Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5327
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.
37474 25/04/2021 NCI Torbay Heard PanPan call re broken down launch. Advised HMCG casualty visual and gave weather conditions. RNLI took casualties aboard and vessel now under tow. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 006586
37578 09/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Co-operated with CG and Calshot lifeboat in safety check on grounded yacht and crew while awaiting rising tide. NCI Yes Yes 8249
37554 06/04/2021 NCI Porthcawl CG requested any visual on long boarder reported by concerned MoP. Established visual and camera contact and monitored situation until he was safely ashore. FAWGI MCA/HMCG No Yes 7980
37577 05/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Reported capsized racing yacht to CG. Monitored casualty until it was righted safely by attendant RIB. NCI No Yes 7941
37576 02/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Reported downed kite surfer to CG. Monitored his safe recovery by Hamble LB and club RIB. LB returned board to owner. NCI No Yes 7533
37575 01/04/2021 NCI Calshot Tower Reported SART signal on AIS to CG. No further details emerged and incident closed as 'false alarm'. NCI No Yes 7334
37477 31/03/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head Reported to CG that disabled speedboat was visual. Monitored casualty until a local FV towed it in. NCI No Yes 7214
37481 31/03/2021 NCI Nells Point Reported to CG a large amount of drifting debris as danger to small craft. Monitored area while Barry Dock ILB investigated. CG issued 'Securitay' advice. NFA NCI Yes Yes 7217
37478 31/03/2021 NCI Prawle Point Very faint Mayday heard, no response from HMCG. Phoned HMCG - they had not heard call. Requested us to call vessel on Ch16. Casualty confirmed they were under tow and no longer in need of assistance. NCI No Yes 007224
37483 30/03/2021 NCI Torbay Observed to paddleboarders climbing rock face. HMCG advised and asked us to monitor. Paddleboarders eventually returned to boards and back to harbour. HMCG advised. NCI No Yes 007086
37470 29/03/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested CCTV visual on 2 MoP cut off by tide. No visual on casualty location but continued to scan. Casualties rescued by RNLI, NCI thanked and stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 006959
37455 27/03/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on injured MoP. Casualty location confirmed, out of sight of station. NCI thanked and stood down. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 006767
37428 24/03/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG requested visual search for downed paraglider. Mist reducing visibility - nothing seen on bearing given. Shoreline Engineer later confirmed all chutes accounted for. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 006497
37496 20/03/2021 NCI Wells-next-the-Sea MoP reported his dog collapsed on beach with suspected broken leg. HMCG advised, CRT tasked to assist. Dog recovered to owner's vehicle by CRT. NCI No Yes 006142
37408 20/03/2021 NCI Prawle Point FV reported breakdown. HMCG not receiving. NCI phone HMCG to give details. FV later confirmed assistance not required. NCI No Yes 006151
37413 20/03/2021 NCI Newhaven 2 PCs asked about 3 youths shouting at people on beach. Visual check carried out but nothing seen. NFA Police No No
37445 19/03/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested observation of yacht aground, waiting for rising tide. Yacht refloated with tide. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 006058
37451 19/03/2021 NCI Penzance HNCG requested NCI to observe yacht with engine failure of St Michael's Mount. No tow available. Yacht later confirmed intending to sail to Plymouth for repairs. No further assistance required. MCA/HMCG No Yes
37405 19/03/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested observation of yacht aground, waiting for rising tide. Yacht refloated with tide. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 006058
37397 16/03/2021 NCI Skegness HMCG requested review of CCTV footage to locate missing person. Police reviewed footage. Nothing seen. Misper later located several miles away. MCA/HMCG No Yes 5815
37414 16/03/2021 NCI Porthcawl HMCG requested visual on windsurfer possibly in trouble. Local dinghy seen - confirmed no windsurfer in area. HMCG advised. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 005782
37450 13/03/2021 NCI Penzance HMCG relayed report of windsurfer in difficulty. Visual and CCTV scan - all windsurfers safe and well. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 005558
37381 12/03/2021 NCI Hornsea HMCG requested CCTV search for missing person to assist pollice. Casualty had already left beach in company of two MoPs. Stood down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 005511
37356 07/03/2021 NCI Fleetwood CG requested visual check on three MoPs possibly at risk from tide. Targets identified and monitored. Incident closed when CRT confirmed all safe ashore. MCA/HMCG No Yes 5113
37338 04/03/2021 NCI Porthcawl Local police requested visual search for missing, possibly suicidal, MoP. Area surveyed visually and by camera. One individual found not to be the target. Monitoring continued until dusk. CG informed. Police No Yes n/n
37359 04/03/2021 NCI Gosport 6 youths on steps below cafe terrace. QHM & HMCG advised. Youths waded back to beach. NCI No Yes 004876
37422 04/03/2021 NCI Torbay HMCG requested visual scan of cliffs for MisPer wearing black. NCI, Police and police helo and CRT find nothing. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 004885
37316 03/03/2021 NCI Mablethorpe Reported collapsed MoP on beach to CG. CRT attended and casualty transferred to ambulance. NCI No Yes 4789
37292 01/03/2021 NCI Cape Cornwall CG requested any sighting of windsurfer reportedly in difficulty. No sighting but CRT established that target had landed ashore MCA/HMCG No Yes 4608
37289 27/02/2021 NCI Nells Point CG requested any sighting of large floating debris reported by MoP. Object not sighted but possible identification of earlier object passed. . MCA/HMCG No Yes 4320
37291 27/02/2021 NCI Torbay In contact with CG and Torquay HM concerning two illegal climbers seen on Thatchers Rock. Two kayaks reported leaving area. MCA/HMCG No Yes 4330
37326 26/02/2021 NCI Nare Point CG requested any sighting of female MoP reported by other walkers as missing. Target sighted and reported safe. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes 4620
37334 26/02/2021 NCI Mundesley CG requested any update on large drums reported on beach. They had been reported previously and local authority would be updated. MCA/HMCG No Yes 4241
37286 26/02/2021 NCI Skegness Assisted police in identification of possible offender. nfa Police No Yes n/n
37307 26/02/2021 NCI Polruan Off-duty watchkeeper reported small craft operating suspiciously to CG. NFA at this stage while investigations continue. NCI No Yes 4292
37252 19/02/2021 NCI Exmouth Reported to CG concern for kite surfer with tangled rig on sands with incoming tide. Monitored and confirmed to CG that he had safely made shore. NCI No Yes n/n
37247 18/02/2021 NCI Lyme Bay CG requested any sighting of a red flare. A number of other units activated and established that a MoB marker had washed ashore and self-ignited. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 3545
37242 16/02/2021 NCI Calshot Tower In contact with CG over drifting RIB. Stood down after recovery tow arranged. NCI No Yes 3405
37325 15/02/2021 NCI Nare Point Falmouth Pilots requested any sighting of drifting marker buoy. CG and pilots advised that buoy had been reported washed ashore. NCI No Yes n/n
37239 15/02/2021 NCI Hornsea Reported to CG a tree trunk on beach as potential hazard to small craft. EYRC will take action to remove. NCI No Yes 33273


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