Sunday, 20 April 2014

Cliff clearance

The slip at the north end of the bay has recently been cleared of the concrete that slipped down the cliff.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Please stay away from the edge.

Whilst dealing with the incident yesterday a group turned up and yet again decided to lean right over the edge to see how high the cliff was.

There was been a lot of coastal erosion here at Old Harry - please look from a safe distance.

Friday, 18 April 2014

More training

The team continued training last

Roger getting close to Duncan

Kyle considers how tight the neck seal really is

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The walk home

The Station Officer, Deputy Station Officer, Kerry and Mr Hobbs walking back from the incident on Sunday.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Helicopter Rescue

Rescue 106 from Portland lands in the Queen Elizabeth II field (formally Forres field) Sunday.

The aircraft had been scrambled at the request of South Western Ambulance to transport an 11 year old with a spinal injury.

The Swanage Coastguard team attended to assist keeping the public clear of the aircraft as it does attract lots of attention. We train regularly with the helicopter crews to ensure we know what they require when coming in for a landing

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Terry Potter and Geologist's Stone

Training was early this morning to ensure as volunteers we could put in two hours without compromising our family lives. A lot of what we do can only be achieved due to our partners and families allowing us the time to train...and respond if necessary. At the same time we have normal lives to live - we're not full time!

Anyway, it was a useful opportunity to get 10 Coastguards up on The Downs and run through a number of cliff rescue scenarios giving everyone to practice skills and learn new ones too.

Chris pulling a Next catalogue pose

Roger doing a spot of Officer In Charge - is that a bacon sandwich on the horizon?

Steve left down the cliff - '...what's that Steve, I can't hear you'

Fair to say that Terry, or Terry Potter, took the brunt of the teasing which he deserves for being a fan of Harry Potter.

Luckily he brought a broom in case there was a chance of a game of Quidditch.

Terry with flying broomstick
(Poor chap was so busy concentrating of getting the harness on that he didn't see us pull this stunt on him,
in fact first time he'll know is when he reads this blog!)

Meanwhile Roger decide to rescue and bring a rock up in the dog bag as a bit of ballast, not that he needs a lot, and our resident geologist Duncan - or Mr Hobbs as he's called at school - promptly decided it was Shelly limestone.  

Duncan said it was named after a person called Mr Shelly; but I reckon he's having us on because we all know that the rock is a highly fossiliferous limestone, composed of a number of fossilised organisms such as brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, sponges, corals, carrots and mollusks. It varies in colour, texture and hardness.  So basically Limestoen full of shells, or Shelly Limestone.     

So what did we learn today? Well they do a great breakfast gap down the Seagull Cafe, Duncan is a Geo-fibber, and we found out that Chris has taken over the mantle of camp photo coastguard (From Brian)

On the serious side, the kit all works well, the team all know how to use it, and we are more than ready for the summer season.

Sunday Morning Training

Training - Swanage looks gorgeous this morning; a lovely place to live! (Click photo for full size)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Terry Potter

Little did the Coastguard team know that roughty toughty Terry is a massive fan of Harry Potter. 

...that was until these photos magically fell into our hands ;-)

He's even been to the theme park in America.

Terry waving his small wand at 'Ollivanders'....look at his face, so excited.

Here he is drinking 'Butterbeer' ... Terry tells us that this is how lifeboat men drink their beer. ;-)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Alpine Butterfly Knot

This is a blog more for the chaps on station, see below for an easy explanation of how to tie the Alpine Butterfly Knot.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

A second dog falls at Durlston

In sadly what was almost a facsimile copy of last weekend's tasking, the Swanage Coastguard cliff team were called to a report of a dog that had jumped over a wall at Durlston Country Park and fallen some 90ft into the sea. The dog was subsequently spotted by its owner swimming about 100m off shore.

The Swanage Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was tasked to assist but could not find the dog. Sadly it would appear the dog had drowned, the whole situation was desperately sad for the owner.

It doesn't matter how well trained or behaved the dog is, please, please keep your dogs on the lead near to the cliff edge.


Ending on a positive note it was the first official tasking for our newest recruit! We'll introduce you to Callsign 'Juliet' our climbing instructor and mum of two, later this week.