Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Helicopter at Anvil Point

The Coastguard volunteers have been back in action today, responding to reports of an 84-year old lady who had slipped awkwardly at Tilly Whim.

On arrival at Anvil Point the team set about making the lady comfortable and assessing her pain and possible  injuries.

The lady, who was part of an organised walking group, had slipped on a particularly steep section making extraction potentially difficult, and so the Rescue Helicopter from Portland was called to assist.

Working with the paramedic winchman,  the team stabilised the casualty and carefully loaded her onto the helicopter stretcher for the short journey to Dorchester A&E.

Despite it being a beautiful sunny Autumn day, and lovely for a walk, the ground is currently very slippy underfoot and we would urge anybody out for a walk to take care.

Thanks to Ian the walk leader for the photo and also for his assistance through the afternoon.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

More Trailers

Like a scene from thunderbirds we have had a extra pods trailers this week.

One for the cliff equipment.

One for the water rescue equipment.

A spare !

Soon need a bigger station !

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Going to the Coast ?

Taking a trip to the Coast ?

Make sure you know the weather and tide .

Ensure you have the right clothing.

Plan your route

Don't put yourself or others in dangers

Is it safe to do what your planning ?

See someone in trouble 999 Coastguard

Friday, 21 October 2016

Sandbanks - Swanage Chain Ferry - going for a refit

The chain ferry at the entrance to Poole Harbour will be out of service from the 6th November (20.00)

The expected refit time will be two to three weeks however that is subject to the weather.

So it's the long way round for a while

Thursday, 20 October 2016

What did you do this evening?

Watch the TV ?

Go to the pub ?

Or go for water rescue training ?

The team headed down to the beach in the dark to practise their water rescue skills.

Different techniques were practiced under the instructions of the SCOO.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

We are volunteers

It's 00.40 and twelve households suddenly come to life - fire alarm , no it's the pager.

Lights turned on , shouts of "be quiet" as the twelve volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers try and get dressed whilst calling into the National Maritime Operations Centre.

"Full team call out for a search at Rockley Park Poole" We are told .

Overalls and boots on and run out the house trying to keep quiet.

Drive to the station to get further details and start the drive to meet the Police.

Thankfully on arrival at the station the team is stood down as the Police have located the female safe and well.

That is a daily occurrence for the 3000 plus volunteers in the 340 teams around the UK.

All the team members have their full time careers but when paged and available will respond to Coastguard incidents.

#always on call

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Grey sky

The view towards Ballard this morning , all a bit grey.

A sail training ship in the bay , it's all quietening down after the busy summer.

If you are going out for a walk on the coast , check the tides and weather.

In a coastal emergency 999 Coastguard

Monday, 17 October 2016

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Kayakers rescued off Durlston Head

The Coastguard team and both Swanage RNLI Lifeboats were tasked to Durlston Head this morning to several reports of some kayakers in trouble .

The watch keepers at NCI Peveril and a call from a member of the public saw the volunteers of both services paged.

Two of a group of five kayakers had difficulties around Durlston Head , rolling and unable to get the water out of their Kayaks.

Both lifeboats arrived and recovered the five on boat the large lifeboat and brought them back to the Coastguard team on the pier.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Weather Changing

The view from above Anvil Point, finally the wind is changing from the east to the south.

After a week of easterly winds the seaweed arrives on the beach.