Thursday, 29 April 2010
John and Dee were busy filling in holes and gathering up sticks and rubbish so the grass can get established.
There was talk of a fountain, picnic bench and bbq.........keep you posted
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
Like a child at Christmas he ripped the packet open, gloating he was the only one with a clean pair and how they fitted him so well (I'm sure you have gone up a size Tom??)
Anyway it was sometime before the little problem was spotted.......yes the clothing people must have miss heard the order, Yes Swanage not Swansea !
See our cousins in Wales get a little extra written on their kit, perhaps someone can confirm the rumor it means "Guardian of the Sea?"
So our new member Tom Jones will be keeping his new suit just to be different!
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Despite the looks, (yes we think he looks like Inspector Frost on the TV series A Touch of Frost), Terry is the Team's medical advisor and through his advice (sometimes at the end of the telephone) and his skill people's injuries have been treated a lot quicker and improved their recovery.
So as the patrol headed down the ferry road they came across a young man who had fallen off his bike and with skin versus tarmac, there is only one winner!
So our secret weapon got straight into action and started treatment until the ambulance arrived.
Every team should have one.....
Saturday, 24 April 2010
A perrenial member of the carrot family, it is distinctive and rather beautiful plant with succulent grey- green leaves and delicate white flower heads . Great with fish or steamed or boiled with butter.
Rock Samphire grows on the Dorset coast but doesn't like to get it's feet wet.
Shipwrecked off Beachy Head in 1821 four shipwrecked sailors clung to rocks in total darkness with the tide coming in fast. About to take the desperate step of trying to swim to shore before the rising tide overwhelmed them, a flash of lightning revealed a patch of Rock Samphire. They now knew that the sea would never cover the rock completely and that they would be safe until daybreak when they were rescued.
Source: River Cottage Handbook No.5 Edible Seashore: John Wright and Hugh Fearnly-Whatshisname.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Members of the public called 999 when the amateur yacht man got into trouble, Coastguards and lifeboat crews proceeded and towed the "vessel" (if one can call it that???) to shore where some strong words of advice were given.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
First thing this morning a couple of the team had their medicals to ensure they were fit enough to be Coastguard Rescue Officers........thankfully no problems.
Terry and I then headed out on a patrol, lots of people about but thankfully no incidents.
Tonight was training, deputy blog forgot and thought we were having a secret meeting and then realised it was in fact training.
Tonight's training was communications, map reading and local knowledge. The team were given map references via radio and then they had to drive to that location and confirm what was found, like a telephone box. To ensure there was no cheating the team had to give the telephone box number or we followed them in another vehicle, the final test was for Dee to navigate from Wytch farm back to the view point using the map.......everyone got home safely.
Monday, 19 April 2010
I bet they get the posh biscuits rather than the scratty budgens value biscuits the team get at training!
Sunday, 18 April 2010
In fact I don’t know why I am writing this blog because it definitely did not happen....at all...ever.
Phew! Terry I think you got away with it..... ;-)
Friday, 16 April 2010
Speaking to the Operations Room this morning, the aircraft are restricted but each incident is looked at case by case by both the Coastguard and RCC Kinloss (the RAF oversee all rescue aircraft in the UK).
Already Rescue helicopters have flown seriously ill people around the country
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Yesterdays incident involved the team searching around Old Harry for a male that Police were concerned for. Having searched for several hours the volunteer team confirmed they had searched the area along with the ILB crew and helicopter crew and nothing was found.
Later Police confirmed the male was safe and well in Poole.
As the call was during the day, the team members had been called away from work so they have to get back as quick as possible so its a case of put the equipment back but not very straight!
So this afternoon it was a case of hanging clothing back on the right pegs! Reload the trailer with everything as the lighting equipment was taken out and then all the paper work to go with the incident.
Read the incident in the station log, complete the CG12 then the teams CG13's.
Sorry I'm not there today........
I will head up to the station to find out what happened.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
After 20 minutes of searching using the cliff equipment nothing was found. Shortly thereafter the Sea Safari 2 (the boat who called the Coastguard initially) came to the base of the cliffs and pointed out where the deer had landed.
Austen decided it was a lifeboat job and the Swanage Inshore Rescue Boar (IRB) were requested and quickly on scene. After some tooing and throwing the deer, which was battered and bruised, was brought on board the IRB before a quick dash to Durlston Bay to release it in order that it might recover on its own.
See the deer, smiley Sam and the crew here...
...and some clifftop shots also:-
Thanks to the Sea Safari 2, Swanage IRB and Heather, Ian and Sue who lent a hand.
“So what sort of deer was it?” I hear you ask
... no idea.
Monday, 12 April 2010
Would the pocket take a whole packet of biscuits? Thankfully yes, now just got to find where to put the torch!
Sunday, 11 April 2010
On wards to the pier and then for a coffee and tour of the station where I took over and Austen had to sit down having worn his legs out.
We then headed down Burlington Chine and the beach to look at the landslips before heading up Sheps Hollow where the party headed to Ballard whilst I went to pick up the vehicle !
We all met up again between Handfast point and Old Harry and from there it was a stroll to the finishing point at the Bankes Arms Studland which strangley is a pub and most had a fine lunch and then to be taken back to Durlston and their cars.
An excellent morning and great to see our colleagues from the Ops room.
Friday, 9 April 2010
Hopefully someone will think a new drain is required but in the meantime its out with the brush to sweep away the mud.
Last night was training which will feature on another blog along with our new radios
Monday, 5 April 2010
When Gareth and I returned from patrol we found Austen at the station and for some reason he had two pagers on? (We added a third for the photo!)
So Austen what was this all about? Battery failure we were told?? Hang on two pagers, and stood outside the Coastguard Station with the radio on......your not going to miss much are you!
Sunday, 4 April 2010
The files were fascinating , and have given me a lot more information on the event prior and after the incident. Above is a poster I found in the file warning the public of the dangers prior to the bomb disposal team coming back to sweep the beach again.
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Last night he texted me to say he was going to carry out a pager test to ensure every one's was working.
Ok I replied, does everyone know?
Yes he said I've text them........OK
Pager then goes off, great they are all working.
Sadly not every one got the text in time and thought the pager was going off for real.
Tom left his pint in the pub, running out the door to phone Portland only to discover the text from Austen, dam, walks back in pub to find his drink missing!
Gareth, eating his tea, leaps up , heads to the station, only to find this was a test! Walks back home to discover tea finished by wife! Gareth still waiting for the text from Austen.
Well I guess we know the pagers worked, just have to work on the communication skills now!
Friday, 2 April 2010
The other night, for some reason the pagers failed, this could be a number of reasons.
1) Finger error at the MRCC (pushing keys can sometimes go wrong, some poor person else where got a rude alarm call at 23.50!)
2) Technology failure,
3) Little gremlins in the system
Anyway whatever the reason, we have tested the pagers and all seem to be working again so we will never know.
Thursday, 1 April 2010
"Evening its Portland Coastguard we have a job for you",
"O the pager didn't go off",
"Well we sent it " said Portland Coastguard"Its to the yacht Kite",
"again" I replied, "this is the 3rd time we have dealt with the yacht"
"We know, Swanage Lifeboat has launched but communications are poor can you get up Old Harry"
"On my way"
Now don't get me wrong getting called out to anyone in distress is why I'm a Coastguard, once is unfortunate, twice ......er ummmm but three times ????
Lets say the matter is being looked in.
Jaws – It’s a shark the does it.
Jaws 2 – Same story different shark.
Jaws 3D – Yup, same story again, another shark but in 3D
Jaws 4 – They trot the rubber shark for a fourth and final time; Sir Michael Cain puts in an equally rubber performance.
Sink the Bismarck- They sink the Bismarck, the Germans are not best pleased.
Piranha - Guess what it’s Piranhas that do it.
Alligator – Yup an alligator is involved, and a damn big one at that.
Titanic – I’m afraid the boat sinks towards the end – if it sank at the start, mercifully it would have been a shorter film.
Oh and one last one…
Star Wars – Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s Dad.