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 : 7894
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.
49400 15/04/2024 NCI Exmouth NCI Exmouth observed unmanned RIB - contacted Harbourmaster and HMCG -Safety boat diverted to recover NCI No Yes 512384
49409 15/04/2024 NCI Porthcawl MOP reported to NCI Porthcawl bundle of clothing on beach. NCI contacted HMCG gave camera link - NCI tasked to monitor-then said they had no concerns - suggested calling Police in case of missing , person - done NCI No Yes 511310
49383 14/04/2024 NCI Boscastle NCI Boscastle reported sighting of 2 paddles and orange object 1NM North of station to HMCG.CRT tasked and ILB launched and was conned to target by NCI, 2 paddles and traffic cone recovered NCI Yes Yes 511184
49391 14/04/2024 NCI Gosport HMCG asked if NCI Gosport had visual on angling craft with engine failure - NCI confirmed with bearing and distance - Harbour Patrol Craft recovered MCA/HMCG No Yes 511133
49373 13/04/2024 NCI Worms Head MOP observed outward bound on causeway due to close- NCI Worms Head contacted HMCG about possible stranding. RNLI tasked retrieved 2 casualties NCI Yes Yes 511063
49379 13/04/2024 NCI Skegness fisherman reported windsurfer appeared to be in trouble - seen heading back to shore NCI No Yes 511021
49382 13/04/2024 NCI Stone Point Mayday from YBS reporting engine failure- engine re started, then failed. NCI Contacted HMCG- had visual - casualty then reporting engine fire, extinguished and dropped anchor. LB tasked and conned to, casualty. LB towed to safety NCI Yes Yes 511031
49367 12/04/2024 NCI Torbay YBS called NCI Torbay on 65 - stuck on Wave Buoy. NCI contacted HMCG - AWLB deployed NCI Yes Yes 510866
49374 12/04/2024 NCI Exmouth CH 65 call from YBS stuck on Wave Buoy- NCI Exmouth contacted HMCG NCI No Yes 510866
49378 12/04/2024 NCI Cromer YBS advised HMCG that it had engine problems - AWLB tasked to recover - NCI Cromer monitored situation MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 510884
49390 12/04/2024 NCI Whitstable MOP reported capsized dinghy out of visual of NCI Whitstable. HMCG contacted with approx location. CRT and RNLI tasked - casualty recovered NCI Yes Yes 510900
49364 11/04/2024 NCI Newhaven MOP contacted NCI Newhaven re unresponsive man by steps at Newhaven Heights appeared drunk with legs over cliff edge, NCI passed on details to the police. CRT attended NCI Yes Yes 510693
49369 11/04/2024 NCI Skegness MOP rang to say they saw person in the water waving their arms off Chapel Point NCI No Yes 510771
49372 11/04/2024 NCI Porthcawl Police requested NCI Porthcawl to make visual search for despondent male, NCI scanned areas - nothing found. Police contacted to report person found inland Police No No
49356 10/04/2024 NCI Lyme Bay NCI Lyme Bay observed new substantial rock fall. Informed HMCG who tasked CRT. No ingress on coastal path after inspection stood down NCI No Yes 510569
49359 10/04/2024 NCI Fleetwood orange lifeboat observed drifting not under command off Rossall Point. HMCG informed who tasked NCI to monitor. HMCG to arrange recovery NCI No Yes 510584
49362 10/04/2024 NCI Canvey Island Police contacted NCI Canvey Island - tasked to make visual search for male with description. Nothing found continued to monitor until close Police No No N/A
49348 08/04/2024 NCI Shoreham Lifebuoy marker, still flashing, was handed to W/K by MOP. HMCG informed, CRT collected item and ILB conducted search, nothing found, assets stood down. NCI Yes Yes 510274
49346 08/04/2024 NCI Mablethorpe NCI were asked to open station by emergency planning officer and monitor the high tide. CCTV coverage requested due to flood alert by EA. No incidents seen, and images forwarded to officer. NCI No No n/a
43947 08/04/2024 NCI Penzance HMCG were trying to contact a yacht with no response. NCI had good visual, CG informed. Vessel entered harbour, AWLB tasked to check vessel, which tied up safely, NFA. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 510322
49335 07/04/2024 NCI Porthcawl MOP contacted HMCG re. person struggling in water. NCI asked for visual. ILB and CRT tasked. Extensive search revealed only a yellow buoy, HELO also searching. Nothing seen, assets stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 510197
49298 06/04/2024 NCI Newhaven MOP reported to NCI debris washed ashore. Item resembled a deflated dinghy. HMCG informed, CRT tasked to investigate, but unable to trace items as tide was ebbing. NCI No Yes 509997
49305 06/04/2024 NCI Bembridge NCI informed HMCG 2 windsurfers were possibly in trouble, in water and unable to regain boards. 1 casualty reached shore, other heading that way, CG informed. Both casualties reached shore, NFA. NCI No Yes 510030
49307 06/04/2024 NCI Newhaven NCI informed HMCG fireworks were being let off on beach, 3 vehicles involved. Rockets could be mistaken for flares. Police then informed, when a confrontation developed between perpetrators , and walkers with dogs. Details of vehicles involved supplied to Police, but vehicles left the scene. NCI No Yes PO1030
49309 06/04/2024 NCI Gorleston HMCG called NCI requesting search of beach following report of person in difficulty in water. Nothing seen, but ambulance seen on promenade, which departed without any casuaty. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
49326 06/04/2024 NCI Exmouth HMCG were asked for visual on windsurfer in difficulty. ILB tasked, NCI identified casualty by CCTV.Casualty recovered safely to shore, medical assistance not required. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 510087
49332 06/04/2024 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea NCI observed 2 MOP wading/swimming across channel. HMCG notified. LB tasked but stood down as casualties reached dry land. CRT arrived to locate persons involved, but they had left. CG informed. NCI Yes Yes 510051
49295 05/04/2024 NCI Stone Point A yacht reported on VHF a dinghy adrift - NCI established visual. Passing vessel attempted to pick up but failed. HMCG advised. Dinghy drifted ashore and was dragged above high tide line. , Owners, who had been towing dinghy, arrived to pick it up next morning. MCA/HMCG No Yes 509906
49301 05/04/2024 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called NCI re. report by MOP of object in water. Search requested. Only objects seen were marker buoy and a wing surfer. Visual maintained but nothing seen. MCA/HMCG No Yes 509915
49302 05/04/2024 NCI Charmouth CRT arrived at NCI following report of child injured on beach. NCI requested to keep lookout, and HMCG reported that casualty was on way to hospital by ambulance. MCA/HMCG No Yes 509864
49304 05/04/2024 NCI Exmouth HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of kite entangled in overhead shore string lines. Visual requested, CG advised MOP to let go of kite. Local council informed. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
49321 05/04/2024 NCI Lyme Bay MOP informed NCI there was a dead dolphin on beach. HMCG informed. CRT tasked, area cordoned off. Carcass to be collected by council. NCI No Yes 510151
49285 04/04/2024 NCI Calshot Tower NCI observed 2 paddle boarders in difficulty. HMCG informed. Yacht took casualties on board, CG informed. Local LB met yacht and took casualties ashore, one needing ambulance. NCI Yes Yes 509784
49283 03/04/2024 NCI Shoreham HMCG called NCI re. abandoned surf board on beach. MOP had reported surfer in water. CG contacted after scan and windsurfer and kite surfer seen, no sign of distress. No board seen on beach., CRT tasked to investigate, and they saw a kite surfer walking on beach. MCA/HMCG No Yes 509665
49273 03/04/2024 NCI Calshot Tower NCI overheard a call (potential MayDay) requesting assistance, from yacht, 4 POB + 2 dogs. NCI had visual, HMCG informed. ILB tasked to recover vessel, which had run aground by then. ILB towed, casualty to buoy, where it was handed over to Seastart. Casualty towed to safety, crew allegedly ill equipped. Police met vessel once moored. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 509698
49258 02/04/2024 NCI Torbay MOP called NCI re washed up drum, labelled Sulphuric Acid, on beach. HM could not be contacted, HMCG informed, CRT tasked. HM then informed NCI the drum had been recovered, CRT stood down. NCI No Yes 509518
49261 02/04/2024 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent MOP re[ported to HMCG a kite surfer in difficulty. CG asked NCI for visual, and NCI confirmed casualty was returning to shore. casualty was advised by a MOP he had caused an incident. MCA/HMCG No Yes 509517
49262 02/04/2024 NCI Nare Point NCI observed a yacht aground, HMCG informed. ILB tasked, and took vessel under tow to harbour, CG informed. NCI Yes Yes 509270
49269 02/04/2024 NCI Newhaven MOP called NCI re. 2 windsurfers in difficulty. Visual established, HMCG informed, no sign of distress. CRT tasked, both casualties returned to beach unaided, CG informed. NCI No Yes 509538
49282 02/04/2024 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed a yacht aground in channel. HMCG informed, but vessel freed itself while on the phone to CG. 20 minutes later same vessel was aground again, CG informed and they tried to contact vessel., Yacht then refloated again and entered river, and CG contacted to ascertain all was well. NCI No Yes 509562

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