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.
39110 11/08/2021 NCI Nare Point Catamaran observed by NCI to capsize. HMCG informed. No apparent distress. NCI stood down as race control took responsibility. NCI No Yes n/a
39009 11/08/2021 NCI Penzance HMCG requested visual search of shore, as rucksack found on beach. CCTV scan saw one swimmer. CRT tasked and found rucksack. No problem found. MCA/HMCG No Yes 027221
39151 10/08/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested local weather report, following report of boy missing while snorkelling. No visual contact on CCTV. Lifeguard recovered casualty to safety MCA/HMCG No Yes 027136
38994 10/08/2021 NCI Newhaven NCI informed HMCG of what looked like a fishing vessel, possibly aground. CRT tasked, and photo sent to CG.. Appeared to be optical illusion as no longer looked like vessel. CRT nothing found. NCI No Yes 027126
39447 09/08/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn 4 persons in water, thrown from jet skis. visual requested. LB tasked but fault, so HELO tasked. Casualties reached beach and assessed by CRT and HELO - all well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
39114 09/08/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG called NCI for visual on cruiser believed to be drifting. CG called all vessels, Casualty called and advised all well. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
38972 09/08/2021 NCI Worms Head MOP fell and injured ankle on causeway. HMCG informed. CRT tasked. HELO requested, airlifts CRT team and casualty to safety. Other MOPs crossed safely. NCI No Yes 026957
38963 08/08/2021 NCI Boscastle HMCG paged CRT to investigate downed kite surfer. NCI contacted CG and established position was same as report of ghost net, matching description given. CRT stood down.CG not contacted earlier as busy MCA/HMCG No Yes 026812
38971 08/08/2021 NCI Bass Point HMCG hone NCI re. possible stranding of 4 MOP. CRT tasked, but delayed. W/K walked to scene. LB launched, offered assistance - declined, all 4 scaled cliff MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026735
39008 08/08/2021 NCI Southend Kite Surfer observed in trouble. HMCG informed. As tide fell, he was able to stand up, and started towards shore. CRT and ILB tasked but no assistance required. NCI Yes Yes 026779
39014 07/08/2021 NCI Hornsea MOP called NCI about 25l container on beach. HMCG informed and confirmed they would deal with matter NCI No Yes 026552
39015 07/08/2021 NCI Hornsea NC had concern for child on body board in possible danger. HMCG informed. CG attended station, child no longer visible, assumed to have returned home. NCI No Yes 026591
38937 07/08/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent RIB washed ashore, HMCG aware. W/K walked to location, photographed people stripping RIB of components. Photos sent to HMCG NCI No Yes 026359
38945 07/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point May Day from yacht, later downgraded to Pan Pan. Engine failure and rope around prop. No response from HMCG, so NCI relayed. ILB tasked and towed casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026566
38946 07/08/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG had report of 2 kayakers in difficulty. NCI located and monitored safe return to shore MCA/HMCG No Yes 026559
38953 07/08/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG phoned NCI Re. abandoned boat. W/K walked to location, took photos, identified vessel, and HMCG attempted to trace owner. MCA/HMCG No Yes 026554
38954 07/08/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Pan Pan from motor cruiser net around prop. Distress upgraded as smoke from engine. LBs tasked and towed casualty back to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026553
38955 07/08/2021 NCI Stone Point MOP reported tender washed up on shore. W/K investigated and reported to HMCG. Photos supplied. NCI No Yes 026571
38964 06/08/2021 NCI Froward Point 2 kayakers in possible difficulty, being monitored by NCI. CG advised not in immediate danger but conditions bad. LB met kayakers and escorted to shore MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026406
38930 05/08/2021 NCI Mablethorpe HMCG requested look for 2 missing children using camera. Children found safe and well. MCA/HMCG No Yes 026296
38919 05/08/2021 NCI Stone Point Yacht aground, called HMCG. NCI identified and passed position to HMCG. LB tasked, kedge anchor deployed so can be winched off on rising tide. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026262
38928 05/08/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI received call re. possible drowning. HMCG aware. LB, Police, CRT, Ambulance tasked as possible suicide. Casualty found at home, safe but unstable. NCI Yes Yes 026285
38949 04/08/2021 NCI Felixstowe HMCG reported speedboat grounded on sandbank. Owner tried to refloat, failed, and RIB assisted . Vessel refloated and towed into river. NCI No Yes 026122
38907 04/08/2021 NCI Nells Point NCI advised HMCG 5 adults, 1 child and 1 dog on island with causeway due to flood. NCI asked to observe. 2 adults, child and dog waded ashore, ILB recovered 2 more, 1 remained to go fishing. NCI Yes Yes 026062
38913 04/08/2021 NCI Caister Police request NCI look out for missing person. Description given. HMCG coordinated CRTs. Nothing seen, and later confirmed MISPER found safe and well. Police No Yes 025983
38916 04/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point Pan Pan from rib with engine failure. Nothing heard so HMCG contacted. NCI had visual. Second rib took casualty under tow to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 026091
38918 04/08/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Request from HMCG for visual on small craft with engine failure. Casualty located, HMCG informed. LB tasked, RIB took vessel under tow, LB stood down. All safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026096
38920 04/08/2021 NCI Portscatho Kayaker observed by NCI capsized and unable to reboard. No bouyancy aid. HMCG informed. CG attempt to contact nearby vessel, without response, but it went anyway. Took casualty aboard, kayak recovered NCI No Yes 026068
38906 02/08/2021 NCI Stone Point Yacht observed aground on spit. HMCG informed and LB tasked. LB towed casualty off and recovered crew member. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 025665
38931 01/08/2021 NCI Hornsea Jet Ski observed in trouble, drifting in surf. HMCG informed, and requested NCI monitor. Hornsea mobile tasked, Jet Ski recovered. NCI No Yes 025569
38899 01/08/2021 NCI Charlestown NCI overheard message re. child drifting out to sea. Offered visual and contacted jetski companywho recovered casualty safely to beach MCA/HMCG No Yes 025547
38903 31/07/2021 NCI Great Orme Vessel observed emitting large amounts of smoke and struggling to maintain movement. HMCG requested monitoring, harbour master informed. radio report that vessel reached harbour safely. NCI No Yes 025418
38833 30/07/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Yacht under observation by NCI, problem with foresail. HMCG phoned re. possible man overboard. Yacht aground. LB tasked. Line aboard, and yacht towed to safe mooring, to await better weather. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025242
38834 30/07/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Rib called HMCG, engine failure and drifting. NCI informed CG yacht under observation. LB tasked, and towed Rib to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025257
38840 30/07/2021 NCI Exmouth NCI advised HMCG of yacht adrift and grounded on sea wall. harbour master tried unsuccessfully to lift off. NCI No Yes 025264
38841 30/07/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent Rib requested assistance from NCI. Lost power and drifting. HMCG informed. LB tasked and towed vessel to safety in Cowes. NCI Yes Yes 025257
38832 29/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. possible swimmer in trouble. Search carried out, with negative results. Suspected marker buoy mistaken for swimmer MCA/HMCG No Yes 025074
38818 29/07/2021 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea Lieguards informed NCI of missing child. Visual search, found child within 5 minutes. Lifeguards informed, and child reunited with parents. HMCG informed. RNLI Yes Yes 025083
38826 29/07/2021 NCI Caister HMCG requested visual on kayak reported drifting off shore. Visual established, reported to HMCG, local ILB tasked, and towed kayak to shore MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025128
38809 28/07/2021 NCI Torbay Yacht radioed adrift and in danger. NCI confirmed visual and reported to HMCG. Second yacht nearby and towed to harbour. NCI No Yes 024951


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