Incident Summary

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 227
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.

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.
34963 23/06/2020 NCI Prawle Point 35ft motor vessel with engine failure made PanPan call to HMCG. WK contacted HMCG with corrected position. Lifeboat tasked and towed casualtyinto Dartmouth. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 15160
32819 02/11/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported stranded whale to CG. Updated as British Divers Marine Life attended to deal with it. NCI No Yes 33071
32255 23/09/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that damaged motor cruiser was visual. Updated when it made harbour. MCA/HMCG No Yes 29487
31601 15/08/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that semi-disabled yacht was visual. Updated when she sailed out of sight in reduced sail. MCA/HMCG No Yes 24085
31599 14/08/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported FV apparently unmanned in possible trouble to CG. Contact established on #16 and #65 and all well. nfa NCI No Yes n/n
31598 08/08/2019 NCI Prawle Point CG requested any visual on lone paddleboarder in possible difficulty. No sighting due to low visibility. nfa MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
31597 01/08/2019 NCI Prawle Point Relayed report from Start Pt. Lighthouse to CG of two RIBs harassing seals. NCI No Yes n/n
31400 29/07/2019 NCI Prawle Point Advised yacht caught on crab pot to call CG. Monitored and updated when AWLB assisted to release from pot's gear. NCI Yes Yes n/n
31244 16/07/2019 NCI Prawle Point Informed CG that disabled MB was visual at 2 miles. Updated when LB towed her in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 19269
31186 13/07/2019 NCI Prawle Point CG requested monitoring of recovery of disabled yacht in flat calm conditions by AWLB. Updated CG as she was towed in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/n
30917 04/07/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that disabled motor cruiser was visual. Updated when an adjacent vessel towed her in. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
30778 02/07/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported dismasted yacht proceeding east to CG. Monitored her until out of sight. NCI No Yes n/a
30727 30/06/2019 NCI Prawle Point Co-ordinated with CG to monitor vessels in collision. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/k
30677 26/06/2019 NCI Prawle Point Relayed MoP report of injured man on coast path to CG. Provided defribrillator and water until CRT and SAR helo arrived to lift to hospital. NCI No Yes 016170
30918 26/06/2019 NCI Prawle Point Relayed MoP report of unwell walker on coast path to CG. CRT attended and casualty air-lifted to hospital by helo. NCI No Yes 016170
30433 10/06/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported unusual action by fast moving RIB to CG. NCI No Yes n/n
30339 23/05/2019 NCI Prawle Point Co-operated with CG to trace single-handed yacht reported overdue. ILB located yacht safe at anchor. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 12395
30123 18/05/2019 NCI Prawle Point CRT requested any sighting of fishermen reportedly in danger of becoming tidebound. Updated when they regained safe ground. Both LBs recalled. RNLI Yes Yes 11897
29955 11/05/2019 NCI Prawle Point CG asked whether Mayday relay casualty was visual. No sighting. Subsequently found to be false alarm. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 11124
29820 03/05/2019 NCI Prawle Point Provided accurate position and details of disabled yacht to CG for ILB to tow in safely. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 10324
28915 26/03/2019 NCI Prawle Point Provided position of disabled FV and adjacent vessels to CG. Updated when she was towed in by another. MCA/HMCG No Yes 6410
28892 24/03/2019 NCI Prawle Point Assisted CRT recovery of collapsed MoP by relaying radio traffic to CG. MCA/HMCG No Yes 6250
27649 13/01/2019 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that disabled FV was visual. Updated when LBs tow it in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 911
25399 29/08/2018 NCI Prawle Point Lone fisherman was reported to Harbour Office as 'overdue' to return. Fisherman observed in no difficulty. FAWGI NFA NCI No No
25329 23/08/2018 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that disabled FV was visual. Updated when AWLB attended to tow in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 25787
24914 09/08/2018 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that disabled FV was visual and in no danger but there were no other craft close by. Updated when LB attended. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 23853
24753 04/08/2018 NCI Prawle Point Received PanPan call from disabled ML. Updated when she was recovered by the AWLB. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 22930
24566 21/07/2018 NCI Prawle Point Relayed PanPan call to CG. Updated when local boat towed the casualty in. NCI No Yes 20540
24439 10/07/2018 NCI Prawle Point CG requested visual on grounded speedboat. Accurate position provided for ILB to tow in safely. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 18826
24354 03/07/2018 NCI Prawle Point Co-operated with CG and MoP to confirm safety of windsurfer who in fact had made it to shore. NCI No Yes 17623
24277 30/06/2018 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG and updated on recovery by local FV of disabled yacht. MCA/HMCG No Yes n/n
24082 14/06/2018 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG discovery of abandoned rucksack containing medication. Possible missing person ? Updated when owner returned to collect it. nfa NCI No Yes 14852
24009 08/06/2018 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that disabled craft was visual. Updated as ILB towed her in. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/n
23734 20/05/2018 NCI Prawle Point Reported a yacht standing into danger to CG. It did not respond to CG radio but luckily altered course at last minute. nfa NCI No Yes n/n
23427 21/04/2018 NCI Prawle Point Notified CG of injured lady on coast path with OS position. Ambulance already called for. Updated when casualty removed. NCI No Yes n/n
23423 19/04/2018 NCI Prawle Point Relayed MoP report of medically distressed child to CG. Updated when reporter informed Station that child had recovered. nfa NCI No Yes 8306
23105 30/03/2018 NCI Prawle Point Reported PanPan call to CG (which they had not heard). Chan. 16 Relay suggestion refused. Provided position for LB to tow disabled yacht in safely. NCI Yes Yes 6369
22854 16/03/2018 NCI Prawle Point CG requested accurate position of rapid sinking FV. Position confirmed and CG updated as LB rescued two crew. Info also passed on other FVs in area for debris search. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 5247
22562 15/02/2018 NCI Prawle Point Passed corrected grid position to CG for Air Ambulance to take injured walker to hospital. MCA/HMCG No Yes 3037
21444 23/11/2017 NCI Prawle Point Reported to CG that FV with overheating engine was visual. Updated when LB towed her in. nfa MCA/HMCG Yes Yes n/k


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