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.
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
47497 18/09/2023 NCI Shoreham MOP called NCI re. kite surfer drifting and unable to get on board. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. No assets were deployed, and MOP informed NCI casualty had reached beach, but rig still drifting. NCI No Yes 535038
47492 18/09/2023 NCI Exmouth NCI heard comms re. RIB aground, 5 POB. HMCG offered CCTV of area. After ILB passed, CCTV range exceeded. ILB waited for tide to refloat casualty. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 534995
57557 18/09/2023 NCI Southend NCI observed a small yacht had broken its mooring in adverse weather. HMCG notified. No POB. CRT tasked, and secured vessel on beach, NFA. NCI No Yes 535050
47485 17/09/2023 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent HMCG called NCI re. items found on beach, concern for possible missing owner. While W/K was investigating, owner, a swimmer, appeared safe and well. CG informed, CRT stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 534827
47491 17/09/2023 NCI Nells Point NCI observed MOP crossing to island, tide about to cover causeway. HMCG informed, NCI asked to monitor. ILB and CRT tasked. Person observed by CRT to be camping on island. Assets stood down NCI Yes Yes 534904
47480 16/09/2023 NCI Newhaven NCI called HMCG re. concern for missing diver. AWLB tasked, to search. Diver had been on body board. various possibilities were investigated, but not the casualty, then casualty found by breakwater., NCI informed CG casualty had been found safe and well. NCI Yes Yes 534652
47484 16/09/2023 NCI Whitstable Elderly MOP fell unconscious near lookout. Family unable to call 999, so NCI assisted by calling ambulance, and gave location. Casualty attended by paramedics and taken to hospital NCI No No n/a
47479 15/09/2023 NCI Gosport Pan Pan issued from vessel with engine failure in harbour entrance. NCI advised HMCG they had visual., and asked to monitor. Police RIBwent to assist and took casualty under tow to marina. MCA/HMCG No Yes 534552
47457 14/09/2023 NCI Brancaster HMCG called NCI re. missing fishing vessel. Call had been received saying vessel had been hit by rogue wave. CRT arrived at station, searched for vessel, Pan Pan also issued to all vessels in area., Vessel then located in bay, all well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 204595
47460 14/09/2023 NCI St Ives NCI observed ba swimmer struggling against tide. HMCG informed. ILB tasked. Swimmer reached rocks, but had injuries. casualty attended by LB and returned safely to shore. NCI Yes Yes 204587
47511 13/09/2023 NCI Porthdinllaen HMCG called NCI re. broken down power boat. NCI confirmed visual and vessel details, and details of nearby vessel. CG contacted them and they towed casualty to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 204487
47452 13/09/2023 NCI Hornsea MOP entered lookout and asked W/Ks to inform care home not to collect her. W/Ks said they could not do so. She became agitated and threatened to take her own life. Police called, took responsibility, NCI heard nothing more before station closed. NCI No Yes POL361
47448 12/09/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of upturned boat. Search revealed no boat bu two logs in area. Second search still revealed no boat, incident closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 204367
47433 11/09/2023 NCI Cromer MOP informed NCI of a person walking into the sea fully clothed, wearing backpack. HMCG informed. ILB tasked. Person informed ILB he was cooling off and did not want to leave pack on beach., Parson was monitored, ILB stood down, CRT met person to discuss - all well, but advice given. NCI Yes Yes 204182
47437 11/09/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP informed NCI an elderly lady had fallen and cut her arm. 999 call requesting ambulance but declined due to workload. W/K attended casualty, and casualties daughter dressed wound. , Casualty then escorted to a car and taken to minor injuries unit. NCI No Yes 204217
47441 11/09/2023 NCI Needles NCI received a call re. MOP with possible cardiac episode. W/K attended with defibrillator, radio & mobile. 999 called, patients wife gave appropriate medicine. 2 ambulances arrived, patient stable., Casualty taken to hospital. NCI No No Am2016
47418 09/09/2023 NCI Fleetwood NCI observed 2 MOP in danger of being cut off by tide. HMCG informed, CRT tasked and escorted casualties back to shore. MMO No Yes 203722
47405 09/09/2023 NCI Gosport Harbour Master requested harbour patrol and MOD police launch assist a motor launch with loss of power. NCI asked to assist, and CG updated. Harbour patrol towed casualty to marina. All safe. MCA/HMCG No Yes 203570
47407 09/09/2023 NCI Wooltack Point Dive boat reported 2 divers missing. NCI called HMCG - casualties not visible. 3 vessels responded and AWLB tasked. Dive RIB and jetski located missing divers and picked them up. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 203628
47413 09/09/2023 NCI Polruan Sailing vessel called harbour patrol to report engine failure, but comms bad. NCI liaised with harbour patrol and called HMCG, detailing nearby vessels. CG called for assistance on CH16 and, second vessel towed casualty to port and safety. NCI No Yes 203713
47417 09/09/2023 NCI Fleetwood NCI observed 2 MOP and dog in danger of being cut off by tide. HMCG informed, CRT tasked, and escorted casualties back to shore. NCI No Yes 203653
47404 08/09/2023 NCI Hornsea A lone sailor was trying to return to his moored vessel in zero visibility, rowing a small inflatable with diesel and prrafin aboard. No radio and no phone signal. HMCG asked CRT to intervene, but he , would not listen, so local LB was tasked to get him safely to his vessel. He then called CG on VHF. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 534227
47370 07/09/2023 NCI Nells Point NCI observed swimmer making no progress against current. HMCG informed, swimmer called by hailer, but in rip current. ILB tasked, nearby vessel alerted. ILB conned onto casualty, who was recovered. NCI No Yes 533978
47375 07/09/2023 NCI Filey MOP informed NCI a person had fallen. W/K attended, ambulance called by MOP but as casualty was getting worse NCI called 999. Ambulance crew escorted to casualty, and casualty taken to hospital. NCI No Yes 533969
47352 06/09/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP informed NCI a gentleman had fallen from 3 metre cliff. Ambulance had been called. Paramedics assessed patient, who had cuts to limbs and abrasions on back. Discharged by paramedics. NCI No Yes 533718
47353 06/09/2023 NCI Exmouth NCI observed a swimmer drifting in falling tide, in mid channel. LGs informed, jetski deployed and returned casualty to shore. HMCG informed. NCI No Yes 533585
47359 06/09/2023 NCI Newhaven Pan Pan from HMCG re. broken down speedboat, NCI asked for visual - negative. NCI stood down and assumed vessel towed to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 533804
47363 06/09/2023 NCI Charmouth HMCG called NCI to request visual cofirmation of rock fall reported by FV. Details conformed by NCI. CRT, ILB and HELO all checked situation, NFA. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 533721
47346 06/09/2023 NCI Brancaster MOP informed NCI there was a hypochlorite container washed up on beach, lid intact and some contents. HMCG informed, and local council contacted to remove container. N.T ranger arranger removal. NCI No Yes n/a
47385 05/09/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. report from MOP about swimmers in difficulty. Visual requested, ILB tasked. Initial visual negative, ILB searched with negative results, and while out checked wing surfer - fine MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 533515
47387 05/09/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG tasked ILB to 8 swimmers in RIP current, LGs attending. NCI had visual, patched link to CG. 2 ILBs attended, and recovered swimmers, also checked 2 paddle boarders - fine. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 533525
47393 05/09/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI monitored cabin cruiser entering channel. ILB also present and reported vessel had run aground., 2 POB. Attempted to tow off, and requested larger ILB with pump. NCI had visual, Vessel then, had to wait for next tide, NCI monitored until afloat, all safe and no damage. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 533541
47341 05/09/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI re. 2 broken down jet skis on beach waiting for LB. NCI had visual - not in danger. ILB attended, CRT attending. One driver had injured knee. CRT drove one, and owner drove second, as they were towed from surf line. ILB then towed both jet skis to slipway, all safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 533559
47315 04/09/2023 NCI Calshot Tower HMCG issued MayDay re. 2 swimmers in distress. Activity centre RIB advised CG they had rescued 2 swimmers and taken them to LB station. LB station advised CG they were in their care, and fine. MCA/HMCG No Yes 533153
47383 04/09/2023 NCI Penzance Paddle Boarder called NCI to say he was travelling past, aware of sea state and very experienced. HMCG tasked ILB after report from MOP re Paddle Boarder in trouble. NCI informed CG of previous call. , ILB tasked, and met Paddle Boarder and told all was well. ILB stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 533256
47324 04/09/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI observed a motor cruiser aground. HMCG informed. 1 POB, no lifejacket. NCI asked to monitor. Vessel then refloated and seen to move to deeper water, CG informed. NCI No Yes 533149
47333 04/09/2023 NCI Porthdinllaen NCI observed a kayak, 2 POB, in difficulty with wind and tide, HMCG informed, AWLB tasked, and towed the casualty to shore. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 533262
47299 03/09/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI re, yacht drifting too close to shore. NCI asked to monitor. Vessel corrected course - NCI stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 532927
47302 03/09/2023 NCI Whitstable NCI observed swimmer struggling against tide. HMCG informed. Swimmer altered direction and reached shore safely, CG informed. NCI No Yes 533000


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