Saturday, 27 August 2016

Le Kayak

Earlier in the week, we told you about some snacks that one of the team was promoting

Well now it seems he has gone one stage further and set up his own canoe hire business, as discovered by our roving reporter on holiday in France.
You don't have to go to France to get out on the water this Bank Holiday weekend, with kayaks, row boats and paddle boards available for hire locally in Swanage, Studland and Wareham.  Take care out on the water, check the tides before you go, wear your lifejackets and make sure you have got some working communication - VHF radios are far better at sea than mobile phones!


Friday, 26 August 2016

Betty and the Snakelocks

No, not a new sci-fi TV series, nor the name of rock band playing in one of Swanage's pubs this Bank Holiday.

Instead, this is about Betty from Andover, and her legs.  Betty is three and was paddling in Studland last week when she suddenly felt a stinging pain on her legs and saw a large rash developing. 
Betty's legs - taken and published with permission from Betty's family

It seems that Betty had been stung by a snakelocks anemone, a sea anemone often found in shallow waters of the South West.  This is the second incident like this we have seen this year.  Whilst pictures will show long flowing tentacles with purple tips (see Wikipedia), it can just as easily resemble and be mistaken for seaweed, and you wont know you've been stung until it is too late.

Snakelocks anemone on a South Coast beach
The team advised the family to wash the leg thoroughly with cold water and then introduced them to NT staff who offered some sting relieving spray.  The trick is not to rub the area as the sting can be transferred to other parts of the body on the hand.

Finally, Betty had a chance to look around our truck (MRU), to see some of the kit we've got and to press a couple of buttons to make the lights work - NO!, please not the red one!! - all of which hopefully cheered her up a little.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Safety at the Beach

On another sad day yesterday, with more lives lost around our coast, the BBC have issued some guidelines on how to stay safe - see below.

How to Stay Safe at the Beach and in the Sea

Remember: Coastal Emergency = 999 Coastguard

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Missing Child had walked 2 Miles

The full team was called yesterday evening to assist Dorset Police in a search for a 5 year old child who had gone missing from Knoll Beach in Studland.

The young lad was found an hour after he was first noticed missing by a concerned member of public some two miles away at Shell Bay.

With a Bank Holiday weekend approaching and some scorching temperatures, the beaches are currently packed with families and it's more important than ever for parents to keep a close eye on their children, as they so easily vanish into a crowd. And as we saw yesterday, even at a steady pace, children can soon find themselves a fair distance away.

Think about agreeing a place to rendezvous and/or a child's wristband with your name and mobile number on it

Emergency at the Coast -  #999Coastguard

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Helicopter Operations

One of our Blog readers has sent us some video clips of the Coastguard Rescue helicopter busy at a medical incident on Swanage beach last week.

Andy Worboys, who took the videos from outside the Spa Beach Huts says "We holiday in Swanage every year all the way from North Yorkshire, have done so for our anniversary every year since 1985, and it's worth every one of the 340 miles to get here, not least because of it's local people who live and work and obviously love this wonderful town. Thank you all."

Thank you Andy, for coming to see us, for your kind words and for the clips.

In Video 1, the winchman is dropped from the helicopter into the Swanage RNLI Inshore lifeboat, and brought into the beach from there.  This avoids blowing sand everywhere by hovering above the beach itself.

In Video 2, the helicopter lowers a stretcher in preparation for a casualty lift. Again the ILB stands by to recover it, but the helo crew drop it precisely and accurately at the waters edge.  Although it's difficult to see, the CG team had cleared a large area of beach by this time to facilitate this operation. Our own stretcher is capable of being winched, but where possible the helicopter crew prefer to use their own.

In Video 3, the helicopter has landed, and the casualty has been secured and moved a few hundred yards by road for helicopter transfer to hospital. It's much easier to load a stretcher when the helo is stationary and on the ground, rather than winching it in whilst hovering. We see the helicopter take off and head for Dorchester.

We must remind onlookers that helicopter operations can be dangerous, and the down draught from being too close can knock people off their feet as well as sending sand, grit, dirt and other shot media into faces and eyes.  When we ask you to keep back, it is for your safety as well as the safety of those conducting the operation.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Six Deaths at the Coast

A sad weekend, including one death in Dorset, as reported by the BBC News Website.

Take care at or near the coast and keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

In an emergency, Dial 999 and ask for Coastguard.   #999Coastguard

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Special snacks

It seems the team now have snacks named after them. These were found in the vehicle after a call out this week.

Check the weather

This was the weather and sea conditions yesterday at Anvil Point.

The patrol checked key areas of the patch yesterday when the unusual August arrived

Check the weather and tides

Coastal Emergency 999 Coastguard

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Are you on firm ground ?

Our colleagues down at West Bay had a serious incident this week when a large section of cliff fell away.

Thankfully no one was injured but the Coastguard continue to warn of the dangers of Cliffs and cliff edges.

The above photo was taken this week near to Old Harry , please take care near cliff edges.

Coastal emergency ? 999 Coastguard

Friday, 19 August 2016

The last patrol

A rather sad day for us yesterday , Kyle headed out on probably his last patrol in the Coastguard before emigrating down under.

We thought we would head up to Ballard , our highest point in the patch before he starts his new life upside down !

When we headed back to Swanage we were liaising with an ambulance crew when they asked us to assist with an incident on Shore Road.