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 : 8031
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.
49778 19/05/2024 NCI Newhaven MOP called NCI re. people climbing cliff below fort. Possible criminal intent. Police informed, NCI continued to monitor. Anti social behaviour observed. Police attended, gate insecure, but , trespassers had left scene. NFA. HMCG informed incident closed. NCI No Yes POL807
49783 19/05/2024 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea 7 MOP and dogs were observed by NCI to be cut off by tide. HMCG had been notified, 4 waded back safely, and ILB recovered others including dogs, back to beach. NCI Yes Yes 516068
49811 19/05/2024 NCI Exmouth NCI advised HMCG a yacht was aground on sandbank. Crew advised they were abandoning vessel and returning to refloat later. LGs informed. Vessel later refloated as planned on tide. NCI No Yes 516022
49765 18/05/2024 NCI Nells Point NCI observed MOP walking to island, one changed mind and returned. HMCG informed, and eventually all returned with difficulty. NCI No Yes n/a
49766 18/05/2024 NCI Nells Point NCI observed MOP attempting to cross flooding causeway, but returned to island. HMCG advised, ILB tasked and recovered casualty to mainland. NCI Yes Yes 515906
49738 18/05/2024 NCI Brancaster NCI observed a container labelled Sulphuric Acid washed up near lookout. W/K checked item secure, and only small amount of contents present. HMCG informed and photo sent. Local Authority, contacted by CG to arrange removal. NCI No Yes 515879
49759 18/05/2024 NCI Calshot Tower NCI received a MOB alarm from an AIS transponder in yacht haven. HMCH informed. ILB tasked to investigate. Marina staff reported a man had inflated a lifejacket at the time., Extensive search revealed nothing, and vessel involved was found and reported no issue. NCI Yes Yes 515942
49762 18/05/2024 NCI Needles Pan Pan from a powerboat taking part in a race - taking on water. Assistance required. yacht pulled alongside to help, comms poor. HMCG asked NCI for visual, which was established, monitoring , continued. ILB was tasked, and escorted casualty to marina despite water ingress worse. All safe. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 515897
49855 18/05/2024 NCI Southend NCI called HMCG re. 3 MOP on mud flats, concern for safety. Monitoring requested, and casualties returned to shore, CG informed. All safe. NCI No Yes 515911
49871 17/05/2024 NCI Nells Point HMCG asked NCI to monitor kayak and paddle board off point. 1 person in water. CG advised at risk. ILB and CRT tasked, conned to casualties by NCI. Casualties safely escorted to shore. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 515784
49737 17/05/2024 NCI Needles Fishing vessel advised HMCG they had broken down, 2 POB. NCI had visual, and advised CG they were monitoring. ILB tasked, and undertook tow, NCI observed. , Casualty towed to safety of harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 515786
49724 16/05/2024 NCI Hornsea NCI observed 1 MOP on cliffs, in danger of being cut off by tide. HMCG informed, and local LB tasked, then casualty was seen to walk to safety. LB checked no others involved. NCI Yes Yes 515621
49732 16/05/2024 NCI Shoreham MOP called re. flashing light at sea. NCI advised them to call HMCG. NCI had limited visibility, and searched with no result. Agreed with CG to keep a lookout, but nothing seen. MCA/HMCG No Yes 515615
49718 15/05/2024 NCI Portland Bill Yacht issued MayDay re. MOB. NCI had visual, HMCG tasked AWLB. Vessel carried out MOB drill, recovered casualty safely. Casualty transferred to hospital for observation. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 515495
49720 15/05/2024 NCI Fleetwood HMCG received report of 2 MOP up to their neck in water. NCI asked to search, ILB and CRT tasked. Nothing found, assets stood down. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 515536
49723 15/05/2024 NCI Hornsea NCI observed an unidentified object in water. Either unmanned craft or buoy. HMCG informed, incident declared but no further action. NCI No Yes 515544
49715 14/05/2024 NCI Boscastle NCI heard report of yacht overdue on passage to Padstow. Visual scan carried out, no vessel matching description was seen or had been logged. AWLB tasked to last known position and located, vessel, and solo crew member was found to have been injured. Vessel towed to port. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 515462
49694 12/05/2024 NCI Southend MOP informed NCI a person was in difficulty in water. Refused to give any more detail and did not want to call 999. HMCG informed, CRT tasked, and found nothing. Assets stood down. NCI No Yes 515139
49699 12/05/2024 NCI Porthcawl NCI received call from HMCG re. police search for vulnerable adult. Nothing seen but search continued, CRT also searching. Police then confirmed casualty had been found, camera linked to scene. , Casualty taken away by ambulance. MCA/HMCG No Yes 515155
49703 12/05/2024 NCI Stone Point MOP called NCI re. 2 paddle boarders in difficulty. HMCG had been called, NCI had visual. The casualties eventually made their way back to shore, CRT had been tasked, but stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 515132
49704 12/05/2024 NCI Nare Point NCI observed a kayak drifting, HMCG informed. Passing yacht asked to undertake tow to river. ILB tasked, and conned to yacht by NCI, and kayak returned to beach by ILB. Owner later recovered kayak. NCI Yes Yes 515163
49686 12/05/2024 NCI Canvey Island HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of 4-5 people in danger of being cut off by tide. NCI carried out a search, nothing seen, and it was 3 hrs. before high tide. Visibility poor. CRT investigated, nothing seen, assets stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 515056
49688 12/05/2024 NCI Torbay HMCG asked NCI to look for possible casualties on rocks. Nothing seen, ILB and CRT tasked, and ILB saw 4 casualties, who were recovered by ILB. Apparently 3 others had self rescued. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 515181
49695 11/05/2024 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called ILB re. report of child in difficulty in water. NCI searched area and saw nothing. ILB and CRT also saw nothing, LB crew went ashore, but no sign of anyone in trouble. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 514932
49836 11/05/2024 NCI St Ives NCI informed HMCG there was a drifting inflatable, and 2 beach chairs with no-one around. Monitoring requested. 2 People then returned to occupy chairs and gear. CG informed. NCI No Yes 514738
49677 11/05/2024 NCI Torbay HMCG called NCI re. RIB broken down. NCI confirmed visual. ILB tasked, and ILB took casualty under tow to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 514935
49680 11/05/2024 NCI Llandudno NCI observed 2 MOP and dog on sandbank, surrounded by water. HMCG informed, ILB tasked. Casualties made own way to safety, Assets stood down NCI Yes Yes 514753
49684 11/05/2024 NCI Felixstowe NCI observed a yacht aground at river entrance. HMCG informed, monitoring requested. ILB tasked, confirmed no damage or casualties and stood down. Vessel refloated later and carried on. NCI Yes Yes 514740
49692 11/05/2024 NCI Fleetwood NCI observed 2 MOP in danger of being cut off by tide. HMCG informed, monitoring requested, CRT tasked. casualties then waded back to shore, all safe, CG informed. NCI No Yes 514774
49662 10/05/2024 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG asked NCI to look for paddle boarder reported in difficulty by MOP. NCI already watching, not in difficulty. CG informed, NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 514620
49672 10/05/2024 NCI Gosport Yacht issued MayDay at harbour entrance - engine failure. NCI identified vessel and confirmed visual with HMCG. Monitoring requested. Casualty then reported it had resolved problem, and was , escorted to harbour by second yacht. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 514643
49656 09/05/2024 NCI Cape Cornwall NCI were observing a kayaker fishing when he capsized, and was separated from kayak. HMCG informed. Casualty struggled to get on board, but eventually succeeded and reached safety. NFA NCI No Yes n/a
49673 09/05/2024 NCI Porthcawl HMCG issued alert re. person fallen down cliff. NCI asked for visual, but visibility poor. ILB (x2), clothes found at top of cliff, HELO tasked. Casualty located at bottom of cliff, and taken to LB , slip to meet air ambulance. NCI asked for visual link to HELO landing site. Casualty transferred to air ambulance, and hospital. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 514388
49639 08/05/2024 NCI Worms Head MOP informed NCI a foal was stuck on cliff ledge. HMCG informed, with location. Animals owner contacted, and FB arrived. Owner climbed down and rescued foal, all safe. Assets stood down. NCI No Yes 514273
49645 08/05/2024 NCI Exmouth NCI received MayDay relay re. ketch taking on water. Vessels, including range safety boat, attended. MayDay concluded. 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
49664 07/05/2024 NCI Penzance HMCG rang NCI re. Jetski dead in water after passenger had called off (kill cord attached). NCI had visual, ILB tasked, assisted by RN HELO. ILB recovered all casualties to safety of harbour. All well MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 514159
49665 07/05/2024 NCI Whitstable NCI observed Cabin Cruiser with smoke emerging. HMCG contacted NCI, who told CG vessel was being monitored, and proceeding at speed. CG asked for update - vessel continuing and smoke reduced. , RNLI had investigated and found no cause for concern. MCA/HMCG No Yes 514114
49624 07/05/2024 NCI Canvey Island MOP informed HMCG there was a sunken vessel off beach. NCI asked for visual, but difficult if only mast visible. ILB tasked, identifies vessel, no hazard to environment so NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 514108
49625 07/05/2024 NCI Newhaven HMCG called NCI re. RIB broken down. Visual requested. Pan Pan issued, vessel responded and was conned to casualty by NCI, CG informed. casualty towed to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 514122

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