Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 6324
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.
41881 15/05/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI re. yacht appeared to be in trouble according to a MOP. Initial search revealed nothing, CG informed. Vessel then identified, under power, and monitored until at harbour mouth. MCA/HMCG No Yes 012297
41882 15/05/2022 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent NCI observed small boat drifting, unattended. HMCG informed as possible hazard to others. Owner then recaptured vessel with help of passing yacht and boarded safely. NCI No Yes 012291
41889 15/05/2022 NCI Exmouth HMCG contacted NCI to check on progress of yacht being escorted by lifeguards to marina. NCI reported vessel entered marina. MCA/HMCG No Yes 012348
41898 15/05/2022 NCI Calshot Tower Pan Pan from yacht with engine failure and torn sail. Assistance requested. Solent rescue located casualty, took under tow. Pan Pan cancelled. Casualty met by harbour master and taken to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 012328
41862 14/05/2022 NCI Nells Point MOP on inflatable checked by lifeguard, but said did not need assistance. NCI monitored, and informed HMCG. Motor vessel also offered help as occupant looked tired. Offer declined. , casualty eventually returned to shore with lifeguard, CG advised. NCI No Yes 012083
41865 14/05/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head Motor vessel reported to have anchor chain wrappers around propeller, radio inoperative. HMCG requested NCI for visual - confirmed, 4 POB, no lifejackets. ILB tasked and towed to harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 012066
41866 14/05/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head Motor boat, at anchor, reported to NCI they had been struck by a sailing yacht. Bow damaged but not taking on water. Advised to call HMCG, and NCI advices CG they had visual. , Vessel decided to return to harbour, but had to wait for tide. NCI monitored until vessel safe. Fire No Yes 012087
41867 14/05/2022 NCI Worms Head MOP on island reported to NCI his wife had fallen and injured her head and neck. W/K called HMCG on 999, and gave casualties phone number. CRT and HELO tasked, casualty flown to A&E, CRT escorted others to safety, casualty Okay after scan. NCI thanked for assistance. NCI No Yes 012076
41868 14/05/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG asked NCI for visual on swimmer 500m offshore. CG advised nothing seen. Info then updated to possible dinghy with 2 POB Incident closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 012138
41869 14/05/2022 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Seven MOP and dog cut off by tide, HMCG informed, ILB tasked, and recovered casualties in two trips. All safe NCI Yes Yes 011217
41880 14/05/2022 NCI Caister HMCG asked NCI for information on dinghy reported by MOP as in possible difficulty. Vessel previously logged by NCI, 2 POB and fishing. vessel had moved but all in order and fishing continued. MCA/HMCG No Yes 012056
41904 14/05/2022 NCI Gosport Yacht under tow by day boat ran aground. 1 POB. Occupant called QHM, harbour patrol attended, HMCG informed. Tow attempts failed. Casualty later reboarded and towed off by RIB to safety. NCI Yes Yes 012134
41850 13/05/2022 NCI Fleetwood MOP phoned NCI re. windsurfer in difficulty, unable to get back on board. HMCG informed, but NCI did not have visual. Casualty eventually regained control. after further falls, and was lost to sight. NCI No Yes 011981
41861 13/05/2022 NCI Torbay High risk MOP believed to have gone into sea. ILB, CRT teams, NCI and HMCG involved in search. AWLB and HELO also tasked. Nothing found, NCI closed down. , Casualty later located at safe address safe and well. Police Yes Yes 011985
41844 13/05/2022 NCI Nells Point HMCG requested visual on windsurfers, negative, monitoring requested. Windsurfer reported in difficulty, CRT, AWLB and ILB tasked as on service. CRT spoke with 3 windsurfers, who said one may have , had a little difficulty earlier, but was OK. Possible fourth reported but after extensive search, nothing seen. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 011953
41903 13/05/2022 NCI Gosport 2 fishermen observed by NCI potentially cut off by tide. HMCG informed. Police involved, and QHM. Station closed while fishermen still there, all authorities aware of situation. NFA NCI No Yes PO2030
41845 12/05/2022 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed 2 paddle boaters washed against rocks. One board damaged, both casualties on rocks. HMCG informed, visual maintained, ILB and CRT tasked. NCI confirmed position., Casualties picked up by LB and returned to safety, boards recovered by CRT. Only minor injuries sustained. NCI Yes Yes 018882
41824 11/05/2022 NCI Gosport Yacht informed NCI on Ch65 it had lost power as it was entering harbour. HMCG and QHM informed. casualty made way under reefed sail. Casualty then lost wind and requested tow from CG., 2 unidentified RIBs then established tow, and casualty safely towed to harbour and safety. NCI No Yes 011787
41838 10/05/2022 NCI Froward Point Pan Pan from yacht with engine failure. NCI had visual, and HMCG requested monitoring. ILB tasked, vessel employed anchor. 2 RIBs attended as waited for ILB, which took casualty under tow to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 116684
41837 09/05/2022 NCI Froward Point May Day from RIB with 5 POB, including 2 children. NCI located vessel. ILB tasked, and took casualty under tow, and safely recovered to harbour and safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 011567
41807 08/05/2022 NCI Cromer NCI observed people climbing unstable cliffs, also digging at base, unaware of danger. HMCG informed, NCI continued to monitor. Group left eventually. NCI No Yes n/a
41849 07/05/2022 NCI St Donat's Bay HMCG phoned NCI re. jet skier broken down and stranded. Visual confirmed. ILB tasked, took jet ski under tow and retrieved casualty. Both dropped off at slipway. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 011297
41808 07/05/2022 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed 3 jet skiers, one fell off but got back on. Report then heard of one injured. HMCG requested visual from NCI - negative as out of sight. NCI continued to monitor. CRT and HELO tasked., NCI then saw jet skis being recovered, one rider in ambulance with head injury. Casualty treated and well enough to go home. MCA/HMCG No Yes 011285
41793 06/05/2022 NCI Rhoscolyn Coasteering team called HMCG re. person fallen into sea, not breathing. CG asked if NCI had visual, negative, monitoring continued. ILBs and HELOs tasked., Casualty transferred to ILB, then to HELO at sea, Rescue vehicles used NCI station as base. Leaders of group traumatised, advised to seek counselling. Sadly casualty died. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 011197
41781 05/05/2022 NCI Lyme Bay HMCG asked NCI for help with incident involving fishing boat which had lost power. Single occupant was deaf and communicated with sister via FaceTime. W/K went to clifftop, but poor visibility., CG informed NCI LB was on scene and would tow vessel to safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 011101
41797 05/05/2022 NCI Gorleston MOP reported suspected sighting of whale. CRT investigated, and object turned out to be the boiler of a wreck NCI No Yes 011140
42340 05/05/2022 NCI Mundesley NCI tracked object and realised it was a Dan Buoy. HMCG informed. NCI No Yes n/a
41770 04/05/2022 NCI Portland Bill NCI observed a yacht towing a second larger yacht. The skipper of towing yacht was exhausted, and called several times on Ch65. Towed yacht then called and requested commercial sea rescue., Sea rescue declined to help, HMCG contacted and AWLB was tasked. NCI tracked LB visually until out of sight, station was then closed. NCI Yes Yes n/a
41775 04/05/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head Motor vessel had engine failure, and was taken in tow by yacht. NCI had visual. Casualty was towed to harbour entrance, then tow taken up by second vessel. All safe MCA/HMCG No Yes 011010
41971 03/05/2022 NCI Folkestone NCI observed RIB with 2 POB possibly in trouble. Elderly occupant was rowing, struggling with oars, no lifejacket. HMCG informed, NCI monitored situation. CRT and ILB tasked, occupant refused help., LB crew concerned for occupants welfare, so CG decided LB should tow casualty to shore, and safety. NCI Yes Yes 010947
41760 02/05/2022 NCI Exmouth NCI observed RIB drifting with tide. Engine fault. NCI informed HMCG, and YBS assisted and RIB beached. Incident closed. NCI No Yes 120773
41737 02/05/2022 NCI St Ives MOP informed NCI swimmer possibly in trouble. HMCG informed. NCI monitored swimmer until the swimmer was safely back on shore. NFA NCI No Yes n/a
41739 01/05/2022 NCI Chapel Point NCI observed motor cyclist riding on beach at speed. Police informed. M/C returned 20 mins later below high water mark. No casualties , but a family beach with children playing. NCI No No POL248
41742 01/05/2022 NCI Torbay HMCG phoned NCI re. call from MOP about fishing vessel not returned. NCI did visual search, nothing seen. ILB about to be launched when vessel was reported safe and well. NFA. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 010695
41764 01/05/2022 NCI Gosport May Day from yacht with engine failure and fire. 4 POB. HMCG acknowledged May Day, NCI informed CG they had visual.. NCI gave position, LB tasked and was conned to casualty by NCI. 2 Police launches, attended, fire reported out. Casualty towed to safety by Police launch, attended by fire engines. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 010706
41729 01/05/2022 NCI Hengistbury Head ILB asked NCI to monitor small boat they had assisted. 2 POB. Boat had suffered fuel shortage and engine problems. NCI monitored boat until entered harbour safely. RNLI No No n/a
41718 30/04/2022 NCI Wooltack Point Vessel called on Ch16 requesting assistance, with engine failure. Anchor down but drifting. NCI informed CH they had visual. Water Ranger asked to assist, and took casualty under tow. NFA RNLI No Yes 010520
41720 30/04/2022 NCI St Alban's Head NCI heard Pan Pan re. vessel engine failure. NCI had AIS and visual through bins. CG asked NCI for detail, and NCI confirmed position. NCI confirmed other vessel nearby, and monitored until no visual. MCA/HMCG No Yes 010546
41708 27/04/2022 NCI Torbay MOP informed HMCG a wind surfer was in difficulty off beach. CG phoned NCI, who had visual. Subject appeared experienced, and not in apparent difficulty. Visual monitoring continued. MCA/HMCG No Yes 010249
41721 27/04/2022 NCI Hornsea Objects observed on beach, reported to HMCG. CRT tasked, viewed objects on CCTV and were guided to objects by Ch65. CRT established objects not dangerous. NFA NCI No Yes 010287


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