Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5970
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-manned 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.
39451 02/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn HMCG requested visual on unattended rucksack and boots. CRT guided to items. climbers appeared and assumed items were theirs . NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39280 01/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed MOP fall on rocks. 999 for ambulance, W/K gave first aid equipment to relative. CRT tasked, assisted casualty to promenade, and transported to hospital by relative. NCI No Yes 031127
39262 31/08/2021 NCI Fleetwood RNLI requested NCI look out for RIB with 3 POB in channel. HMCG advised and requested NCI monitor. CG advised vessels when approaching. RIB returned to shore safely RNLI No Yes 030987
39654 31/08/2021 NCI Nare Point Yacht reported to HMCG a life raft had fallen overboard and unable to recover. NCI had visual on both. Life raft recovered by motor boat and taken to sailing club. NCI No Yes n/a
39279 31/08/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG phoned NCI re. swimmer not returned. Visual requested, nothing seen. HELO and LB tasked, extensive search, nothing seen. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031024
39304 31/08/2021 NCI Portland Bill Yacht reported loose keel and water ingress. Position relayed to HMCG. AWLB tasked and towed casualty plus 8 POB to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 0031
39316 30/08/2021 NCI Needles Pan Pan from vessel with engine failure. NCI told HMCG they had visual. Seastart contacted, NCI gave position, and Seastart towed casualty to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030841
39241 30/08/2021 NCI Fleetwood NCI reported to HMCG 4 MOP in danger playing on sandbank. NCI used megaphone to warn of danger and they moved to beach. NCI No Yes 030890
39247 30/08/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent Dinghy observed to capsize by NCI. Unable to right itself. HMCG informed. Second dinghy assisted and both made way to shore. NCI No Yes 030901
39260 30/08/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested assistance from NCI to search for 3 POB reported drifting offshore in inflatable. CG confirmed all safe MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39236 29/08/2021 NCI Nells Point May Day from cabin cruiser, 4 POB with engine failure. HMCG advised NCI had visual, and gave position. AWLB tasked, given position by NCI, and towed to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030762
39318 29/08/2021 NCI Gosport Pan Pan from yacht with engine failure. NCI had visual, and informed HMCG. Other yacht assisted, and towed casualty to safety. Pan Pan not cancelled. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030684
39411 29/08/2021 NCI Stepper Point NCI noted radio comms between HMCG and vessel re. Man overboard. CG requested visual, negative, NCi suggested location. NCI saw person pulled from water, CG informed ILB tasked to intercept. All safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030759
39261 29/08/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCg requested NCI keep look out for yacht reported missing. CG reported incident closed MCA/HMCG No Yes 030589
39229 29/08/2021 NCI Lyme Bay NCI contacted by HMCG re. speed boat broken down. Visual established, position updated. passing vessel tries to tow, and ILB tasked and takes over tow. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030654
39263 28/08/2021 NCI Portscatho MOP reported to NCI concern for lone swimmer. NCI had visual, not apparently in distress. HMCG informed, NCI asked to monitor. Swimmer eventually appeared to reach beach safely NCI No Yes 030499
39214 28/08/2021 NCI St Alban's Head 2 Cyclists advised NCI that 1 had fallen off his bike and hit his head. HMCG advised, ambulance called, casualty taken to A&E. NCI No Yes 030483
39215 28/08/2021 NCI Great Orme 2 MOP observed by NCI on sand bank trying to wade ashore on incoming tide. ILB tasked, CRT and W/K saw them ashore, gave advice, ILB stood down. NCI Yes Yes 030448
39259 28/08/2021 NCI Felixstowe Pan Pan issued by yacht with engine failure, requesting tow. Local patrol rib answered call, and towed to safety of marina MCA/HMCG No Yes 030460
39216 28/08/2021 NCI Great Orme HMCG received report of 2 swimmers possibly in trouble. CCTV requested, observed swimming to rescue raft, not in danger. ILB and CRTtasked, but swimmers dived in and swam back to shore, ILB stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030525
39220 28/08/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG phoned NCI re. broken down jetski. Visual confirmed and advised commercial rib was close by. AWLB tasked, guided by NCI, and towed jet ski and casualties to harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030470
39489 28/08/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn Yacht aground. Reported position to HMCG and also other vessels in area. HMCG requested any vessel to assist. Casualty towed into deeper water. NCI No Yes N/A
39225 28/08/2021 NCI Stone Point NCI informed HMCG 2 paddle boarders in water. Local boats and doctor attended. 1 casualty needed medical attention. LB and HELO tasked. HELO recovered 1, and LB recovered 1 plus 2 others NCI Yes Yes 030482
40076 28/08/2021 NCI Point Lynas HMCG requested NCI information on RIB harassing other craft. NCI had visual. HMCG asked Police to interview occupants when they land. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39297 28/08/2021 NCI Exmouth NCI observed 2 paddle boaders drifting erratically on flood tide. HMCG informed of potential danger. Continued observation until safely ashore. NCI No Yes n/a
39202 27/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point NCI heard report of unmanned dinghy. Out of visual range but NCI informed CG they would look out for it. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39207 27/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point MOP called HMCG re. possible disappearance of paddleboaders and sighting of deflated boards. NCI had visual on boards. ILB tasked. Casualties found safe - had deflated own boards MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030323
39224 27/08/2021 NCI Charlestown NCI alerted HMCG 3 MOP cut off by tide on beach. CRT tasked, NCI kept visual. casualties waded to safety, CRT gave advice. NCI No Yes 030334
39191 26/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed rib with 4 POB paddles out and waving. HMCG informed. HMCG advised to observe to see if other rib would help. managed to start engine, and made its way back to safety. NCI No Yes 030171
39252 26/08/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI for visual on MOP in distress walking into sea fully clothed. Casualty located, updated CG. ILB tasked, picked up casualty and met Police at slipway MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030218
39537 26/08/2021 NCI Needles HMCG requested visual on small MB drifting. following radio comms, located casualty being towed by red FV. HMCG notified and NCI stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030091
39232 26/08/2021 NCI Shoreham HMCG contacted NCI re. Paddle border in difficulty. Visual obtained, and casualty returned to shore unaided MCA/HMCG No Yes 030186
39235 26/08/2021 NCI Swanage May Day from motor cruiser with engine fire. 6POB. NCI had visual, gave position to HMCG. AWLB tasked, extinguished fire, transferred crew to LB, and all returned to shore to be met by fire service. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030116
39189 25/08/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested NCI search for 2 horse riders reported injured.Unable to locate after extensive search. CRT and HELO tasked, located casualties and HELO airlifted both to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 029936
39240 25/08/2021 NCI Gosport Motor boat issued May Day with engine failure. NCI told HMCG they had visual. Engine restarted , distress cancelled and casualty returned to marina, MCA/HMCG No Yes 030018
39201 25/08/2021 NCI Felixstowe Pan Pan heard from motor cruiser with engine trouble. NCI contacted HMCG to say they had visual. AWLB tasked and towed casualty to marina MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 029873
39478 25/08/2021 NCI Portland Bill Reported yacht drifting toward rocks. HMCG tasked Weymouth RNLI to assist. NCI Yes Yes 029832
39488 25/08/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn Radio meessage from HMCG to CRT - woman removed from water. Advised HMCG that we have visual. Two ambulances and Helimed on scene. RNLI and SAR helo tasked. Casualty medevacced by Helimed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes N/A
39231 25/08/2021 NCI Shoreham NCI observed inflatable with 3 POB being blown out to sea. HMCG informed. ILB tasked and recovered inflatable and casualties to safety NCI Yes Yes 029885
39181 24/08/2021 NCI Porthcawl Police requested NCI do visual and CCTV search for MISPER. HMCG advised. Nothing found after extensive search. Station closed down, and lady found safe and well later by Police. Police No Yes POL803


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