Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 250
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.
43104 12/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point Fishing vessel called NCI on Ch65 with engine failure. HMCG informed and given position. ILB tasked and undertook tow to harbour. NCI Yes Yes 027686
43092 11/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI called on Ch65 by yacht with second yacht which has engine failure, under tow. Visual established, HMCG informed. No progress was being made, Pan Pan issued, RIB took over tow safely to harbour. NCI No Yes 027307
42983 06/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point HMCG contacted NCI and asked to liaise with CRT re. 2 MOP in danger on cliffs. ILB tasked, and after several calls, incident called off and ILB returned to station. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 026101
42984 06/08/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI informed HMCG a lone paddle boarder was undertaking a crossing of bay. CG requested NCI monitor. Monitoring continued until out of sight NCI No Yes n/a
42839 28/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point Motor vessel advised HMCG they had engine failure. NCI had visual, CG advised. Second vessel offers tow and casualty safely towed to harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 024262
42695 18/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point Vessel with engine failure called NCI on Ch65. NCI informed them they should call HMCG on Ch16, but nothing heard. NCI called CG to inform them of problem. ILB tasked and towed casualty to safety. NCI Yes Yes 022255
42652 15/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point Pan Pan from vessel with engine failure. NCI informed HMCG they had visual. ILB tasked and towed casualty into harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 021441
42613 11/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point Vessel contacted HMCG with rope around prop. NCI had visual, CG informed, NCI asked to monitor. Second vessel asked by CG to undertake tow to safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/a
42624 11/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point RIB reported to HMCG engine failure and dead battery. Second vessel offered assistance. NCI had visual, and gave bearing and distance. Casualty towed to harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 020646
42572 10/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point Off duty W/K found MOP with broken ankle on beach. HMCG informed, Ambulance, HELO, AWLB, and ILB all tasked, casualty brought ashore by ILB and transferred to HELO and to hospital. NCI No Yes 020297
42563 09/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point RIB observed by NCI over historic wreck, 2 heads visible in water. Reported it to appropriate authority, They reported it to Police. Vessel then observed heading to port. NCI No Yes n/a
42553 08/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point Pan Pan issued from fishing vessel with fouled propellor. NCI advised HMCG they had visual. Other fishing vessel offered a tow, and NCI monitored both vessels enter harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 019728
42479 03/07/2022 NCI Prawle Point Yacht lost steering south of Salcombe. NCI had visual, HMCG informed and given position. AWLB tasked, and took casualty under tow to safety. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 019178
42334 21/06/2022 NCI Prawle Point Pan Pan from yacht with engine failure. NCI inform HMCG they have visual. Second yacht took casualty under tow and progressed west out of range. MCA/HMCG No Yes 017493
42275 18/06/2022 NCI Prawle Point Yacht reported on Ch16 anchor caught. No response from HMCG. NCI given permission to use Ch16, no response. AWLB tasked, assisted to free vessel and escorted to harbour. NCI Yes Yes 017034
42179 07/06/2022 NCI Prawle Point Motor vessel reported to NCI a drifting tender, with name of vessel logged by NCI previous day. HMCG informed. Harbour authority informed by CG, and owner asked to contact CG. NCI No Yes n/a
42077 01/06/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI observed sea angling boat removing lobsters from a pot known to belong to local fisherman. HMCG informed, also Devon Sea Fisheries NCI No Yes n/a
41953 23/05/2022 NCI Prawle Point NCI overheard HMCG calling fishing vessel, with no response. NCI advise CG they haver visual on vessel, which is towing a speedboat towards harbour. Vessel monitored until reach harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 013401
41927 20/05/2022 NCI Prawle Point Yacht issued Pan Pan as lost engine and dragging anchor. NCI had visual. Second yacht in vicinity passed line and towed casualty to harbour and safety. MCA/HMCG No Yes 012984
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


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