Sunday, 25 January 2015

Today's Patrol and the cake

Today's Patrol disappeared off to check the area and soon sent a progress report on what was happening in Studland.

Yes clearly the new year diet was out the window and a visit to middle beach cafe was just too much to miss.

Thankfully fully fuelled up the chaps continued and checked the access routes around Studland.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Always watching

A trip to the beach today soon saw an incident developing .

To the many walkers on the beach, the sailing dinghy was going well and the windsurfer just kept falling in, to the Station Officer something was wrong.

Having watched this for a little while, the windsurfer falling in , the sailing dinghy going round and trying to pick the windsurfer it was time to act.

The National Maritime Operations Centre was called and details passed to them what was being seen , did it require the lifeboat ?

Well at that point the sailing dinghy managed to start pulling the windsurfer ashore so the lifeboat wasn't requested.

Meeting the windsurfer ashore he confirmed the board had broken and he was having a problem so was grateful that someone was actually keeping an eye out.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Weather Warnings

There are a number of Weather warningsin place for the next few days.

Risk of snow and ice in the morning , but it's the heavy rain and wind, Wednesday and Thursday which may cause flooding.

There is a risk of large waves in coastal areas with over topping in areas like the Lower High Street in Swanage.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sheps Hollow

Lovely walk this morning, sadly the tide prevented a full patrol to Ballard

Monday, 5 January 2015

Dull January

Christmas over........

New Year seen in.......

Back to work ........

It's all a bit flat and grey

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Car Carrying Ship Aground in the Solent

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.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 Coastguard of The Year - Terry Edmunds

The 2014 Coastguard of the Year is Terry Edmunds.

Oh look at his happy little face.
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.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Mountain Biker Casualty - Godlingston Hill

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.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

What NOT to do on your holidays

An off duty team member out for a walk yesterday with their family was shocked to see this person using the mile markers as a climbing frame.

Not that they should actually be on this piece of MOD property, they had no safety equipment and had a gust of wind blown them off they probably would have ended up in the ravine at Tilly Whim.

We like people enjoying the countryside , the views and the outdoors but please do not put yourself or others at risk.

Saturday, 27 December 2014