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.
38821 27/07/2021 NCI Caister UKBF requested NCI report any sighting of suspicious vessel on 16th July. Info. provided, nothing fitting description observed.. UK Border Force No No n/a
38825 27/07/2021 NCI Caister Ch16 Mayday relay from HMCG requesting visual on sighting of man overboard.Nothing seen MCA/HMCG No Yes 025128
38806 27/07/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG phoned NCI, concerned for wing surfer, unable to reboard. NCI kept under observation, and eventually casualty reached safety ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 024837
38810 26/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on yacht broken down, and skipper unwell. ILB and AWLB tasked. Poor visibility, so good observation difficult. ILB towed vessel back to marina, NCI stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 024703
39868 26/07/2021 NCI Point Lynas Motor boat observed drifting with no power. HMCG informed. Vessel managed to restart engine and continue. NCI No Yes n/a
38777 26/07/2021 NCI Shoreham NCI observed fishing vessel capsize south of harbour. 1 person clinging to wreckage. HMCG informed. LBs tasked, recovered casualty safely. Vessel sank. NCI Yes Yes 024563
38760 25/07/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent MOP reported to HMCG dinghy in trouble. NCI requested to search, appeared to be fine. LB still tasked, approached vessel, no action required. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 024396
38799 25/07/2021 NCI Needles Yacht lost rudder, unable to steer in Needles channel. DSC alert, and Pan Pan. NCI phoned HMCGG, and kept observation. Other vessel assisted and yacht made safe passage. NCI No Yes
38762 24/07/2021 NCI Stone Point Yacht reported engine failure on CH16, and will need assistance. 4POB, NCI had visual, and monitored. Yacht safely entered river and out of sight of NCI NCI No Yes 024143
38929 24/07/2021 NCI Hornsea MOP reported to NCI possible dangerous chemical on beach. HMCG and Police informed. Container not found as tide came in. NCI No Yes 024176
38779 24/07/2021 NCI Felixstowe MOP reported swimmer missing. Turned out to be lobster pot, then wetsuit found floating, so incident upgraded to full search. Nothing found after 4.5 hours MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 024140
38798 24/07/2021 NCI Needles MOP reported to NCI missing child, age 10. Did not want incident escalated, so sarch carried out of immediate area. Child found safe and well. NCI No Yes n/a
38759 23/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. paddle boarders in difficulty. NCI monitored, and confirmed all paddle boarders in bay are not in difficulty, and ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 024045
38776 23/07/2021 NCI Shoreham 4 swimmers observed in difficulty. HMCG informed, LB tasked. Casualties eventually self rescued. NCI Yes Yes 023938
38744 23/07/2021 NCI Worms Head MOP in danger of stranding. HMCG informed. CRT at scene, LB returned casualty to shore safely. NCI Yes Yes 023959
38745 23/07/2021 NCI Nells Point 2 MOP on inflatable dinghy in potential danger. HMCG informed. Occupants of dinghy clambered onto rocks with dinghy, and reached safety NCI No Yes 023986
38756 22/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested assistance for swimmer in difficulty. NCI had visual, informed CG, ILB tasked, recovered casualty, plus further persons in difficulty, all safely recovered. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 023786
38761 22/07/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Rib observed by NCI with power problem. HMCG informed, Second rib attended, and towed casualty back to safety. NCI No Yes 023768
38758 22/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual by NCI on MOP on paddle boards. In difficulty but refuse assistance from ILB. Not making progress so ILB returned and took them to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 023797
38738 22/07/2021 NCI Caister MOP reported to NCI elderly male fallen on coast path and suffered blow to head. WK ascertained casualty was conscious and no blood. Ambulance requested, but response 13 hours! WK advised A&E NCI No Yes n/a
38753 21/07/2021 NCI Torbay 4 youths observed tomb stoning off rock. HMCG informed. 3 jumped, 1 climbed down. No apparent injuries. NCI No Yes 023510
38720 21/07/2021 NCI Great Orme 4 youths on sand bank seen climbing onto rescue raft. HMCG informed. ILB tasked, and ferried 2 across channel, other 2 swam ashore. CRT gave appropriate advice. NCI Yes Yes 023450
38730 21/07/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG asked NCI for visual on rib behaving suspiciously. NCI confirmed departure and return with same POB MCA/HMCG No Yes 023350
38374 21/07/2021 NCI Calshot Tower HMCG requested NCI for visual on 2 POB in kayak behaving irresponsibly. All Ok MCA/HMCG No Yes 023448
38792 21/07/2021 NCI Froward Point Motor Cruiser observed by NCI close to lobster pots and in danger of running aground. Advised on Ch16. NCI informed HMCG. Vessel turned away. All safe. NCI No Yes n/a
38702 20/07/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG requested visual on youths tombstoning. Visual obtained, HMCG advised, and shore patrol advised youths accordingly, to no effect. MCA/HMCG No Yes 023210
38707 20/07/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on swimmer possibly in difficulty. Thorough sweep of area revealed nothing MCA/HMCG No Yes 023231
38711 20/07/2021 NCI Nells Point Kayak with 1 POB plus dog capsized and unable to board. HMCG informed, LB close by on exercise. Canoeist assisted to reboard, and LB followed casualty to safety NCI Yes Yes 023216
38712 20/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. paddle boarder in difficulty. NCI had visual, ILB tasked, and recovered casualty and board, All safe and well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 023136
38713 20/07/2021 NCI Porthcawl Lifeguards contacted NCI for visual on floating object. Object thought to be paddle board seen, no person with it. ILB tasked, and recovered kayak, possibly from local hire shop.. No persons seen. NCI Yes Yes 023138
38723 20/07/2021 NCI Hornsea Motor launch with flat battery drifting in front of lookout. HMCG informed. Hornsea ILB tasked and towed vessel to safety. NCI Yes Yes 023208
38690 20/07/2021 NCI Worms Head MOP observed on causeway. Attempted to warn of danger. HMCG informed. ILB and CRT tasked. MOP waded to safety with guidance. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 023145
38700 19/07/2021 NCI Stone Point Kite surfer possibly in trouble, refused assistance from boat. 3 MOP waved crossed arms, thought to be distress signal, but false alarm. Advice from beach patrol NCI No Yes 022947
38710 19/07/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG called NCI about 2 paddle boarders possibly in trouble in rip. NCI had been monitoring. They eventually reached safety without intervention MCA/HMCG No Yes 022958
38775 19/07/2021 NCI Shoreham NCI observed unattended dinghy adrift. HMCG informed. No Further Action as drifted out of visual contact. NCI No Yes 022877
38683 19/07/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG issued Pan Pan for motor cruiser with engine failure. NCI advised had visual. Another vessel arranged tow and both reached harbour safely. NCI monitored progress. MCA/HMCG No Yes 022962
38653 18/07/2021 NCI Worms Head HMCG requested visual on swimmer in difficulty near causeway. NCI concerned about swimmer, HMCG tasked ILB, and HELO. Swimmer reached shore safely, no assistance needed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022598
38655 18/07/2021 NCI Fleetwood ILB tasked by HMCG to swimmer reported 1 mile out to sea. NCI asked to monitor. ILB and 3 Jetskiers carried out extensive search, no result.. Stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022681
38659 18/07/2021 NCI Felixstowe Pan Pan from yacht fouled on lobster pots. HMCG tasked ILB, which freed yacht with difficulty, and towed to marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 022638
38774 18/07/2021 NCI Shoreham Pan Pan from inflatable out of fuel. yacht offered assistance, and towed casualty to harbour safely. Monitored by NCI. NCI No Yes 02246


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