Monday, 28 July 2014

Swanage Carnival Swim

Tonight was the carnival swim and the team took the truck down to the quay to promote safety and provide a watch over the swimmers.

Sadly both Roger and I are on holiday so that prevented us entering the swim - Kerry forgot her swim wear so we had a cup of tea instead.

The RNLI inshore crew were on the water following the swimmer with well over a 100 swimmers.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Swanage Carnival

It was the Swanage Carnvial today - a busy day for the team as the potential for incidents is very high due to the numbers in the town. Thankfully only one 1st aid incident today.

As in previous years we were joined by our colleagues from St Albans Coastguard, we also borrowed the bosses car to assist in transport if required. Whilst it is fun to be in the procession the main reasons for taking part is to move around the town so we don't get stuck responding to incidents.

Loads of chances of photo bombing people taking photos of us!

Fiona, our local Police Inspector was spotted along with Sgt. Hickman keeping everything safe and moving - not sure she still hasn't got over her recent training session with us.

The route changed this year due to the sea front being closed - Eric found this difficult - which gear do I need?

Finally after a long day - back for a BBQ and repack the station.

What does he look like!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Coastguard team save child from falling out window.

Tonight was kit night at the station, with extra effort to prepare for Carnival week.

Everyone was working hard to ensure the equipment was clean and packed ready for Carnival week, when Terry noticed a small child in a nearby property standing on a 1st floor windowsill trying to open the window.

Suddenly the child managed to fully open the window. The risk of the child falling was unthinkable - the team literally leaped into action. Brian was assisted over the fence whilst Chris appeared to hurdle the fence and both raced over to catch the child if they fell.

Thankfully the sight of two Coastguards racing towards the house saw the child get down from the window as the parents raced out to see what all the shouting was about and were most grateful for the teams actions.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Coastguard and RNLI in joint exercise

Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were joined in a training exercise at Anvil Point tonight by the Swanage RNLI crews.

With a few scenarios of climbers stuck or fallen the crews carried out the rescue and recovery of the climbers by sea.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Stuck in the mud at Studland.

Sunday's Patrol had a busy day after first dealing with a lady fallen on a pavement and then being tasked to Studland to a report of a walker stuck in the mud.

Working with the National Trust and Dorset Police who were dealing with another incident , the team searched for the male around the little sea area.

The Police located the male but the area was very muddy and without risking any further entrapments Rescue 106 assisted by lifting the male clear of the mud and back to the waiting Coastguards.

Our advice is always stick to the recognised paths.

Rescue 106 searching for the male stuck in the mud at Studland. Tom and a local Police Officer watch on from a safe distance.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Item washed up on beach.

The Initial Response Team were called to the beach close to the Mowlem after beach wardens discovered a possible piece of ordnance.

The object appeared to be a ammunition case caught up in the seaweed but having taken advice from the RAF it was confirmed as part of a packing case probably used in this weeks parachute jumps off Swanage.

If you see items marked with military markings never touch them, call the Coastguard and stay safe.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Weather Warning of heavy thundery torrential rain

An amber weather warning has been issued for a large part of the country including Dorset.

Heavy torrential rain along with hail and thunder is predicted over the next 24 hours.

Advice is to check the forecast and consider any activity which could be affected by the weather.

Keep out of flood water.

On Patrol

A contender for photo of the year from Kyle - Coastguard on patrol at Anvil Point.