI Mundesley re MOP reporting suspected mine. NCI contacted HMCG who tasked CRT to investigate - found upturned cooking pot MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 543103
48229 25/11/2023 NCI Hornsea NCI Hornsea contacted HMCG re severe weather damaged promenade - CG tasked CRT who were unable to effect repair NCI No Yes 543007
48209 24/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG Tasked NCI Prawle Point to make visual for Sloop last reported 23/11/23 - informed HMCG nothing found or had been logged MCA/HMCG No Yes 542908
48213 24/11/2023 NCI Needles HMCG contacted NCI Needles re Mayday from YBS aground - casualty not visible as too close to shore. AWLB tasked to recover and escort to harbour, . MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 542932
48215 24/11/2023 NCI Bass Point HMCG contacted NCI Bass Point requesting visual watch/ search for YBS last reported off Lizard. NCI contacted HMCG YBS matching description observed off Bass Point. CG reported that contact had been , made and stood NCI down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 542908
48205 23/11/2023 NCI Rame Head HMCG Counter Pollution Unit Contacted NCI Rame Head and tasked them to make visual search over a wreck off Rame Head. IFV found to be over wreck, NCI tel CG Counter Pollution with full details of, vessel. CG concerned about equipment on wreck. CG thanked NCI Rame Head for info MCA/HMCG No No 535341
48199 22/11/2023 NCI Nells Point MOP reported concern for 2 swimmers to HMCG. NCI requested to monitor. Both swimmers reached beach safely.CG informed, NFA. MCA/HMCG No Yes 542711
48201 22/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI Prwle Point observed trawler in area of forbidden fishing - nets clearly visible. Photo evidence sent to IFCA who will invetigate NCI No No N/A
48191 19/11/2023 NCI Calshot Tower NCI observed a wind surfer in difficulty, HMCG informed. casualties friend said they had contacted activity centre, who were arranging a RIB to assist. CG tasked ILB and CRT. Casualty then seen to be , ashore, CG informed. ILB contacted NCI for update. All assets stood down. NCI Yes Yes 542445
48159 15/11/2023 NCI Calshot Tower HMCG contacted NCI re. missing wind surfer, reported by MOP. CRT tasked, NCI carried out search and saw 1 windsurfer, with sail up, and nothing else. Informant contacted and said they had mistaken, the windsurfer for a jet ski lane marker buoy. Assets stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 542074
48152 14/11/2023 NCI Hornsea NCI observed 2 MOP + dog cut off by tide. HMCG informed, CRT tasked. CRT then spoke to another MOP who had seen 2 persons and dog getting into a car, covered in mud and soaking wet. NFA. NCI No Yes 541979
48154 14/11/2023 NCI Gorleston HMCG informed NCI a swimmer had been reported to be going out to sea beyond breakwater. Pilot vessel tasked to search, NCI did not have visual. Other vessel asked to search, ILB tasked. Nothing seen., All assets stood down, and assumed object could have been a seal. UK Border Force Yes Yes 541951
48174 14/11/2023 NCI Gorleston MOP informed NCI a teenager was sitting on bridge, feet on the river side. HMCG informed. CRT and ILB talked casualty back to safety, and casualty returned home. NFA MMO Yes Yes 541957
48120 12/11/2023 NCI Charmouth HMCG issued MayDay re. capsized boat. CG asked NCI for weather conditions and visual on vessel - negative. ILB tasked, and recovered 2 casualties. All well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 541749
48127 12/11/2023 NCI Stone Point Yacht ran aground close to lookout, HMCG advised NCI had visual. 2 local LBs attended, and set a Kedge anchor, to await rise in tide. LBs departed, leaving casualty vessel to wait for tide. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 541767
48134 11/11/2023 NCI Exmouth NCI observed a fishing vessel adrift, no-one aboard. HMCG informed. CRT tasked, and harbour master arranged to recover vessel. Vessel recovered, with 1 on board. MMO No Yes 541437

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