Friday, 27 February 2015

Coastguard teams tasked to Old Harry

The team along with colleagues from St Albans, both Swanage RNLI Lifeboats, Rescue 106 from Portland and Dorset Police were tasked this afternoon to an area close to Old Harry Rocks.

Members of the public had reported seeing a female fall from cliffs to the South of Old Harry Rocks.

A body was located and with the assistance of the RNLI crews was airlifted by the crew of Rescue 106 to Dorset County Hospital.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

In memory of Norman

A very sad day for the Southbourne Coastguard Team as it was the funeral of Norman Feast.

Norman sadly lost his brave battle with illness a few weeks ago.

As The Deputy Station Officer, Norman's humour was known especially towards the Swanage Team.

Norman always carried out his duties to the highest traditions of the Coastguard Service......he will sadly be missed by us all.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Big Tides

Today and Tomorrow will see some of the biggest tidesof the year.

This could cause some flooding in places

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Lifeboat slip gone!

Popped down to the lifeboat station today to liaise with the mechanic and see how the work for their new boat house is coming on,

The digger has eaten the slipway with ease!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Search for overdue climbers

The Swanage Coastguard Team along will colleagues from the St Albans Coastguard Team were tasked to search for two climbers last night.

Two climbers from Devon were reported in the Durlston area had not returned after a days climbing.

The teams set off just as the local Police found their car and thankfully the two climbers inside safe and well. The pair had been climbing in the Boulder Ruckle area and the climb had taken longer than they thought. Both were a little cold but ok and were grateful that the teams had deployed to search for them.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Mystery Bang

At approximately half past midnight this morning a loud bang was heard around Swanage.

Jumping out of bed it brought back memories of how the Coastguard team use to be called out. One maroon was fired to summons the Coastguard team or two to summons the lifeboat crew.

So having heard the bang for a split second I thought who is calling the team out but waking up a little more I realised it was impossible as we haven't fired maroons for nearly 10 years.

So it remains a mystery who would be firing something like this ( very different to a fire work). Even the small cloud the maroons made when they had exploded could be seen hanging in the sky.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

We are keeping our Brian

Readers may be aware that a horse called Brian, training to be a police horse may be renamed to fit the tougher image of police horses.

This caused a stir on station and an emergency debate on whether "Brian" was a suitable name for a rough tough volunteer Coastguard.

Thankfully after..... About 3 seconds we decided that our Brian would not officially be renamed unless public demand warrants it.

Brian the Coastguard faces many YEARS of tests before knowing if is really a tough Coastguard. Here speaking to his best friend Ruth (sat to his left)

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Night Exercise

Tonight in a cold and strong easterly wind the team popped up to Peveril Point to set up the cliff equipment.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Fresh Falls

The scene yesterday up by Sheps Hollow at the North End of Swanage Bay.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Kerry's Helicopter

Kerry headed off to join the Southbourne team this morning for some helicopter training.

She was a bit cross they wouldn't let her fly the aircraft but said they showed the team how to be winched up and how to use the stretcher.

Coastguard Rescue Officers train with the helicopter crews to ensure the safety of everyone during an incident. This includes landing areas, winching and flight safety.