The BBC Website is tonight running a report of a car transporter ship which has run aground on the Brambles Bank at the end of Southampton Water. It reports the ship is listing at upto 45 degrees and that the Coastguard helicopter and RNLI colleagues are in attendance.
UPDATE: Sunday, 1025am.
By first light the ship could clearly be seen by onlookers on both sides of the Solent, and the local and national media were on scene and will continue to provide updates of the salvage and/or refloat operation. Utlising a variety of declared assets, this was one of the biggest operations managed to date by our colleagues at the recently opened National Maritime Operations Centre, who confirmed that 25 persons had been removed from the vessel mainly through the use of Rescue 104 and local lifeboats. A good team effort by all involved.
A worthy winner of the 'Michael 'Spike' Williamson Award
The award is voted on by the team and given to the Coastguard who has gone the extra mile - in this case Terry has almost polished our truck to death this year; and he's carried on in good humour despite family illness and his house nearly falling down.
He's also been voted 'The clown that inflated a lifejacket in the back of the truck ...of the year' a new award for clowns that that pull the 'emergency only toggle' when sitting in the truck.
Late this afternoon the Swanage Coastguard team were tasked to Godlingston Hill to assist South West Ambulance Trust who were attending a mountain biker who had fallen from his bike.
The area is well known to us having attended numerous mountain bike accidents, sadly this includes fatalities. The chap today came off relatively unscathered other than a broken bone. Much of the impact was taken by his helmet.
The hill is very steep and invites mountain bike riders who like a bit of downhill speed, to travel faster than perhaps they should. The track is particularly bumpy and should be avoided in cold icy conditions like today. On warmer days cyclists need to watch out for walkers.
Helicopter Rescue 106 was released to assist but given the light, weather conditions, slopes and power lines it was considered that an extraction using the Coastguard 4WD was a safer option.
Thanks to Ben Bowman at Godlingston Farm for pitching in - and fixing the gate.