Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 5794
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.
39479 16/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl FV requested assistance. NCI have visual contact, passed bearing/distance to HMCG. Second FV offered assistance and escorted casuatly in to beach. NCI No Yes 033628
39480 16/09/2021 NCI Penzance Reported to HMCG concerns about small open boat, apparently sinking. Third party vessel took one crew on board and secured casualty vessel. ALB attended and assisted with safe recovery. NCI Yes Yes 033611
39460 15/09/2021 NCI Boscastle Relayed Mayday call to HMCG from stranded kayaker. CRT and ALB tasked to assist. NCI Boscastle extended the watch until casualty recovered to Boscastle harbour and were then stood down. NCI Yes Yes 033507
39469 15/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl MoP report of boady boarder in difficulty, no visual sighting. some confusion in initial report from MoP but HMCG tasked ILB and requested ambulance to attend. CRT assisted with casualty care. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 033463
39453 12/09/2021 NCI Wooltack Point May Day from yacht - Man overboard. Casualty assessed by paramedics and transferred to hospital by ambulance. NCI Yes Yes n/a
39453 12/09/2021 NCI Wooltack Point Relayed Mayday to HMCG from yacht with MOB and located visually. MOB picked up by another boat. RNLI crew on board yacht. Casualty transferred to ALB then to ambulance and on to hospital. NCI Yes Yes 032839
39424 11/09/2021 NCI Nells Point Dinghy capsized off harbour entrance. Gig attended, tried to help, unable to right vessel, so took casualty to safety. HMCG informed, AWLB recovered vessel NCI Yes Yes 032822
39434 11/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn Runner had serious fall during charity run. ILB tasked. Comms difficult, NCI offered to link. HELO tasked. Casualty carried to cliff top, and HELO to hospital NCI Yes Yes 032829
39435 11/09/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head NCI observed kite surfer in difficulty. HMCG informed. Yacht picked up casualty, but not kite. ILB tasked to recover kite, but board not found. NCI Yes Yes 032918
39412 10/09/2021 NCI Stepper Point HMCG phoned NCI re. 3 MOP on Doom Bar. Visual on 3 anglers, joined by 2 more, knee deep in water, but absolutely fine MCA/HMCG No Yes 032728
39423 09/09/2021 NCI Teignmouth MOP reported to NCI re. beached boat, unattended. HMCG informed, CRT tasked. Boat broken free from mooring. Harbour Master had vessel towed to harbour NCI No Yes 032565
39448 08/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn HMCG requested visual from NCI re. object in water. CRT tasked, visual confirmed, possibly dead sheep. Object drifting out, so NFA. MCA/HMCG No Yes 032369
39361 07/09/2021 NCI Charmouth Beach attendant reported to NCI cliff fall on beach. HMCG informed. CRT attended lookout, and location indicated. NCI No Yes 032079
39366 07/09/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head HMCG called NCI requesting visual on motor boat - anchor not holding. Vessel then had engine failure, Pan Pan issued. ILB tasked and towed casualty to harbour MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 032149
39393 07/09/2021 NCI Caister MOP reported to NCI her mother had fallen with head and face injuries. 999, advised 60 min wait for ambulance. First aid provided, HMCG informed. After 90 mins, casualty driven to A&E NCI No Yes 032159
39396 07/09/2021 NCI Caister MOP reported to NCI kayaker in trouble. HMCG advised, local LB tasked, position supplied. Kayak watched by crew until reached safety NCI Yes Yes 032182
39413 07/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI phoned HMCG re. 3 paddle boaders struggling against tide. NCI monitored, and due to failing light, ILB tasked. Casualties recovered by ILB, all well. NCI Yes Yes 032252
39419/39420 07/09/2021 NCI Exmouth 1 person separated from SUP and drifting. NCI advised HMCG. Casualty picked up by RIB and landed safely ashore. CG informed. Board recovered later. HMCG informed. NCI No Yes 032086
39420 07/09/2021 NCI Exmouth unmanned paddle board recovered by MOP. NCI informed HMCG, and board claimed NCI No Yes 032154
39349 06/09/2021 NCI Nells Point HMCG phoned NCI re. MOP reporting calls for help and whistle. No visual due to fog. CRT and AWLB tasked. casualty recovered safe and well by ILB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031828
39360 06/09/2021 NCI Hengistbury Head May Day from motor cruiser taking on water. NCI informed HMCG they had visual, asked to observe. LB tasked, and escorted vessel to safety. Vessel then able to continue. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031905
39363 06/09/2021 NCI Nells Point NCI advised HMCG of motor cruiser with engine failure and drifting. Asked to monitor. ILB tasked, but vessel regained power and made its way to safety with escort. NCI Yes Yes 031962
39335 05/09/2021 NCI Nells Point NCI advised HMCG 8 MOP on island, cut off by tide. Casualties contacted CG by phone, and ILB tasked and recovered all casualties to mainland NCI No Yes 031652
39362 05/09/2021 NCI Felixstowe MOP called 999 re. swimmer in difficulty. HMCG called NCI, who had casualty in sight. . ILB tasked, and crew member assisted casualty to safety, and in care of ambulance. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031593
39324 04/09/2021 NCI Nells Point NCI observed walker struggling to cross flooded causeway. HMCG informed, requested NCI monitor. Casualty fell, but recovered, and reached mainland. NFA. 1 other plus dog seem camping on island NCI No Yes 031492
39329 04/09/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent NCI requested HMCG respond to Pan Pan relay from yacht dismasted and fouled propellor. Other yacht assisting. LB attended, restored power and escorted casualty to harbour. All safe. NCI Yes Yes 031521
39332 04/09/2021 NCI Charmouth Call from Lyme Bay NCI re. lone paddle boader travelling east, long way off shore. W/K told HMCG no visual but several boats in area, with no sign of problem. NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes 031516
39328 03/09/2021 NCI Penzance CRT tasked re. clothes found on beach. HMCG requested NCI do visual search, ILB also involved. Nothing found, search discontinued MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031332
39330 03/09/2021 NCI Newhaven MOP reported to NCI small dinghy drifting out to sea. HMCG advised, and NCI requested to continue observation. Dinghy then moved, engine working. NFA NCI No Yes 031365
39451 02/09/2021 NCI Rhoscolyn HMCG requested visual on unattended rucksack and boots. CRT guided to items. climbers appeared and assumed items were theirs . NFA MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39372 02/09/2021 NCI Hornsea NCI observed upturned kayak with 2 people in water. 999 to advise HMCG. While providing information, 1 casualty managed to stand, and pulled kayak to shore, with second casualty. NFA NCI No Yes 031219
39334 02/09/2021 NCI Nells Point NCI observed dinghy capsize, occupant in difficulty. HMCG informed, but while on phone, vessel righted and continued to sail around bay. NCI No Yes 031229
39280 01/09/2021 NCI Porthcawl NCI observed MOP fall on rocks. 999 for ambulance, W/K gave first aid equipment to relative. CRT tasked, assisted casualty to promenade, and transported to hospital by relative. NCI No Yes 031127
39262 31/08/2021 NCI Fleetwood RNLI requested NCI look out for RIB with 3 POB in channel. HMCG advised and requested NCI monitor. CG advised vessels when approaching. RIB returned to shore safely RNLI No Yes 030987
39279 31/08/2021 NCI Newhaven HMCG phoned NCI re. swimmer not returned. Visual requested, nothing seen. HELO and LB tasked, extensive search, nothing seen. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031024
39304 31/08/2021 NCI Portland Bill Yacht reported loose keel and water ingress. Position relayed to HMCG. AWLB tasked and towed casualty plus 8 POB to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 0031
39316 30/08/2021 NCI Needles Pan Pan from vessel with engine failure. NCI told HMCG they had visual. Seastart contacted, NCI gave position, and Seastart towed casualty to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 030841
39241 30/08/2021 NCI Fleetwood NCI reported to HMCG 4 MOP in danger playing on sandbank. NCI used megaphone to warn of danger and they moved to beach. NCI No Yes 030890
39247 30/08/2021 NCI Lee-on-the-Solent Dinghy observed to capsize by NCI. Unable to right itself. HMCG informed. Second dinghy assisted and both made way to shore. NCI No Yes 030901
39260 30/08/2021 NCI Exmouth HMCG requested assistance from NCI to search for 3 POB reported drifting offshore in inflatable. CG confirmed all safe MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a


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