Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Rope training

The team headed up to Old Harry on Sunday along with some colleagues from the St Albans team.







Cliff edge safety watching the cliff technician go over the cliff.


Monday, 8 February 2016

Flood alert

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for East Coast of Dorset.

Flooding is possible for Castletown, Weymouth, Preston Beach, Swanage Bay, Studland Bay, Sandbanks, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth Beach, Hengistbury Head and Christchurch Harbour this evening.

Low lying coastal land and roads will be affected first.

Be prepared.

The flood alert for the East Coast of Dorset will remain in force overnight, as a precaution, following Storm Imogen. The time of the high tides along the coast are Preston Beach 19:00; Swanage 20:45; Poole Harbour 21:15; Christchurch Harbour 21:13. Waves will continue to affect the open coast, although easterly facing coasts will be more sheltered. The forecast wind strength is force 6 to 8. The wind direction is westerly.



Imogen bites

Storm Imogen hits the south coast.
Big rolling seas off Durlston Head this morning.


















See someone in trouble at sea or on the coast - 999 Coastguard

10.30 Middle of Swanage ( not exposed coast line) wind force 9 but over night a gust of force 11 ( 60 mph )



Sunday, 7 February 2016

Peveril Point Incident

Further to the incident report on Saturday

We regret that Dorset Police issued a further statement this afternoon informing us the lady sadly passed away this morning from her injuries.

Our thoughts are with the family , friends  and all those who tried so hard on Saturday to carry out the rescue.

Imogen is on the way






Another big storm is just arriving off the west of the UK and due to cross the country.

Storm 10 winds are possible going into tomorrow (Monday)

An amber weather warning has been issued - be prepared , is your journey necessary in the next 24 hours for example.

The storm will create large waves of the South Coast and we urge readers to take care and not to venture too close to breaking water.

17:55 - flood alert

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for East Coast of Dorset.

Flooding is possible for Castletown, Weymouth, Preston Beach, Swanage Bay, Studland Bay, Sandbanks, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth Beach, Hengistbury Head and Christchurch Harbour this afternoon and early evening.

Low lying coastal land and roads will be affected first.

Be prepared.



This Flood Alert affects the whole of the East Coast of Dorset particularly at Preston Beach. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this Flood Alert is in force is 05:30 pm (Local time) on Saturday 06/02/2016

The forecast wind direction is southerly

The forecast wind strength is Force 8

Strong winds and waves will affect coastal paths, harbour walls and promenades from mid afternoon onwards.

The following Flood Alert will remain in force for at least two hours following the time of high tide.

We will be monitoring the situation carefully and will update this message if the situation deteriorates.




Stay tuned to radio weather, news and travel bulletins on Heart Solent, BBC Radio Solent, Wave 105, Wessex FM and The Bay.

- Be prepared to protect yourself and your property.

- Keep your colleagues informed about the situation.

- Be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads.

- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

- Farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

- Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the Environment Agency website www.gov.uk/environment-agency for river levels

Coastal or Maritime Emergency - 999 Coastguard.

The De-brief

After yesterday's multi-agency incident at Peveril Point, we all returned to the station for a debrief.
This can lead to a rather full car park, and in fact moments before this photo there was a second Coastguard vehicle (belonging to St Albans) and another ambulance car and police car.


A Joint Emergency Services Debrief at North Beach Car Park



We often find ourselves working closely with local ambulance and police teams, and debriefs such as these enhance the knowledge and understanding between the services.

It was also a chance to clean and return all the equipment to each other ready for use.

May we also take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in yesterday's incident which was technically demanding in both managing over 40 emergency service workers in four different locations and in the conditions we found ourselves.





Saturday, 6 February 2016

Multi Agency Incident at Peveril Point

Emergency services responded to a concern for welfare this afternoon following reports a woman had gone over the cliffs at Peveril Point.

Coastguard Rescue Officers from Swanage and St Albans were tasked along with Dorset Police Officers and the Ambulance Service.

A local woman aged in her 50's was airlifted from the cliffs by the Coastguard helicopter and taken to King George's field where she was treated by Paramedics. She sustained very serious head and chest injuries and was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital by the air ambulance.




Rescue 106 from Portland lowers a winchman to the base of cliffs in front of the National Coastwatch lookout.

We would also like to confirm that despite local social media reports the incident did not involve a child.

Stay safe on the Coast

The weather is on the turn again.




Wind is increasing to gale force 9 , see the shipping forecast.

There are weather warnings in place of rain and wind , an amber warning is in place for rain in Devon.

Ground conditions are now a problem due to the amount of rain received recently so if you are out on a coastal walk take care.

11.12 The environment agency has just issued this :

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for East Coast of Dorset.

Flooding is possible for Castletown, Weymouth, Preston Beach, Swanage Bay, Studland Bay, Sandbanks, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth Beach, Hengistbury Head and Christchurch Harbour this afternoon and early evening.

Low lying coastal land and roads will be affected first.

Be prepared.


This Flood Alert affects the whole of the East Coast of Dorset particularly at Preston Beach. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this Flood Alert is in force is 05:30 pm (Local time) on Saturday 06/02/2016

The forecast wind direction is southerly

The forecast wind strength is Force 8

Strong winds and waves will affect coastal paths, harbour walls and promenades from mid afternoon onwards.

The following Flood Alert will remain in force for at least two hours following the time of high tide.

We will be monitoring the situation carefully and will update this message if the situation deteriorates.




Stay tuned to radio weather, news and travel bulletins on Heart Solent, BBC Radio Solent, Wave 105, Wessex FM and The Bay.

- Be prepared to protect yourself and your property.

- Keep your colleagues informed about the situation.

- Be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads.

- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

- Farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

- Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions. Visit the Environment Agency website www.gov.uk/environment-agency for river level and flooding information.

- Call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial 04532 for up-to-date flooding information.

Contact

Wessex Area
Flood Warning Duty Officer - Blandford
Area Incident Room
Rivers House
Blandford Forum
Dorset DT11 8ST
Floodline: 0345 988 1188



In a Maritime or Coastal Emergency call 999 and ask for Coastguard







Friday, 5 February 2016

Swanage

Ever wondered how Swanage got its name?




Perhaps it was this view from Ballard and the shape similar to a Swan ?


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Where is the Coastguard Station?

Interestingly tonight we were due a visitor to the station, who had travelled down from Bristol.

Having arrived in town their SatNav gave up so the person asked a local !

"Where's the Coastguard Station" ? The local said " oh that's up at Peveril Point next to the Lifeboat station. "

The first we knew of this was when our great friends at the National Coast Watch called us and said are you expecting a visitor? Yes we are can you send them our way .......






The Swanage Coastguard station is in North Beach Car Park off De Moulham Road.

Whilst we were at Peveril Point from 1842 till 2009 , we moved.
The lookout at Peveril Point is manned by volunteers of NCI not Coastguards.