Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 231
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.
41639 21/04/2022 NCI Prawle Point MOP reported to NCI possible explosive object on beach. Details reported to HMCG. NCI No Yes 009650
41421 01/04/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI overheard radio traffic re. walker with suspected fracture. HMCG asked NCI for weather conditions. CRT and AWLB tasked and casualty takes to safety by LB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 007455
41396 31/03/2022 NCI Prawle Point May Day from dismasted yacht, NCI informed HMCG they had visual on casualty. Other vessel and AWLB headed to casualty. LB crew cut away mast, and vessel motored into harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 007362
40773 15/01/2022 NCI Prawle Point Day angler contacted HMCG with engine failure, requested assistance. NCI had visual. HMCG requested any vessel nearby, and motor cruiser went to casualty. Tow arranged by friend, and cruiser continued, Casualty towed to safety by friend. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39989 27/10/2021 NCI Prawle Point Police contacted NCI re. missing person. Not seen for 10 days. CRT and LB searching also. Nothing found Police No Yes POL546
39683 03/10/2021 NCI Prawle Point HMCG requested NCI monitor yacht reported by MOP as in difficulty. No problem seen with yacht MCA/HMCG No Yes 035682
39675 01/10/2021 NCI Prawle Point AWLB contacted NCI re. MOP on inflatable. Visual confirmed, no lifejacket. LB attended, and vessel returned to Harbour RNLI Yes Yes 035475
39602 28/09/2021 NCI Prawle Point HMCG requested us to look for missing person. Nothing seen. MCA/HMCG No Yes None
39551 24/09/2021 NCI Prawle Point MoP reported grey tender/dinghy awash on rocks below station. Not accessible by boat. Advised HMCG who will check. NCI No Yes 034672
39526 22/09/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht aground, possibly taking on water. HMCG advised NCI have eyes on. Yacht managed to refloat. NCI monitored its progress until safely into Salcombe Harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 034403
39527 12/09/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht contacted Prawle Point with engine failure. Advised to contact HMCG, but unable to do so. Casualty contacted harbour master on Ch14. Harbour staff vessel towed vessel into harbour. NCI No Yes 033069
39202 27/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point NCI heard report of unmanned dinghy. Out of visual range but NCI informed CG they would look out for it. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
39207 27/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point MOP called HMCG re. possible disappearance of paddleboaders and sighting of deflated boards. NCI had visual on boards. ILB tasked. Casualties found safe - had deflated own boards MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 030323
39191 26/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed rib with 4 POB paddles out and waving. HMCG informed. HMCG advised to observe to see if other rib would help. managed to start engine, and made its way back to safety. NCI No Yes 030171
39051 16/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht called HMCG with engine failure. NCI had visual, and gave CG position. AWLB tasked, and towed casualty into harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/a
38945 07/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point May Day from yacht, later downgraded to Pan Pan. Engine failure and rope around prop. No response from HMCG, so NCI relayed. ILB tasked and towed casualty to harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026566
38916 04/08/2021 NCI Prawle Point Pan Pan from rib with engine failure. Nothing heard so HMCG contacted. NCI had visual. Second rib took casualty under tow to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 026091
38491 03/07/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht with fuel problems requests tow on Ch67. One boat telephoned NCI, who are aware, and reported to HMCG. Both observed until enter harbour safely NCI No Yes 019985
38068 27/05/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht informs HMCG they are low on fuel. Told they will be monitored. NCI monitor their safe arrival into Salcombe MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
37936 11/05/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht fouled pot lines and immobile. NCI inform HMCG that they have visual. AWLB tasked and towed yacht to Salcombe MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 012018
37852 05/05/2021 NCI Prawle Point Fishing vessel hit rocks off Start Point. Pan Pan initiated. HMCG requested NCI monitor. AWLB and ILB tasked and vessel towed to safety MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 011364
37805 02/05/2021 NCI Prawle Point Yacht reported unmanned tender off Prawle Point. NCI had visual contact. NCI inform HMCG of catamaran in vicinity, who tow it to Salcombe at request of CG MCA/HMCG No Yes 011039
37745 27/04/2021 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed dory with 4 POB unable to start engine. Reported to HMCG, and yacht within 0.3 miles. HMCG radioed yacht, which took dory in tow to Salcombe NCI No Yes 010311
37734 26/04/2021 NCI Prawle Point Sailing vessel reported broken fan belt. NCI asked by HMCG to monitor. Vessel observed and hoisted sail and sailed away. MCA/HMCG No Yes 010130
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
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
36181 10/10/2020 NCI Prawle Point Monitored and updated CG on recovery of disabled PWC by another. NCI No Yes n/n
36088 01/10/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that yacht with engine problem was visual. Monitored and updated when LB towed her in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 033167
36057 28/09/2020 NCI Prawle Point Intercepted Pan Pan call from FV with engine problem. Monitored and updated when AWLB towed her in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 032904
36020 23/09/2020 NCI Prawle Point CG requested any sighting of 5 kayakers. Sighting and monitoring confirmed until they had entered harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 32369
35973 20/09/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG as visual with disabled vessel. Monitored and updated safe recovery by AWLB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 031820
35835 07/09/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that yacht which had hit rocks was visual. Monitored and updated when with ILB it managed to get clear and proceed. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 29655
35796 04/09/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that yacht with fouled rudder and propeller was visual. Monitored casualty and updated when she was towed in by Salcombe LB. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 029195
35714 26/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point CG requested visual check on yacht with engine failure. Sighting confirmed. Updated when she managed to make harbour with HM assistance. MCA/HMCG No Yes 27704
35643 23/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG as visual on yacht with engine fire. Monitored and updated when LB and local FV attended prior to being towed in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/k
35594 18/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that yacht with rope entanglement was visual. Monitored and updated when lifeboatmen cleared her rudder. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026038
35588 17/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Provided accurate position to CG of yacht with rudder/sail problem plus other craft in area. AWLB assisted in freeing sail. . MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 025917
35519 04/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Reported paddleboarder towing a kayak to CG. No further sighting. nfa NCI No Yes 022615
35518 03/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point CG requested any sighting of RIB with crew in possible trouble. Target identified and reported back in harbour. LB deployed in case of casualties. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 22525
35520 02/08/2020 NCI Prawle Point Relayed MoP report of possibly illegal immigrants to CG. No further action known. NCI No Yes n/n


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