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.
48118 11/11/2023 NCI Bembridge MayDay from motor cruiser, fire onboard. NCI informed HMCG they had visual, with smoke visible. ILB tasked, casualties in tender. AWLB and HELO tasked. 2 casualties taken aboard AWLB, , tender towed back to harbour by ILB. HMCG advised all vessels to avoid burning vessel, which later sank. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 541444
48124 11/11/2023 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea MOP informed NCI that someone with a dog was cut off by tide. HMCG informed, NCI reassured casualty help was on the way. ILB tasked, and recovered casualty and dog to shore, all safe. NCI Yes Yes 541608
48129 11/11/2023 NCI Southend NCI observed 2 kite surfers in difficulty. HMCG informed. Casualties drifting towards shipping channel. CRT tasked, and position confirmed by NCI. ILB tasked, HELO also in attendance. ILB recovered, casualties to shore, having been conned onto casualties by NCI. NCI Yes Yes 541548
48134 11/11/2023 NCI Exmouth NCI observed a fishing vessel adrift, no-one aboard. HMCG informed. CRT tasked, and harbour master arranged to recover vessel. Vessel recovered, with 1 on board. MMO No Yes 541437
48135 11/11/2023 NCI Exmouth MOP/Motor vessel reported a ship alarm on Ch14. NCI informed HMCG, who had no knowledge. MOP further advised NCI of ship alarm number, CG informed. CG advised number shore based. NFA NCI No Yes n/a
48141 11/11/2023 NCI Folkestone MOP reported to NCI an empty dinghy just off shore. HMCG informed, NCI had visual.. UKBF tasked to recover craft, and took it under tow to port. NCI No Yes 541723
48116 10/11/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG contacted NCI re. report from MOP of abandoned mobility scooter on beach. Scan search carried out - negative. CRT tasked but no sighting. Owner and scooter found safe inland. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 541363
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
48106 09/11/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed a squall approaching, and 6 windsurfers heading for shore. One W/S off board and swimming, separated from board. HMCG informed. Casualty was helped ashore by colleagues but kit missing. , CRT tasked and helped recover kit safely. All well. NCI No Yes 541300
48074 08/11/2023 NCI Canvey Island HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of a possible swimmer in difficulty. Search requested, but nothing seen, ILB and CRT tasked. No casualty found, probably mistaken for a buoy. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 541186
48089 08/11/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed MOP in dangerous position on pier. Casualty warned by loudhailer, came back to lookout, and given tour of station. One hour later same person seen on pier, and W/K escorted him off pier. , Casualty left area, HMCG informed, and advised inform Police with details. Casualty then seen again on marina, CRT and Police attended and escorted casualty away. Casualty had expressed wish to , end his life, and refused help. NCI No Yes POL581
48062 07/11/2023 NCI Mablethorpe MOP asked NCI for AED after a 999 call at chalet park. Device was handed over but returned unused as ambulance had just arrived. NCI No No n/a
48033 05/11/2023 NCI Exmouth HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of kite surfer in difficulty. NCI observed and reported to CG when casualty was safely ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 540895
48034 05/11/2023 NCI Worms Head MOP informed NCI a man had been pulled from sea with suspected dislocated hip. HMCG informed. CRT tasked, and requested HELO. Casualty airlifted to hospital. NCI No Yes 540901
48047 05/11/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head Vessel advised NCI on Ch65 there were 2 navigation buoys adrift. HMCG informed, position unknown. ILB transited harbour with no mention of buoys. Situation remained ongoing as NCI closed. NCI Yes Yes 540903
48064 05/11/2023 NCI Shoreham Pan Pan from yacht, 2 POB, with engine failure. HMCG asked NCI for visual, but a search revealed no sighting. AWLB tasked, and towed casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 540883
48091 05/11/2023 NCI Teignmouth MOP reported person sitting by railway track close to lookout. Police informed. Police arrived, and advised casualty was safe and being assessed for mental health support. NCI No Yes POL528
48024 04/11/2023 NCI Charmouth NCI observed MOP cut off by tide. HMCG informed, monitoring requested. CRT and ILB tasked, and contact made with casualty, who turned out to be a fossil hunter who was safe and well. NFA. NCI Yes Yes 540768
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
48020 03/11/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP handed in to NCI live bullets (apparently live). Items put in water, and informed HMCG. 2 more bullets found and Police arranged collection. NCI No Yes 540703
47963 30/10/2023 NCI Brancaster NCI observed 2 MOP + dog walking out with incoming tide. HMCG I informed. Casualties tried wading, dog swimming. CRT tasked, and casualties reached beach through waist deep water. All well. NCI No Yes 540259
47964 30/10/2023 NCI St Agnes Head MOP informed NCI an elderly gent had fallen on coast path. Ambulance en route but no ETA. W/K opened barrier, and other W/K used their vehicle to bring casualty to the lookout. Ambulance asked family , to transport casualty to hospital, so W/K took a family member to their car. CRT tasked, and advised it was safe to drive casualty to hospital. NFA. Ambulance No Yes 540240
47974 30/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of swimmer in difficulty. Search commenced, ILB tasked. Nothing seen, apart from boat club buoy. All assets stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 540261
47937 29/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG tasked ILB to person cut off by tide. NCI informed CG they had visual, and asked to monitor. ILB unable to access due to sea conditions, so CRT tasked. Casualty was fossil hunter and was not , in difficulty. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 540096
47928 28/10/2023 NCI Point Lynas HMCG contacted NCI re. kayakers in trouble. Visual requested, but no kayaks seen. After continued observation, kayakers seen, and not in difficulty. MCA/HMCG No Yes 539936
47920 27/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed a MOP stuck in mud trying to cross slipway. HMCG informed, ILB and CRT tasked, and casualty extracted from mud by LB crew. NCI Yes Yes 539834
47922 27/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head Local ferry reported to HMCg a capsized unmanned dinghy. NCI had visual, asked to look for possible casualty. ILB tasked, and towed dinghy to sailing club. Vessel had blown away while rigged. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539835
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
47912 26/10/2023 NCI Lyme Bay MOP reported a decomposing porpoise to NCI. HMCG informed, with details of location. NFA NCI No Yes 539729
47917 26/10/2023 NCI Porthcawl HMCG tasked ILB and CRT re. report of person in water. NCI offered to search. Object suspected to be a log, confirmed by NCI. Assets stood down MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539751
47933 26/10/2023 NCI Stepper Point NCI heard radio comms between HMCG and LGs re. report of surfer in trouble. NCI established visual of casualty with LGs in their ILB. Surfer was fine, and advice was given. Surfer returned to beach. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539725
47893 25/10/2023 NCI Gosport HMCG called NCI re. motor boat with engine failure and was taking on water. It was anchored and NCI established visual. ILB tasked, and towed casualty to harbour and the safety of a marina. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539536
47889 24/10/2023 NCI Worms Head NCI observed MOP cut off by causeway flooding. HMCG informed. W/K deployed horn and megaphone. CRT, ILB and AWLB tasked, casualty recovered by LB. NCI Yes Yes 539454
47879 23/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG asked NCI for visual on vessel possibly in distress in harbour entrance. Vessel identified, and CG informed it had made it to quay safely MCA/HMCG No Yes 539354
47887 23/10/2023 NCI Newhaven HMCG called NCI re. report of people in water. Nothing visible, CG informed, and told of 2 vessels in area. AWLB tasked, searched area and talked to vessels - nothing seen, NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539385
47874 22/10/2023 NCI Swanage MOP brought a lifebuoy with a broken EPIRB attached to NCI. HMCG informed, who contacted Royal Navy, from whose ship it had come from. NCI No Yes 539187
47921 22/10/2023 NCI Fleetwood HMCG asked NCI for visual on MOP reported to be agitated and walking into difficulty. CG asked local FB to look, and casualty was reported to be walking back to shore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 539193
47885 21/10/2023 NCI Felixstowe HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of a windsurfer in difficulty. CRT tasked, and saw nothing, neither did NCI. Widsurfer then spotted by NCI, CRT informed and ILB tasked. casualty came ashore, safe and well, and was met by CRT. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 539087
47856 21/10/2023 NCI Torbay NCI heard message to ILB re. swimmer missing. Search of area by NCI spotted swimmer, CG informed, and tasked ILB, which recovered casualty to beach MCA/HMCG No Yes 439089
47859 21/10/2023 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI re. report from MOP of paraglider falling into sea. Visual check requested. Nothing seen. CG called back to say it was a model aircraft, not a paraglider. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 539070

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