Incident Summaries

The Total Number of Incidents since we started recording them can be found by selecting '-Year' from the Year filter : 237
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.
9107 14/06/2009 NCI Prawle Point Reported and monitored unauthorised diving on historic wreck.Police and helo attended. NCI No Yes 162950
9096 01/06/2009 NCI Prawle Point CG requested monitoring of disabled FV.Engine eventually restarted.FV with LB made harbour. MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 2179
9088 26/05/2009 NCI Prawle Point Reported damaged and abandoned tender. Recovered by FV.No casualties. NFA NCI No Yes 2040
9056 25/04/2009 NCI Prawle Point Reported possible deflated dinghy.CG team confirmed as old commercial bouyancy suit. NFA NCI No Yes 156517
9044 14/04/2009 NCI Prawle Point Co-operation with CG to locate possible MAYDAY vessel.Search continuing at shut down. MCA/HMCG No Yes 1541
9028 20/03/2009 NCI Prawle Point CG requested weather check during search for dismasted yacht.Towed in safely by FV MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 950
8141 01/11/2008 NCI Prawle Point Assisted positioning of disabled yacht and monitored tow by ILB to Salcombe. NFA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 4243
8133 29/09/2008 NCI Prawle Point Relayed MoP report of abandoned clothing and dinghy. CG and ILB attended. Assessed as 'old'. NFA NCI Yes Yes
8123 13/09/2008 NCI Prawle Point Clarified posit of MC with u/s engine to CG and monitored tow by FV and Harbour Launch. NCI No Yes 3567
8122 12/09/2008 NCI Prawle Point Clarified position of yacht with u/s engine to CG and monitored tow in by Harbour Launch. NCI No Yes 3560
8113 30/08/2008 NCI Prawle Point Reported disabled RIB and monitored recovery by ILB updating CG NCI Yes Yes 3367
8096 26/07/2008 NCI Prawle Point Monitored and updated CG re disabled yacht. Engine restarted. NFA NCI No Yes 2646
8093 21/07/2008 NCI Prawle Point Located apparently unmanned FV reported by MoP. Spotted crew onboard. NFA NCI No Yes 2522
8089 20/07/2008 NCI Prawle Point Reported disabled dinghy and alerted nearby boat by hailer. Craft towed in. Reports to CG. NCI No Yes 131720
8075 04/07/2008 NCI Prawle Point Reported yacht fouled by crabpot line in F6 wind. LB and helo tasked to tow and lift 1 crew NCI Yes Yes 2297
8025 31/03/2008 NCI Prawle Point Assisted location and tow of yacht transmitting Mayday due to loss of life jackets MCA/HMCG Yes Yes 943
8015 07/03/2008 NCI Prawle Point Reported yacht dumping rubbish. CG Enforcement Branch taking action. NCI No Yes 638
7030 27/08/2007 NCI Prawle Point Assisted vectoring FV to disabled MB. MCA/HMCG No Yes 3347
7044 20/08/2007 NCI Prawle Point Monitored and reported yacht in difficulties. HM took in tow. nfa NCI No Yes 2905
7058 06/08/2007 NCI Prawle Point CG requested info on disabled yacht. Reported and provided details for tow in by Salcombe ILB MCA/HMCG No Yes 2887
7073 30/07/2007 NCI Prawle Point Advised CG of craft near MV calling for assistance. Monitored subsequent tow. NCI No Yes 2731
7095 26/06/2007 NCI Prawle Point Attended and reported MoP in cliff fall. CG and ambulance attended. NCI No Yes 2189
7111 22/05/2007 NCI Prawle Point Reported drifting unmanned inflatable and nearby boat who towed it in. NCI No Yes
7128 14/04/2007 NCI Prawle Point Identified PanPan casualty on radar to home nearby vessel. MV towed in MCA/HMCG No Yes
7129 13/04/2007 NCI Prawle Point Relayed PanPan call to MRSC. Dive boat towed in by ILB NCI Yes Yes
7134 26/03/2007 NCI Prawle Point Assisted recovery of injured walker. Husband joined as a result! NCI No Yes
7144 03/02/2007 NCI Prawle Point Requested to monitor capsized yacht and LB tow. 4 survivors 1 DOA MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
7143 03/02/2007 NCI Prawle Point CG requested posit. of casualty. MB towed in by LB MCA/HMCG Yes Yes
6004 11/12/2006 NCI Prawle Point Attended walker evacuated by Air Ambulance. (Partner now a w/kpr !) NCI No Yes
6007 03/11/2006 NCI Prawle Point Reported yacht with loose anchor. CG advised yacht and thanked NCI NCI No Yes
6015 27/09/2006 NCI Prawle Point CG requested search for lost MoP. One not validated. Found by police MCA/HMCG No Yes
6083 23/06/2006 NCI Prawle Point Monitored EPIRB false alarm MCA/HMCG No No
6086 10/06/2006 NCI Prawle Point Requested to monitor disabled yacht. Salcombe Lifeboat towed in MCA/HMCG No Yes
6104 04/05/2006 NCI Prawle Point Reported disabled yacht. Assisting yacht also disabled. ALB towed in. NCI Yes Yes
6105 20/04/2006 NCI Prawle Point Broken down sports boat spotted reported towed in by another NCI No Yes
6106 19/04/2006 NCI Prawle Point Broken down sports boat reported. Towed in by another yacht NCI No Yes
6107 17/04/2006 NCI Prawle Point Relayed Pan Pan call to MRCC. Yacht towed in by another. NCI No Yes


Currently almost 60 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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