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.
47859 21/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of paraglider falling into sea. Visual check requested. Nothing seen. CG called back to say it was a model aircraft, not a paraglider. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 539070
47864 21/10/2023 NCI St Ives NCI observed a dinghy washed up on beach. No one present. HMCG informed, who contacted Harbour master. Vessel was tender to a trip boat which had broken free of mooring in storm., Recovery arranged. NCI No Yes 539045
47866 21/10/2023 NCI Shoreham NCI observed AWLB and HELO searching. HMCG informed them they were looking for a missing person and asked for a search. MISPER later found, all stood dow. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539031
47883 20/10/2023 NCI Penzance MOP reported to NCI concern for lone paddle boarder. MOP advised to contact HMCG. MOP returned to location but no-one with information was present so called NCI again. , NCI called CG, then MOP called to say there were now several paddle boarders present and no apparent problem. CG advised. NCI No Yes 538937
47855 20/10/2023 NCI Rame Head HMCG issued MayDay relay re. female stuck up cliff. NCI asked for visual. AWLB, ILB and CRT tasked. ILB unable to assist due to swell, HELO tasked. Casualty in mobile phone contact with CG., NCI established visual, CG informed. Casualty extracted by CRT, all other assets stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 538969
47860 20/10/2023 NCI Calshot Tower MayDay relay from HMCG re. capsized pleasure craft, assistance requested. NCI told CG they had visual, and 2 vessels were assisting. local patrons; boat recovered vessel, ILB met casualties which, were transferred to ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538983
47843 19/10/2023 NCI Newhaven MOP informed NCI there was unattended swimming gear on beach. HMCG informed, already aware. CRT tasked, and kite surfer confirmed they were his. NFA. NCI No Yes 538806
47844 19/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of unmanned jetski floating off headland. NCI informed CG a cabin cruiser was approaching object. AWLB tasked and recovered jetski. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538848
47839 18/10/2023 NCI Canvey Island NCI observed a large roll of barbed wire, covered in seaweed floating towards beach. HMCH informed, as hazard to vessels. CRT tasked, and recovered object with extended arm digger. NCI No Yes 538722
46842 18/10/2023 NCI Exmouth HMCG contacted NCI re. kite surfer possibly in difficulty. NCI monitored casualty until they self recovered. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 578737
47826 16/10/2023 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent May Day received by HMCG from yacht reported to be in Solent. NCI conducted visual search - nothing seen. Pan Pan issued but nothing reported. Assumed to be another hoax May Day. MCA/HMCG No Yes 538487
47838 16/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed a large chemical drum washed up on beach. HMCG informed - potential chemical hazard. CRT tasked, and confirmed drum was sealed so removal arranged with local authority. NCI No Yes 538439
47845 16/10/2023 NCI Southend NCI observed a sailing dinghy proceeding into danger. Casualty changed course but still collided with protective boom. HMCG informed. Casualty lowered sail, freed itself from boom, but ran aground, Occupant entered water and pushed dinghy, hovercraft tasked, and monitored dinghy into river. Later it was learned it was a solo sailer, trying to sail to France, with limited provision, or experience NCI Yes Yes 538486
47816 15/10/2023 NCI Charmouth MOP reported to NCI a walker had fainted - possible heart attack. HMCG informed, CRT and ambulance called. W/K kept relatives informed. Ambulance crew attended casualty. NCI No Yes 538324
47831 15/10/2023 NCI Froward Point Motor Cruiser issued Pan Pan to report engine room fire, and drifting. NCI relayed comms. ILB tasked, and towed casualty back to harbour. Pan Pan cancelled. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538352
47810 15/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head 2 RIBs ( one with 6 POB, one with 3 POB) were observed tied together, aground in channel. No lifejackets. No immediate danger, one RIB tried to tow other off, people in water. HMCG received 999 call , from MOP. NCI confirmed to CG they had visual. Not enough water for ILB, so decided to wait for tide. Both vessels refloated and progressed up channel, CG advised. Met by ILB crew and advised. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538368
47811 15/10/2023 NCI St Alban's Head NCI observed motor launch, 2 POB, land ashore. Persons walked along shore picking up objects and depositing plastic bags. Parcels loaded into container, which was transferred to vessel. HMCG informed., Vessel cast off, and headed along shore. CG informed. Vessel then landed again, picked up objects plus a discarded dinghy. Vessel cast off towing dinghy. CG informed. NFA NCI No Yes n/a
47801 14/10/2023 NCI Torbay NCI Torbay observed 2 persons on rocks with tide rising. HMCG informed- ILB was already tasked elsewhere, but became available. Continued monitoring - observed casualties climbing to safety - , informed ILB NCI Yes Yes 538256
47802 14/10/2023 NCI Worms Head NCI Worms Head observed 5 persons cut off on Devils Bridge- Contacted HMCG. Used siren to keep them to stay there. CRT arrived, no casualties now 9 ILB tasked - 3 trips to rescue all casualties NCI Yes Yes 538230
47806 14/10/2023 NCI Calshot Tower RIB contacted HMCG re fouled propeller.ILB tasked to assist. CG tasked NCI Calshot Tower to monitor and con ILB to target if required - done . ILB freed prop of casualty, who then continued MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538193
47807 14/10/2023 NCI St Alban's Head FFS contacted HMCG with engine failure NCI SAH had visual and contacted CG who tasked NCI to monitor and prepare to con LB. Upgraded to PanPan. LB observed taking casualty in tow MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 538194
47799 13/10/2023 NCI Charmouth NCI Charmouth contacted HMCG requesting assistance for casualty on beach. CRT tasked to help. Updated Ambulance with details. CRT transferred casualty to Ambulance NCI Yes Yes 538114
47835 12/10/2023 NCI Stepper Point NCI observed a single manned dinghy leaving estuary, fishing and drifting. Weather deteriorating, fog reducing visibility. Visual lost so HMCG informed. CG called vessel on Ch16 - no response. , Watch maintained, harbour patrol alerted, which located vessel - all Ok. NFA. NCI No Yes 538032
47784 12/10/2023 NCI Gosport NCI Gosport advised by HMCG of an ongoing incident - flashing light observed by ferry. AWL' s tasked to make search pattern. NCI monitored. Nothing found and stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 537969
47788 12/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI Porthcawl contacted by SW Police for assistance in search for despondent female.. Police used camera links and NCI commenced scan. NCI located persons - police asked to continue monitoring. , Casualty taken away by Police. Police No No
47795 12/10/2023 NCI Newhaven NCI Newhaven observed two motor boats approx 3nm and 30-40 knots, Informed HMCG after radio traffic about drugs being found on beach .HMCG interviewed WK NCI No Yes 538011
47775 11/10/2023 NCI St Alban's Head NCI St Albans informed HMCG of multiple AIS alerts. CG requested screenshot of alert. and to inform if other alerts received, which was done NCI No Yes 537884
47759 10/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI Hengistbury Head to locate and report on motor boat with engine failure - Located, Casualty restarted engine and moved on MCA/HMCG No Yes 537803
47762 10/10/2023 NCI Worms Head NCI Worms Head observed MOP on Outer Head who disappeared from view. 999 to HMCG. ILB tasked and recovered casualty NCI Yes Yes 537786
47743 09/10/2023 NCI Shoreham NCI Shoreham received call from Police requesting CCTV damage to Food for Fort. NCI reviewed footage and confirmed suspicious behaviour- emailed footage to Police Police No No
47732 09/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI Torbay re MOP reported jet ski adrift. NCI checked and found Ocean rowing craft with 1 POB not in difficulty. HMCG confirmed it was vessel reported Stood Down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 537626
47734 09/10/2023 NCI Torbay RIB observed - outboard not working- using oars. NCI contacted Harbour Master Oscar 4 launched - nothing found - casualty self recovered NCI Yes No
47738 08/10/2023 NCI Fleetwood MOP reported to HMCG 4 men walking through water . CG tasked NCI Fleetwood to monitor until safe MCA/HMCG No Yes 537486
47740 08/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI Porthcawl -MOP reported swimmer in difficulty - tasked NCI to make visual search, Nothing seen, CG asked NCI to continue scan. ILB launched -casualty located and recovered to await , ambulance MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 537474
47705 07/10/2023 NCI Newhaven NCI Newhaven observed a kite surfer in water appeared to be struggling. Contacted HMCG who tasked CRT. Casualty self rescued NCI Yes Yes 537306
47706 07/10/2023 NCI Newhaven Motor vessel on ch 16 reported engine failure and drifting. NCI Newhaven contacted HMCG casualty had beached. AWL took in tow NCI Yes Yes 537311
47719 07/10/2023 NCI Felixstowe NCI Felixstowe observed two jetskis one towing the other. CH65 call from CRT to see if we had visual. NCI monitored until entered River Deben MCA/HMCG No Yes 537332
47720 07/10/2023 NCI Felixstowe HMCG tasked Volunteer Lifeboat after MOP reported concern for yacht which had been logged by NCI earlier. Lifeboat contacted craft all OK and stood by while casualty rowed to shore. NCI contacted , HMCG informing them they had monitored situation MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 537292
47725 07/10/2023 NCI Folkestone NCI Folkstone observed a kite surfer adrift from board. NCI contacted HMCG when distance from the board increased. CG tasked NCI to monitor . Casualty reached shore . NCI tasked to monitor board. , swimmer re entered the water to retrieve board and paddled to shore. CG requested NCI to continue until CRT arrived. NCI Yes Yes 537361
47704 06/10/2023 NCI Shoreham NCI Shoreham observed kayaker in water after capsize. Reported to HMCG - ILB tasked . casualty recovered - found to have prosthetic leg - ILB searched for missing limb NCI Yes Yes 537282


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