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.
47693 05/10/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI Prawle Point observed drifting tender. Reported to HMCG . Local fisherman recovered to Salcombe NCI No Yes N/A
47728 04/10/2023 NCI Nare Point RN HELO reported large log in Falmouth Bay to HMCG, NCI Nare Point located and gave bearing to HMCG Who issued Pan Pan warning MCA/HMCG No Yes 536998
47689 04/10/2023 NCI Shoreham Pan Pan on Ch16 engine failure. NCI Shoreham had visual - informed HMCG - then rang Boat House with correct Bearing and Distance from ILB. NCI stood down owing to low light after being thanked , for information NCI Yes Yes 536997
47782 04/10/2023 NCI Froward Point YBS Reported to HMCG engine failure. CG tasked NCI Froward Point to locate and monitor. Communications difficult between parties. YBS enters River Dart. NCI stood down MCA/HMCG No Yes 536972
47661 02/10/2023 NCI St Ives HMCG contacted NCI St Ives re MOP reported swimmer in difficulty - tasked to make visual search. Owing to poor visibility, nothing seen. ILB launched. MOP reported swimmer self recovered MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 536692
47617 01/10/2023 NCI Shoreham MOP reported object in sea. NCI Shoreham made visual search - nothing found. second call from MOP reporting 2 metre high object. NCI contacted HMCG who tasked 2nd WK to investigate. who reported back, object was a race marker. Informed CG who stood NCI down NCI No Yes 536538
47635 01/10/2023 NCI Calshot Tower NCI Calshot Tower observed rib with crew waving hands for help. HMCG advised .Motor Boat arrived and arranged tow. NCI tasked to monitor until safe. NCI No Yes 536609
47641 01/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI Torbay re MOP reported SUP in difficulty. NCI made visual and camera search - nothing found. NCI stood down MCA/HMCG No Yes 536576
47733 01/10/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG contacted NCI Torbay after report from MOP re SUP appeared in difficulty. NCI scanned but nothing found. CG called back to say person no longer in the water. MCA/HMCG No Yes 536576
47663 01/10/2023 NCI Teignmouth HMCG contacted NCI Teignmouth re yacht grounded in harbour entrance. NCI already monitoring situation. Casualty broke free and made way to sea.HMCG advised MCA/HMCG No Yes 536562
47607 30/09/2023 NCI Brancaster MOP contacted NCI Brancaster reported 2 unmanned boats floated off their moorings . NCI contacted Harbour Master who contacted ferry. NCI contacted HMCG - tasked NCI to monitor. 1 boat retrieved 2nd , eventually ran aground NCI No Yes N/A
47614 30/09/2023 NCI Bass Point HMCG contacted NCI Bass Point tasking them to monitor dismasted trimaran. ILB towed to Falmouth MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 536391
47601 30/09/2023 NCI St Ives NCI St Ives spotted swimmer in difficulty against spring tide. NCI contacted HMCG. Continued monitoring - swimmer self recovered to rocks NCI No Yes 536388
47610 29/09/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG contacted Shoreham NCI reporting a drifting kayak .NCI had logged - gave update - making slow progress. but no sign of danger. CG advised NCI to stand down MCA/HMCG No Yes 536308
47593 29/09/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI Porthcawl routine scan noticed MOP attempting to cross mudflats. MOP became stuck to thighs. NCI Rang HMCG - cam link established - rising tide. NCI Mobile with Casualty. HMCG tasked Fire Service , and RNLI. Fire Service pulled Casualty to safety returned to slipway. NCI mobile radioed CG requesting ambulance NCI Yes Yes 536181
47594 29/09/2023 NCI Gosport Pan Pan heard YBK engine failure. Gosport NCI visual search, located and Update HMCG. NCI monitored Casualty who made slow progress to Harbour entrance, taken in tow . Casualty advised no further help, required MCA/HMCG No Yes 536263
47595 29/09/2023 NCI Bembridge NCI Bembridge received 2 SART signals on AIS. Reported to CG. CG contacted NCI - both error displays NCI No Yes 536246
47600 29/09/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP reported to NCI Lyme Bay swimmer in difficulty - located by NCI. 999 call to HMCG already responding but tasked NCI to monitor and con ILB to casualty who recovered. HELO winched and transported, casualty to hospital NCI Yes Yes 536285
47714 29/09/2023 NCI Stepper Point HMCG tasked NCI Stepper Point to make visual search for wing surfer reported by MOP further out than expected. NCI observed casualty apparently Ok and monitored until returned to beach MCA/HMCG No Yes 536241
47646 28/09/2023 NCI Rame Head MOP reported drunken male threatening to jump off cliff. NCI Rame Head contacted HMCG who advised contacting Police. They attended as Lookout was closing and took over situation NCI No Yes N/A
47585 28/09/2023 NCI Bembridge Sart signal received on AIS system. Contacted HMCG who requested MMSI and details NCI No Yes N/A
47590 28/09/2023 NCI Hornsea MOP contacted NCI Hornsea with possible 2 persons plus dog sighting on cliff. NCI contacted HMCG who tasked CRT and ILB. No casualties found and stood down MMO Yes Yes 536194
47582 27/09/2023 NCI Exmouth MOP rang NCI Exmouth reported yacht adrift in river Exe. Not able to locate on CCTV .reported to HMCG. Another yacht contacted giving correct location. NCI located to find it no longer drifting NCI No No
47558 26/09/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI observed a kite surfer in difficulty. HMCG notified, who had several calls re. same incident. ILB tasked, HELO on exercise nearby. May Day issued. Casualty made own way to beach, incident closed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 535920
47566 26/09/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI Porthcawl - MOP reported object floating off Tresco Bay - tasked to make visual/camera search. Nothing sighted other than club mooring buoy. CG confirmed this was object. MCA/HMCG No Yes 535904
47571 26/09/2023 NCI Teignmouth HMCG contacted NCI Teignmouth after MOP reported 3 swimmers appeared to in difficulty. NCI scanned position found 3 buoys . CG advised MOP MCA/HMCG No Yes 535942
47549 25/09/2023 NCI St Agnes Head NCI heard HMCG calling all vessels near beach. No response so NCI responded. MOP had been caught in RIP tide, but not visible from lookout. NCI advised military HELO was in area, but CG was nearby., CG HELO recovered casualty, ILB in support, casualty put onto beach, but then transferred casualty to hospital. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 535820
47554 25/09/2023 NCI St Ives HMCG called NCI re. call from MOP reporting sail blowing across bay. NCI confirmed position, no-one with sail. ILB tasked, and recovered sail and other windsurfer who had tried to help. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 535799
47556 25/09/2023 NCI St Ives HMCG tasked ILB to a windsurfer in trouble. NCI advised CG casualty had self recovered and ILB took casualty back tp port. NCI monitored situation. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 535812
47569 25/09/2023 NCI Froward Point Yacht Reported injured crew member - requested ILB to meet them at harbour entrance - ILB escorted to harbour for paramedic assistance. No ambulance available. Crewman made own arrangement to get to , hospital MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 535788
47713 25/09/2023 NCI Stepper Point HMCG Tasked NCI Stepprer Point to make visual search for lone surfer reported in trouble. NCI located surfer and informed HMCG Who tasked CG to attend. Surfer self rescued. NCI Yes Yes 535789
47546 24/09/2023 NCI Nells Point NCI observed MOP approach flooded causeway, then retreat. HMCG informed. ILB on standby. NCI asked to monitor, casualty then was lost to view, but believed to be safe on island. NCI No Yes n/a
47532 23/09/2023 NCI Wooltack Point Island warden advised HMCG a pedalo had capsized, 1 POB. NCI asked to monitor, and established visual, CG informed and given exact location. ILB tasked, but adverse conditions meant it had to shelter., AWLB tasked, but casualty had reached beach. LB recovered casualty who was taken into Police custody. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
47541 23/09/2023 NCI Polruan May Day broadcast from vessel, helmsman overboard. NCI inform HMCG they had visual on vessel, monitoring requested. Charlestown NCI also had visual. Both stations searching for casualty. AWLB , and ILB tasked. Nearby vessel located casualty in water, and stood by to await LB. HELO also on scene. Casualty recovered at third attempt, HELO stood down, casualty taken ashore by LB, and handed, to ambulance crew. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 535560
47547 23/09/2023 NCI Nare Point NCI observed motor launch drifting - no-one aboard. Owners informed, also HMCG, and owners arranged to tow vessel back to port. CG informed. NCI No Yes n/a
47531 22/09/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP informed NCI there was a dead porpoise near lookout. HMCG informed, and tasked CRT. CRT visited and took photos. National Trust said that due to danger of cliff falls, staff not allowed access., NT required directive from CRT or local authority before removing carcase. NCI No Yes 535370
47495 19/09/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG called NCI re, report of catamaran sailing close to shore in Force 8 south westerly. NCI had visual, and monitored until entered port. MCA/HMCG No Yes 535101
47498 19/09/2023 NCI Stone Point NCI observed kite surfer fall off board in high winds. Casualty was drifting. Next NCI station advised, HMCG informed. Casualty lost from view, ILB tasked. NCI w/k, on beach patrol, reported casualty, had reached beach, ILB stood down. NCI Yes Yes 535108
47499 19/09/2023 NCI Lyme Bay NT wardens advised NCI of dead dolphin . NCI informed HMCG giving position. Carcase was still in situ when lookout closed. NCI No Yes 535131
47504 19/09/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI observed a yacht aground on sandspit. HMCG informed, CRT tasked. Vessel fully aground, CRT stood down, owner to return to refloat at hight tide. NCI No Yes 535141


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