Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5516
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-manned for the rest of the year.

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.
38327 15/06/2021 NCI Boscastle MOP reported to NCI lady collapsed on cliff path. HMCG informed, and ambulance contacted. CRT tasked. Casualty assisted by friends back to campsite. NCI No Yes 017482
38329 15/06/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG requested NCI look for MOP sitting on cliff edge. Police arrived and casualty taken in care by Police MCA/HMCG No Yes 017511
38315 15/06/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head MOP called NCI to advise a man had jumped off pier and was hurt. NCI went off watch, outcome unknown. MCA/HMCG No Yes 17389
38316 15/06/2021 NCI Folkestone NCI observed paddle boarder possibly in trouble. HMCG informed. CRT tasked. Casualty managed to self rescue and reached beach safely. NCI No Yes 015911
38285 14/06/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested NCI for visual search for missing child. CRT involved. Casualty found safe and well MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 017181
38300 14/06/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Inflatable dinghy observed by NCI off beach. Reported to HMCG. Dinghy recovered by barge. NCI No Yes 017350
38300 14/06/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Inflatable dinghy observed by NCI off beach. Reported to HMCG. Dinghy recovered by barge. NCI No Yes 017350
38301 14/06/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG requested NCI assist police in search for reported suicidal male. Casualty escorted by police to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 17308
38308 14/06/2021 NCI Nells Point 2 MOP walking across causeway, due to flood in 10 minutes. HMCG informed. Situation monitored, casualties waded to safety NCI No Yes n/a
38277 13/06/2021 NCI Torbay Kayak found on beach. NCI asked for visual - negative. ILB tasked. Harbour Master RIB recovered kayak. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 016962
38326 13/06/2021 NCI Hornsea NCI observed Jetski rider calling for assistance. HMCG informed. IR tasked and recovered casualty and Jetski to safety NCI Yes Yes 17147
38284 13/06/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI asked for visual on missing child. NCI sighted casualty hiding in grass. ILB recovered casualty safe and well MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 017177
38286 13/06/2021 NCI Hornsea Capsized jetski observed by NCI, 2 casualties in water. Reported to HMCG. Vessel recovered and casualties walked ashore all OK. NCI No Yes 17023
38287 13/06/2021 NCI Porthcawl 8 MOP observed cut off by tide. HMCG informed. Some tried to swim to safety and others climb rocks. ILB tasked and 10 eventually rescued NCI Yes Yes 017217
38305 13/06/2021 NCI Exmouth NCI relayed call to HMCG from MOP abandoning kayak to be retrieved at low tide NCI No Yes n/a
38325 13/06/2021 NCI Hornsea NCI observed inflatable adrift, having been seen used by adult and child earlier. HMCG informed. IR tasked. Jetski gave inflatable to swimmers who returned safely. CRT on scene. NCI Yes Yes 17117
38278 12/06/2021 NCI Torbay Casualty jumped into sea and hit submerged rock. Rescue HELO recovered casualty and transferred to land ambulance - to hospital. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 016778
38272 12/06/2021 NCI Torbay NCI requested visual by HMCG on PWC with engine failure. Then reported to not be in area first reported and stood down. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 016769
38273 12/06/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI observed broken down jetski. Reported to HMCG Owner managed to restart engine and underway NFA NCI No Yes 016830
38275 12/06/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent MOP phoned NCI re. kite surfer capsized and struggling to re-board. HMCG informed, asked vessels in vicinity for help and casualty picked up safely. NCI No Yes 016798
38276 12/06/2021 NCI Torbay NCI overheard HMCG requesting assistance for PWC with engine failure. NCI had visual, advised 3 other PWC in attendance. Casualty towed to safety MCA/HMCG No Yes 016881
37281 11/06/2021 NCI Teignmouth MOP telephoned NCI threatening to commit suicide. Police informed, and attempts made to trace caller NCI No No Pol656
38274 11/06/2021 NCI Calshot Tower MOP reported to NCI fishing boat missing 6 hours. Boat observed matching description, HMCG informed. Observation continued. Boat then raised anchor and proceeded out of sight. NFA NCI No Yes 016578
38244 09/06/2021 NCI Great Orme HMCG requested report on Kite Surfer unable to remount board in ebbing tide. ILB & CRT tasked to monitor/assist. Casualty self-rescued without assistance, refused advice and help from CRT. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 016324
38251 09/06/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG called NCI concerning inflatable possibly in trouble. 2POB. Observed fishing and not in apparent distress. NCI asked to monitor. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 16377
38261 09/06/2021 NCI Chapel Point Rider less horse seen on beach, risk to beach users. HMCG informed. Horse returned and was reunited with owner. No casualties NCI No Yes 016330
38241 08/06/2021 NCI Torbay Saw smoke from nearby heathland, advised Fire & Rescue Service and HMCG. As FRS were attending, CRT not tasked. Fires brought under control within 1 hour by FRS. NFA NCI No Yes
38242 08/06/2021 NCI Hornsea MoP reported that metal safety rail had given way and in a dangerous state (MoP appeared uninjured.) Advised local county council and Highways Dept (call ref 1875265).. NCI No No
38243 08/06/2021 NCI Portscatho HMCG requested visual on kayaker reported missing. Confirmed sighting in correct location. Liaised with CRT, suggested sea rescue easier. HMCG tasked ILB who recovered casualty from rocks. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 16212
38227 07/06/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested visual on small craft possibly in difficulty. Nothing seen visually or on CCTV. HMCG advised. Stood down after 40 minnutes. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes
38233 07/06/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG requested visual on windsurfer possibly in difficulty. Lone windsurfer observed but not in difficulty and appeared competent. Continued observation for 20 miniutes till stood down by HMXCG. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 016090
38312 07/06/2021 NCI Folkestone MOP reported possible pollution off beach. HMCG informed, and ascertained it was a natural phenomenon NCI No Yes n/n
38209 07/06/2021 NCI Exmouth Observed swimmers in difficulty fighting current. Brought to shore by RNLI Lifeguards. NCI No No
38211 07/06/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual following MoP report of FV dropping polystyrene overboard. Advised HMCG no vessels in reported area and no sign of debris/pollution. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 016052
38234 06/06/2021 NCI Porthcawl Advised HMCG of kayakers observed clinging to overturned canoe. RNLI lifeguards attempting to rescue. ILB tasked to assist. Lifeguards brought casualties to shore, CRT assisted. ILB recovered kayak. NCI Yes Yes 015951
38235 06/06/2021 NCI Porthdinllaen Notified HMCG of loose tender adrift. Nearby vessels asked to assist. Local yacht towed tender into harbour and made fast to mooring. HMCG stood down and thanked all invoved. NCI No Yes 015871
38269 06/06/2021 NCI Shoreham Yellow object sighted range 1Nm. Possible capsized kayak. HMCG informed. CRT investigated, found to be a drifting race marker - recovered by RIB. NFA NCI No Yes 015918
38194 05/06/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual on broken down speedboat. Casualty spotted but appeared not in trouble. NCI continued monitoring but lost sight. HMCG reported that casualty now under tow and entering harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 015757
38196 05/06/2021 NCI Torbay Intercepted radio call from cruiser out of fuel. Advised HMCG of several boats in vicinity who may be able to help. Casualty towed into harbour by another vessel. MCA/HMCG No Yes 015792
38197 05/06/2021 NCI Great Orme Off duty W/keeper saw paddleboarde and kayak far out to sea, possibly in danger. Alerted HMCG..CRT & ILB tasked. ILB made contact with casualty who were not in difficulty and declined help. NCI Yes Yes 015699


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