Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Steve is our 'Coastguard of the Year'

We held our annual Presentation Night on Saturday - this is primarily a social evening for the team and their partners, but it's also a good opportunity to review the year just gone, to look through some slides of what we got up to and importantly to present our Coastguard of the Year award.

The Spike Williamson Award is named after a former colleague whose sudden death a few years ago robbed the team of a 'can-do' individual who went the extra mile to support the team both during incidents and outside of them.   Accordingly the award is given to the team member that best demonstrates those qualities and the worthy winner for 2017 is Steve Richards.

This has been Steve's first full year with the team and in that time he has undertaken lots of training to quickly bring himself up to speed, he has attended many incidents, some of them high profile and traumatic, and he has taken our 4x4 vehicle under his wing and continues to look after and care for it.

Well done Steve, very well deserved.

Thanks also to Swanage Royal British Legion for looking after us so well on Saturday.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Items found on Beach

The pagers sounded for the first tasking of 2018 this morning following the discovery of a number of items on the beach.

The team were tasked to search the shoreline and beach for any further items or perhaps a person in difficulty. The Shannon all-weather lifeboat diverted from its training exercise to do a sweep of the bay and was soon joined by the inshore boat.

After further investigations and a thorough examination of the items which were brought back to the scene by the finder, it was determined that they were unlikely to be linked to someone in difficulty and the teams stood down.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Swanage in numbers

As we move into 2018 , a little look back at the call outs during 2017.

As well as the call outs the volunteers carry out training , patrols and public relations events.

So in total 107 incidents were recorded.

1 unexploded piece of ordnance

2 animal rescues

21 Marine incidents involving craft or swimmers

2 pollution incidents

9 rope rescues

21 medical incidents

20 searches for lost persons

14 investigates

17 miscellaneous incidents

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Multi-Agency Search Exercise

You may have seen some of the team on the local news this week taking part in a recent exercise to test the multi-agency response to finding missing people in Dorset.

Last month, selected team members joined specially trained officers from Dorset Police and colleagues from neighbouring Coastguard teams, RNLI, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Dorset Search and Rescue, Hampshire Search and Rescue Dogs, Dorset Search Dogs and the Royal Life Saving Society as well as the NPAS helicopter.

The first live scenario they encountered involved three missing people, including a 10-year-old boy, and a second scenario involved a vulnerable man who had been reported missing.

The exercise was based at Brownsea Island and the services worked together to plan and co-ordinate the searches and locate the missing people.

Each year we get involved in a number of searches for missing persons, and exercises such as this not only allow us  to train alongside the partner agencies we would work with,  but it also allows us to adopt a common, joined up approach to search planning and search management.

Superintendent Mike Rogers, of Dorset Police, said: “Exercises such as this are a valuable way of testing the response of the various agencies involved to major incidents, the roles they each play and how they work together in such scenarios.

“They help us test our plans and resilience and ensure that our staff are up-to-date with the latest practice.

“I would like to thank all the personnel from the various agencies and organisations who contributed to the exercise as well as the National Trust for its permission and support to run the event on Brownsea Island.”

Friday, 5 January 2018

Flooding Expected

The Environment Agency have issued the following :

Swanage Bay
Flooding is expected - immediate action required

The following flood warning will remain in force two hours either side of the following high tides: 05/01/2018 at 11.45 pm, 06/01/2018 at 11.45 am, 07/01/2018 at 00.02am,
07/01/2018 at 11.40am
08/01/2018 at 00.40am.

Strong North Easterly winds may cause overtopping of the sea wall potentially flooding roads and depositing shingle. People are advised to stay aware from risk areas and take care near to the coast.

This information was last updated at 2:59pm Friday 5 January 2018

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Eleanor is on the way - Yellow Warning

Between 18:00 Tue 2nd and 18:00 Wed 3rd

Storm Eleanor to bring very strong winds later Tuesday, continuing overnight and on Wednesday. The warning has been adjusted to bring the northern boundary southwards, and to combine with the warning previously in force for Wednesday. Public transport may be disrupted or canceled and some bridges are likely to be closed. Power cuts and disruption to other services (mobile phones for example) may also occur, while injuries from flying debris are possible. Combined with a period of high tides, it is likely that some western coastal communities will be affected by large waves and spray, and again there is a chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves, or beach material being thrown on to seafronts and coastal properties.
Further details

Monday, 1 January 2018

Don’t slip in 2018

Happy New Year to all those who read the blog.

I’m sure many of you have noticed the rain in the last week and this is just starting to make paths and tracks a little waterlogged.

We have been informed the coastal path from Dancing Ledge to Anvil Point is particularly slippery so we urge some caution if you are out walking.

Our colleagues in St Albans have also issued a warning for the area around St Albans Head.

Please may sure you take the right clothing and footwear if going for a walk along the Coast.

Coastal Emergency ?
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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Have a safe New Years Eve

As the last few hours of 2017 tick past , the team would just like to take a moment to say thank you.

Whilst we are all volunteers , we couldn't do what we do without the support of our families , friends and the community.

So thank you , those cups of tea and support is really special to us.

A special Thank you to our colleagues in the Police , Ambulance , RNLI , DorSar and Fire who we have all worked with during 2017.

Enjoy your celebrations but our tip of the day is " stay out the sea ". Alcohol and the sea ( water) don't mix especially when Storm Dylan is about.

Happy New Year .....

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Concern for welfare in the Swanbrook

A report of some people and loud bangs in the outlet of the Swan brook by the Mowlem saw the team deployed to investigate.

The brook flows through the town and mostly underground and with the recent rain it’s deeper than normal.

On arrival a nearby resident confirmed the pair had safely made it back out , the bangs where plastic bags being popped but echoing around the culvert.

The brook is mostly under ground and we recommend it’s not an area to explore or play in.

The sides are very slippery with a deep hole at the opening to the sea.

Whilst it looks a place to explore or hide our advice is to stay clear. Water levels can suddenly increase without warning.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Dumped Canoe

A post Christmas patrol to run the Coastguard vehicle spotted a submerged canoe just off the pier.

With a risk that someone could have been in it , the Coastguard requested the RNLI inshore crew to pick the craft up and bring it ashore.

On Collection it was obvious it was an old craft and believed it had recently been dumped around the stone quay.

The Coastguard will investigate calls of submerged craft to ensure persons are not at risk.

Please ensure your craft is left secure , don’t dump anything at sea and if you lose a water craft tell the Coastguard - it can save wasting valuable resources.

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