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.
47161 26/08/2023 NCI Nells Point HMCG called NCI re. yacht aground on causeway. NCI established visual, 5 POB, asked to monitor. Crew signalled emergency. Nearby vessel stood by. May Day then issued, ILB tasked. AWLB and CRT, also tasked. CG decided to evacuate casualties when causeway uncovered, so LBs stood down. casualties evacuated on foot later, and waiting to refloat vessel on tide, but damage possible. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 531422
47212 25/08/2023 NCI Shoreham HMCG requested NCI look for yacht which MOP had reported to been difficulty. NCI identified vessel, informed CG. Vessel entered harbour safely, 2 POB, CG informed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 531266
47150 24/08/2023 NCI Nells Point NCI expressed concern for inflatable dinghy with O/B, 4 POB, no lifejackets. HMCG informed, NCI asked to monitor. NCI expressed further concern, ILB tasked and escorted vessel back to harbour., Vessel had suffered engine problem. NCI Yes Yes 531136
47157 24/08/2023 NCI Porthcawl Police called NCI re. report of body at bottom of cliff. HMCG informed, CRT and ILB tasked, NCI monitored. Body was recovered by Police and CG, NCI forwarded CCTV recording. Police Yes Yes POL843
47108 22/08/2023 NCI Skegness NCI observed an inflatable drifting out to sea. No person visible. Item collected by passing vessel, HMCG informed. NCI No Yes 530681
47110 22/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point Yacht called HMCG with engine failure. NCI advised they had visual, and advised re. nearby vessels. Motor cruiser towed casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
47120 22/08/2023 NCI Charmouth HMCG called NCI re. report of lost child. Search requested. Beach search undertaken, then it was reported child had been reunited with parents. CG informed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 530642
47124 22/08/2023 NCI Canvey Island NCI were called by HMCG re. report of MOP in dangerous place. Search carried out, and no danger was apparent as high tide was some time away. Assets stood down, all reached safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes
47756 22/08/2023 NCI Exmouth HMCG contacted NCI Exmouth after MOP reported swimmer in difficulty. No visual of casualty-RNLI launched jet ski - no casualty sighted- all stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530736
47134 22/08/2023 NCI Mablethorpe NCI observed inflatable, 2 POB, 100 mars out to sea. LGs contacted, and HMCG. ILB and CRT tasked. NCI and CRT conned ILB onto casualty, which was found to be tethered. ILB returned, all well. NCI Yes Yes 530679
47139 22/08/2023 NCI Swanage HMCG asked NCI for visual on paddle boarder in difficulty, following 999 call from MOP. Visual established, PB was near 2 kayakers and RIB. NCI asked to monitor and Pan Pan issued asking vessels , to check. RIB contacted CG to sat they thought second PB was the problem. ILB tasked to check PBs who said they were fine. Then kayakers caused concern, so ILB checked them, one of whom , asked for help, and was recovered. Eventually all returned to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530698
47125 21/08/2023 NCI Portland Bill Vessel called NCI re. engine failure. HMCG informed. AWLB tasked and casualty was towed by local vessel. NCI Yes Yes 530430
47145 21/08/2023 NCI Hornsea NCI observed an unmanned inflatable drifting out to sea. HMCG informed. Object later lost to vision from NCI - last known position given to CG. NCI No Yes 530483
47147 21/08/2023 NCI Gosport May Day issued on Ch16, vessel capsized. HMCG requested visual from NCI - affirmative. Second vessel proceeded to casualty, reported persons in water. All casualties reported out of water, ILBand AWLB, tasked. All four casualties recovered safely and capsized vessel recovered. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530506
47093 21/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point Pan Pan issued from angling charter with engine failure. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. NCI asked to monitor. Second FV went to assistance and tow casualty into safety of harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 530472
47104 20/08/2023 NCI Mablethorpe RNLI requested assistance from NCI to identify a white object heading north. NCI unable to get visual. ILB tasked, and searched for MISPERS, also CRT. 2 inflatable objects seen. , No Person involved. RNLI Yes Yes 357091
47106 20/08/2023 NCI Torbay NCI received call from HMCG re. open career on Ch 16. Asked to listen for background sounds, which continued until watch closed. MCA/HMCG No Yes 530300
47075 20/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point Yacht issued a Pan Pan - stuck on pots. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. Fishing vessel called to say they were caught on their pots. AWLB tasked, however yacht freed itself and proceeded onward. , Next NCI station informed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530156
47082 20/08/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI heard MayDay from yacht which was towing a windsurfer with a broken mast. Towline had fouled propellor. Windsurfer in the water and unable to get on board. Tow continued under sail but assistance , requested. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. Downgraded to Pan Pan, vessel offered assistance but ILB tasked, recovered casualty, NCI lost visual. All safe, NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 530238
47194 20/08/2023 NCI Bembridge NCI observed kayaker detached from his kayak, and having difficulty swimming ashore. HMCG informed. Casualty eventually reached shore, CG kept updated. No assets required. NCI No Yes 530180
47092 20/08/2023 NCI Folkestone NCI observed a suspicious package in the sea. HMCG informed. Border Force tasked, and NCI conned them onto object. Item was a whiskey barrel, which they recovered to dispose of. NCI No Yes UKBF
47101 20/08/2023 NCI Charmouth Lost child was reported to NCI, Police and CRT present. HMCG informed, already aware. NCI carried out search. Child then seen in company of Police and CRT. All well. NCI No Yes 530211
47103 20/08/2023 NCI Mablethorpe Police received message re. MISPER while at NCI. Search carried out. Advised not to approach if seen. Police then informed NCI MISPER had been found and returned home. NFA Police No No POL160
47264 19/08/2023 NCI Needles NCI reported to HMCG a yacht was aground. 4 POB with lifejackets. AWLB tasked, NCI monitored situation. LB sent RIB to assess, and decided to leave to refloat on tide. NCI Yes Yes 529997
47077 19/08/2023 NCI Nells Point MOP informed HMCG 3 - 4 wind surfers were in difficulty. NCI asked to scan and report. Incident not visible from station, then informant told CG casualties were safely ashore. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 529885
47090 19/08/2023 NCI Calshot Tower NCI observed a swimmer trying to retrieve a ball, tide and wind against. HMCG informed, local LB tasked, casualty recovered and returned to shore. CG informed, NFA NCI Yes Yes 529926
47057 18/08/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. possible suicide attempt. Visual not possible due to poor visibility. CRT tasked, also PCSO. Casualty removed from sea, by CRT, ILB also requested, then stood down. , Casualty taken in ambulance for treatment. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529703
47058 17/08/2023 NCI Canvey Island HMCG called NCI re report from MOP of paddle boarder in difficulty. Nothing seen by NCI. NCI then saw LiLo - CG informed. ILB tasked, and conned onto LiLo by NCI, which was recovered. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529501
47059 17/08/2023 NCI Porthcawl Police asked NCI for help to locate MISPER. HELO searching. HMCG informed of search. Search ongoing when station closed, casualty later found inland. Police Yes Yes POL896
47061 17/08/2023 NCI Mundesley Yacht called HMCG losing engine power, Pan Pan issued. 1 POB. NCI had visual, CG informed. CG checked that no immediate assistance required. Vessel left NCI area without assistance. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
47070 17/08/2023 NCI Penzance HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP concerned about 2 paddle boarders. NCI replied that it was 2 persons in an inflatable, which they had been monitoring. ILB tasked and confirmed all was well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529554
47072 17/08/2023 NCI Exmouth LG observed floating object, NCI had visual - large cylinder. Harbourmaster informed, HMCG informed, ILB tasked. Identified as buoy from mussel farm, and towed to marina by ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
47073 17/08/2023 NCI Porthdinllaen MOP reported to NCI a waterski boat was close to swimmers. HMCG informed, advised NCI to call police. Police said they would try to identify culprits, but could not confirm attendance. NCI No Yes 131434
47052 17/08/2023 NCI Lyme Bay HMCG called NCI for visual on kayaker reported to be in difficulty. Visual established, and kayaker appeared okay. Monitoring continued, kayaker disappeared from view, then returned and went ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 529591
47056 17/08/2023 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of inflatable, 2 POB, in difficulty. Nothing seen. CRT and ILB tasked.ILB found green rubber ring, but nothing else, assets stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529620
47039 16/08/2023 NCI Torbay Harbour authority contacted NCI re. report from MOP of a fridge/freezer floating in sea. Extensive search revealed nothing. Various vessels also searched but nothing found. NCI No No n/a
47040 16/08/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head MOP called NCI to say she had fallen in a pothole and injured her ankle. Request to inform Rangers of pothole - already aware. Ranger attended casualty, recovered her in vehicle and took her to A&E. NCI No No n/a
47025 15/08/2023 NCI Brancaster HMCG asked NCI for visual looking for 3 children reported missing on island. ILB and CRT tasked. MISPERs found by mobile unit and reunited with parents. All well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 529801
47060 15/08/2023 NCI Mundesley MOP reported to NCI lost child, but gave no detail. LGs unable to be contacted, outcome unknown - assumed to be safe. RNLI No No n/a
47026 15/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point Motor launch broke down and attempted to make way using auxiliary engine. NCI informed HMCG. Other vessels attempted tow, until ILB arrived and took over tow into harbour. NCI Yes Yes 529103


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