Incident Summaries

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The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 7949
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.
50078 17/06/2024 NCI Cape Cornwall HMCG called NCI re. report of Fishing vessel with engine failure. NCI had logged vessel and were asked to monitor. Pan Pan issued. NCI observed casualty then moving under its own steam., NCI informed CG, FV confirmed problem was solved. Pan Pan cancelled. MCA/HMCG No Yes 520312
50075 16/06/2024 NCI Hengistbury Head MayDay relay from HMCG re. EPIRB distress, AWLB and HELO tasked to search. NCI searched indicated position - negative. Position coincided with track of power boat race, nothing found., CG contacted race control as had not been informed of race. Later position in harbour, vessel checked and all well. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 520180
50068 16/06/2024 NCI Wooltack Point local vessel reported to HMCG a MOP was lying motionless on grass. CG phoned NCI, W/K walked to area. W/K reported the MOP was fine, and enjoying sun. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 520173
50071 15/06/2024 NCI Needles NCI observed a Man Overboard from yacht in race. HMCG informed, ILB tasked. Casualty thrown line and was hauled onto yacht. CG informed. ILB checked casualty, as did AWLB which was in area. , All reported well. NCI Yes Yes 520015
50060 15/06/2024 NCI Bembridge Yacht issued a Man Overboard signal during race. AWLB tasked to vessel, and was conned to casualty by NCI. LB established it was a false alarm, no man overboard. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
50064 15/06/2024 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent NCI heard radio traffic re. capsized dingy. Local patrol had recovered 2 casualties, dinghy was drifting. NCI had visual, HMCG informed. Dinghy was allowed to drift to beach where it was recovered MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 520093
50065 15/06/2024 NCI Portscatho Kayak broke loose from pontoon while owner was swimming, and drifted out to sea. HMCG requested NCI monitor kayak, and position regularly reported. Kayak eventually drifted out of sight. MCA/HMCG No Yes 520056
50052 14/06/2024 NCI Prawle Point Sailing vessel contacted NCI requesting assistance. HMCG informed, giving position. 2 local yachts offered assistance until AWLB arrived. LB escorted casualty to harbour and safety. NCI Yes Yes 519898
50059 14/06/2024 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed a kite surfer in difficulty. HMCG informed, camera like established. Monitoring continued, and eventually casualty regained board and returned to beach. CG informed. NCI No Yes 519924
50046 13/06/2024 NCI Bembridge Vessel informed HMCG of an upturned catamaran, no-one visible. May Day issued. NCI asked for visual - negative, but monitoring requested. AWLB tasked, NCI advised CG they had visual., Race control advised details of casualty. LB located casualty and advised it was dismasted, 1 POB and a trimaran. Casualty advised he was fine and under way to harbour under power. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 519794
50053 13/06/2024 NCI Whitstable 2 catamarans launched and one capsized 100mtrs from shore. Unable to right boat, despite assistance. RIB from local dredger helped right the vessel. Both then sailed away. HMCG phoned NCI following , call from MOP, and were updated by NCI. ILB was tasked and located 2 catamarans and all appeared well. NFA. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 519810
50043 12/06/2024 NCI Shoreham RNLI called NCI re. report from MOP of kite surfer in difficulty. MOP advised to call HMCG. NCI established visual, CG informed. ILB tasked, and recovered casualty. RNLI Yes Yes 519706
50049 12/06/2024 NCI Needles NCI observed vessel drifting and signalling passing boats. HMCG informed, NCI contacted vessel on Ch65 asking them to assist. CG were updated. Seastart contacted for assistance, and , accompanied casualty to safety. NCI No Yes 519678
50027 11/06/2024 NCI Needles HMCG called NCI re. concern for solo sailer, visual established and monitoring requested. Hengistbury Head NCI also called. Sails reported to be flappingILB seen in area and was conned onto, casualty by NCI. Sailor taken onto LB and to harbour, Position of dinghy passed to CG. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 519521
50042 10/06/2024 NCI Folkestone NCI observed an unmanned rowing boat drifting in harbour. HMCG informed, monitoring requested. FV reported in area, but nothing seen. Second vessel also saw nothing. Eventually NCI lost sight, NFA. NCI No Yes 519451
50002 10/06/2024 NCI Bembridge NCI observed a yacht aground, HMCG informed. Monitoring requested, and vessel refloated on the rising tide. All appeared well, NFA. NCI No Yes 519259
50014 09/06/2024 NCI Shoreham NCI observed a windsurfer in difficulty. HMCG informed. FV contacted by CG and located casualty, and towed casualty to beach. Casualty safe and had no injuries. NCI No Yes 519290
50015 09/06/2024 NCI Shoreham HMCG called NCI re. report of windsurfer in difficulty. Visual established, ILB tasked, and recovered casualty to beach safely. All well. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 519299
50013 09/06/2024 NCI Stone Point A DSC alert was received from a vessel close to NCI. HMCG called NCI re. yacht in the position indicated. W/K walked to get better view, but saw no vessel in obvious distress, CG informed., CG contacted vessel, who reported no problems, May Day cancelled. MCA/HMCG No Yes 519295
50026 09/06/2024 NCI Exmouth RNLI called NCI re. 4 swimmers in difficulty. NCI confirmed visual, and conned ILB to casualties, HMCG called re. 2 further swimmers and requested observation. ILB recovered all 6 safely. RNLI No Yes 519326
50001 09/06/2024 NCI Stone Point NCI observed a yacht, 3 POB, aground. HMCG informed. Pan pan issued by vessel, Seastart and local LB arrived. LB crew advised crew and vessel were fine, and happy to wait for rising tide. NCI Yes Yes 519138
50003 09/06/2024 NCI Rhoscolyn NCI observed a small gorse fire close to the lookout. W/K doused fire and it appeared to be out. The fire then reignited and continued to smoulder despite further attempt to extinguish. HMCG informed., Fire service consulted and W/Ks advised to leave lookout. FB arrived and extinguished fire, and rail started which also helped. NCI No Yes 519333
50004 09/06/2024 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of a RIB washed up on rocks. Visual requested and confirmed it was on the beach, not rocks, and was probably a LG vessel. Vessel recovered by LGs. MCA/HMCG No Yes 519305
50011 09/06/2024 NCI Shoreham NCI observed a kayak capsize on entering harbour - unable to right itself and climb aboard. 3 jet skis, and safety boat attended, and assisted casualty to right kayak and return to shore safely. , HMCG informed of outcome. NCI No Yes 519247
50000 08/06/2024 NCI Porthcawl MOP informed NCI her daughter was missing. Details passed to HMCG. Extensive search visually and camera, revealed nothing, and casualty found safe at fathers car. NCI No Yes 519102
49980 05/06/2024 NCI Torbay NCI observed a speedboat heading for wild swimmer. Attempts by NCI, and others to contact vessel were made, and eventually it altered course. Swimmer returned safely. NCI No No n/a
49984 05/06/2024 NCI Worms Head MOP informed NCI of possible ordnance off local path. W/K got photo and informed HMCG, sending photo. CRT tasked, and cordoned off item for EOD experts. NCI No Yes 518683
49997 05/06/2024 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed a yacht aground at river entrance, just after high tide. HMCG informed. Several FVs tried to assist, without success. ILB tasked, attempted a tow, but unsuccessful. BF vessel, attended but could not get close. Casualty waited until next high tide, which was after NCI closed. NCI Yes Yes 518655
49974 04/06/2024 NCI Bass Point NCI observed a cargo vessel anchored in the BT cable exclusion zone. Position plotted, BT informed by phone. Situation ongoing to later watches. NCI No No n/a
49983 04/06/2024 NCI Exmouth NCI received call from HMCG re. a May Day relay about a vessel sinking. Nothing heard, ILB searched with negative result. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 518570
49954 03/06/2024 NCI Boscastle HMCG called NCI re. vessel lost power, but it was out of visual range. NCI later established visual as visibility improved. Pan Pan issued, FV responded and towed casualty to harbour to anchor., Casualty eventually reached harbour with auxiliary engine, all safe. MCA/HMCG No Yes 518390
49977 03/06/2024 NCI St Donat's Bay MOP reported to HMCG concern for a swimmer. CG called NCI who reported swimmer had left slipway, well equipped and had been monitored. Swimmer returned to safety of slipway, CG advised. MCA/HMCG No Yes 518443
49950 02/06/2024 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed 3 teens on inflatable being pushed down estuary on ebbing tide. casualties waving. HMCG informed, camera link established. ILB and CRT tasked. 2 Casualties then got into water, trying to, swim. 1 casualty reached shore, and adult tried to recover dinghy in chest deep water. ILB reached casualties to check they were OK. All safe, assets stood down. NCI Yes Yes 518000
49953 02/06/2024 NCI Boscastle HMCG called NCI re. paddle boarders reported to be in trouble.NCI established visual, but poor visibility. Casualties were deemed to not be in trouble, as were known as capable locals. MCA/HMCG No Yes 518258
49949 02/06/2024 NCI Charlestown HMCG tasked ILB to 2 paddle boarders (2 adults + child) hugging coast. NCI confirmed visual, monitoring requested. ILB reached casualties, who were not in trouble and reached beach safely. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 518326
49932 01/06/2024 NCI Charmouth NCI observed a paddle boarder drifting out to sea. Tried to paddle back but not making progress. Then tried swimming back, again with little success. HMCG informed, casualty monitored., Eventually reached shore very tired. CG informed. NCI No Yes 518110
49940 01/06/2024 NCI Rhoscolyn MOP called NCI re. yacht in trouble. HMCG informed, CRT tasked to establish location. ILB tasked to casualty, 2 POB. Yacht then sailed away, ILB alongside, and crew all well., NCI monitored passage until safe arrival. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 518098
49941 01/06/2024 NCI Gosport Pan Pan from sailing vessel, engine failure and skipper with head injury. Local LB tasked, crew treated wound. HELO on scene but not needed. LB started to escort vessel, but engine not reliable so , commenced tow to harbour. Pan Pan cancelled MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 518043
49915 31/05/2024 NCI Worms Head MOP informed NCI his wife was in severe pain, HMCG informed. 999 call for ambulance, but ETA 2 hours. Casualty transported to local hotel by car to await ambulance. CRT attended. In the end, , casualty taken to hospital by Taxi NCI No Yes 517910
49966 29/05/2024 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed an angler fishing on a sand bank, considered to be vulnerable to a rising tide. HMCG informed, ILB tasked as out on exercise. LB checked on angler, who was crossing river to safety. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 517661

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