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 : 286
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.
50220 27/06/2024 NCI Prawle Point HMCG tasked NCI Prawle Point to make visual search for SUP - nothing found but constant watch maintained, sighted SUP matching on shore. CG informed MCA/HMCG No Yes 522150
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
49847 24/05/2024 NCI Prawle Point French vessel contacted HMCG in French, CG thought it to be in Salcombe area and needed help to anchor. CG and vessel unable to understand each other. NCI asked for visual - negative. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
49646 08/05/2024 NCI Prawle Point HMCG called NCI re. report of kayaker in difficulty. Visual requested, but poor visibility made visual impossible. ILB tasked to casualty. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
49557 02/05/2024 NCI Prawle Point HMCG tasked NCI Prawle Point to monitor vessel (already under observation) which had lost power and to stay on watch until ALB recovered MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 513370
49483 22/04/2024 NCI Prawle Point NCI Prawle Point observed Rib chasing dolphins - reported to Salcombe Harbour who spoke to them on return NCI No No N/A
48682 18/01/2024 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed a drifting yellow object, HMCH informed. Nearby vessel investigated, and suspected temporary fishing buoy adrift. CG informed. NCI No Yes 501580
48387 16/12/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed a large fridge floating in the sea. HMCG informed, and a local Navigation Warning was issued. NCI No Yes n/a
48281 03/12/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing. IFCA informed. IFCA tracked vessel and decided it was legal, NCI thanked for vigilance. NCI No No n/a
48209 24/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG Tasked NCI Prawle Point to make visual for Sloop last reported 23/11/23 - informed HMCG nothing found or had been logged MCA/HMCG No Yes 542908
48201 22/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI Prwle Point observed trawler in area of forbidden fishing - nets clearly visible. Photo evidence sent to IFCA who will invetigate NCI No No N/A
48110 10/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point Yacht issued Pan Pan with engine failure, south of lookout. Able to make way slowly. HMCG informed that NCI had visual. Casualty monitored by NCI until safely in harbour. NCI No Yes 541365
48048 04/11/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed chemical tanker behaving suspiciously, frequently reversing for several hours. HMCG informed, and CG investigated. NCI No Yes n/a
47897 26/10/2023 NCI Prawle Point MOP reported to NCI an unmanned RIB tied to rocks on beach. No Outboard. HMCG informed. NCI No Yes n/a
47693 05/10/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI Prawle Point observed drifting tender. Reported to HMCG . Local fisherman recovered to Salcombe NCI No Yes N/A
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
47287 03/09/2023 NCI Prawle Point Yacht reported engine failure. NCI gave HMCG position, and advised casualty was under tow from a second vessel into port. MCA/HMCG No Yes 532879
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
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
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
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
46885 04/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG called NCI asking for visual of angling charter with engine failure. NCI confirmed, gave position, POB, and nearby vessels. ILB tasked and towed casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 526970
46862 03/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG called NCI re. kayaker reported to be in trouble. NCI had visual, no problem apparent. NCI advised CG of vessels in area, one of which CG asked to investigate. Kayaker proceeded safely onwards. MCA/HMCG No Yes 526770
46863 03/08/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG called NCI re. RIB washed ashore. RIB not visible to NCI. CRT secured RIB above high water mark. Harbour informed, owner to be contacted. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
46643 16/07/2023 NCI Prawle Point MOP called NCI re. RIB aground, people in water. HMCG informed, but already aware. AWLB and ILB tasked. NCI asked to monitor. AWLB launched small RIB, recovered casualties from beach., Vessel disappeared from view as tide came in. NCI Yes Yes 523892
46486 06/07/2023 NCI Prawle Point Yacht called NCI re. engine broken down. Position identified, HMCG informed NCI had visual. Other vessels in area relayed to CG. casualty raised sail and made slow progress to harbour. NCI stood down. NCI No Yes 522242
46204 16/06/2023 NCI Prawle Point Pan Pan issued from yacht with fouled prop. HMCG informed NCI did not have visual. AWLB tasked and took casualty under tow. NCI then established visual. Casualty towed to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 518500
46192 14/06/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG called NCI to ask for visual on yacht with fouled prop. Visual confirmed. Position and conditions advised. Second yacht assisted and towed casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 518115
45919 28/05/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG phoned NCI re. EPIRB from lone kayaker - did NCI have visual - negative. ILB tasked to search. ILB found kayak who had set off EPIRB by mistake. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
45625 01/05/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG asked NCI for visual on yacht which had fouled fishing gear. Nothing seen. AWLB gave updated position, still not visual to NCI. Casualty towed to harbour by LB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
45397 08/04/2023 NCI Prawle Point NCI informed HMCG a yacht passed lookout seemingly not coping well. 2 hours later heard MayDay caught in tide race. AWLB tasked, and towed casualty to safety of harbour. NCI Yes Yes 508851
45189 10/03/2023 NCI Prawle Point HMCG informed NCI they had a report of a vessel drifting off headland. Extensive search revealed nothing. Conclusion was it was a false alarm MCA/HMCG No Yes 505861
44130 03/11/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed large white box adrift. HMCG contacted after speaking to harbour office. Advised to monitor, and eventually lost to sight. NCI No Yes n/a
43535 11/09/2022 NCI Prawle Point RIB observed with divers ready to go into water. Other boats nearby so RIB left at speed. HMCG informed. NCI No Yes n/a
43360 31/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point Boat seen by witness, at anchor, no-one on board. CRT investigated, food, clothes found on board. Local sailing club had no knowledge of vessel. CRT stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 031976
43163 16/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed large wooden pallet adrift. HMCG informed, who put out radio warning. NCI No Yes n/a
43104 12/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point Fishing vessel called NCI on Ch65 with engine failure. HMCG informed and given position. ILB tasked and undertook tow to harbour. NCI Yes Yes 027686
43092 11/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI called on Ch65 by yacht with second yacht which has engine failure, under tow. Visual established, HMCG informed. No progress was being made, Pan Pan issued, RIB took over tow safely to harbour. NCI No Yes 027307
42983 06/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point HMCG contacted NCI and asked to liaise with CRT re. 2 MOP in danger on cliffs. ILB tasked, and after several calls, incident called off and ILB returned to station. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026101
42984 06/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI informed HMCG a lone paddle boarder was undertaking a crossing of bay. CG requested NCI monitor. Monitoring continued until out of sight NCI No Yes n/a

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