Monday, 28 February 2011
Yesterday down in Lulworth a 36 year female got stuck in mud and required the assistance of all the emergency services.
Saturday, 26 February 2011
After any incident it is important to sit down and debrief fully and this was especially important after this weeks incident.
One of the topics raised was the impact social network sites had on the search. The number of hits on this blog went from around 100 a day to over 1000 something which had never happened even whilst our new station was being built.
I would like to thank all of the team, many who took time off work to continue the search. Dorset Police, St Albans Coastguard, NCI Swanage, Wardens at Durlston Country Park, Swanage Lifeboat Crew and the many members of the community who both searched and sent message of support.
Friday, 25 February 2011
Although formal identification is yet to take place, Police Officers believe it to be that of Jesse Jones. His family have been informed.
On behalf of everyone at Swanage Coastguard, our thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Jones, family and friends at this very difficult time.
Thursday, 24 February 2011
|HM Coastguard Swanage|
Today has been a very busy day for the team, with the weather improved it was a good chance to double check areas.
I would like to thank the team members who again volunteered to search today especially in some very hazardous locations.
Today we have transferred the search information on to some large maps so we can track where has been checked.
Eric and Paul headed out to check the Zig Zag and Durlston Bay, the area is very wet and slippery.
Ian again checked the main beach area and headed out to Peveril Point.
National Coastwatch at Peveril Point scanned Ballard Down with their binoculars.
After a review with Portland MRCC and the Station Officer, it was decided to check Tilly Whim caves. Assisted by Kate from the country park, a FULL search of the caves were made with Eric and Paul providing safety cover from the top.
*****PLEASE CAN WE ASSURE EVERYONE THAT THE SEARCH IN TILLY WHIM COVERED 100% OF THE AREA, IT IS VERY DANGEROUS, FULL SAFETY EQUIPMENT HAD TO BE WORN, IN PLACES IT COULD BE A RISK TO LIFE. THIS AREA IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC *****
The Swanage ILB headed out and checked from Peveril Point to Dancing Ledge and back checking the pier area.
Finally Austen and Gareth headed back out and checked a lot of Studland.
It's entirely understandable that the local community want to search for Jesse, and good on them for doing so. To reiterate previous advice please keep yourself safe and don’t take risks. If you do have any concerns or wish to report anything please do so; the relevant numbers are posted below.
Police 01202 222 222
Coastguard 01305 760439
Or 999 in an Emergency.
A further team of volunteers will be deployed again late afternoon / early evening to continue the search.
Yesterday saw a brief moment of hope when a report came in that Jesse had been sighted in a local convenience store. Swanage Police Officers along with Jesse's parents viewed the CCTV but sadly this was another person.
At this very difficult time our thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Jones.
The Swanage Lifeboat crew searched from Old Harry to Sheps Hollow and around Anvil Point whilst they were on exercise.
Today we hope to deploy to the Zig Zag area of Durlston having concentrated along the Swanage Bay shore line, Ballard and South Beach Studland.
We know that many friends have been out again and remind people to stay safe.
Please contact Dorset Police 01202 222222 or Portland Coastguard should you have any information
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Naturally our thoughts are with the family in what must be a particularly difficult period for them.
A keen eyed local person saw the search team's torches and called 999 to report what they believed to be people in danger on the cliffs. After confirming with the team the local MRCC was able to advise her that it was the Coastguard search unit; naturally she was thanked for what was a well intentioned call. Good to know the community are keeping a watch.
As ever if you’re out and about and see something that concerns you please call. If it turns out to be something that wasn’t and the call was well intentioned then that’s absolutely fine.
Enquires are still on going re Jesse. There is a large following on facebook and other electronic media. We are aware that certain ideas of where to look are being made and friends are carrying out some of these searches.
- Dress correctly, including suitable footwear.
- Ensure you tell someone where you are going and what time you will be back.
- Stay out of culverts, stay off cliffs - please leave these to the emergency services.
- Remember some land is private property
The search units work in teams of two or three and wear full protective gear, helmet, gloves, high vis’ waterproofs and reinforced boots etc. HM Coastguard has supplied high intensity LED torches and headlights for night searches and we have night vision capability if necessary. Everywhere is checked, beach huts - within/under/above, larger rubbish bins, under upturned boats, etc.
The search teams follow an ‘ops normal procedure’ whereby they sign in by VHF radio every 15 minutes with the search controller. The current location of each search team is given along details of the area searched and whether the operations are normal or otherwise. Teams are stood down for rest after 2 hours and then back out; on longer searches the team rotate in order that once a search team are tired and less effective they can be refreshed. Using this procedure a team can search effectively for a full day or more.
Our flank teams like St Albans are crucial and provide further support, typically in a full search scenario a team of 25 persons might deploy to the defined search area in about 30 minutes.
Key to an effective search is to remain safe, organised, methodical and thorough.
Dorset Police have issued a press release regarding Jesse.
Anyone with information regarding Jesse should contact Dorset Police on 01202 222222
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
A Facebook page has been set up to help find Jesse.
Naturally if you have any information please contact Dorset Police on 01202 222 222.
Monday, 21 February 2011
Sunday, 20 February 2011
The hubb@ uses 3G mobile networks to provide high speed WiFi coverage in places where it isn't normally available - such as the Coastguard Station for example. Simply plug in the mains adapter and away you go. For the really keen you can run all your telephones by VOIP thus eliminating any future call costs. And, unlike a dongle, any amount of users can benefit - subject to them knowing the password of course.
Having the station enabled would be one thing, but to a rescue service the real benefits would be out in the field during emergencies. Imagine being out on a search and with a hubb@ in the truck we'd be able to download all the search maps and images of the area. Or, on a bigger scale, a mobile control room with a hubb@ on board and several operatives all on-line receiving and sending back real time data. The possibilities are endless. You could even WiFi enable your yacht, but the Coastguard Service doesn't provides yachts so I guess that won't affect us...
Thanks to our friends at Buzz Networks in Wareham for lending us the trial piece of kit and making me look vaguely technical!
(There are many different types of these devices available on the market)
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Its half term this week and that means more people out and about enjoying the coast. Poor weather is forecast for the start of the week, so if you're thinking of walking the coast path (which is likely to be muddy and slippery), sailing, beachcombing, fishing etc then keep one eye on the tides, one eye on the weather, one eye on the safety of the people in your party and one eye on...... Anyway, well just take care and be safe!
In other eye-related news:
Q: What do you call a fish with no eye?
Q: what do you call a deer with no eye?
A: No idea.
Q: What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs?
A: Still no idea.
Thursday, 17 February 2011
I believe the team passed and are re qualified which is just as well after 24 medical incidents last year.
(for the H&S bods at HQ, he was monitored and could breath throughout this practise, no CRO was harmed whilst making this photo.)
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Should anyone now be thinking of jumping on it, I wouldn't , the chances are the whole lot will now fall off until its repaired.!
Check out this MCA web page about tides.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Monday, 14 February 2011
Early reports are that they are missing 4 cyclists, 3 cars, a Mr Kipling delivery van and two walkers; one with a west highland terrier.
They may let him loose in one of the toll booths next week.
(The question I'm asking myself is ...just how many cherry bakewells did he have before the van accidently fell of the ferry?)
Thankfully for Terry the ferry can only go forwards and backwards and the only major issues are:
Stopping at each end of the chain (or you will find the ferry up at the toll boxes)
Remember to put the ramps down.
Which way to push the lever to make it go forward.
Dodge the thousands of yachts and boats in the summer.
Give way to Barfleur when she comes in and out of the harbour.
Remember to move every 20 minutes
Not to go fishing when things are a little slack.
Of course Terry is not the 1st team member that works on the ferry, our Paul normally works in the toll booth. Any rumours that the whole team will be working on the ferry by August should be discounted.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
MRCC Portland have been dealing with a mine off Weymouth
Scottish Minsters are seeking views if the Coastguard Service (in Scotland) should be devolved to Holyrood.
MRCC Portland deal with capsized kayak off Weymouth
MRCC Portland, Beer Coastguard and Rescue Helicopter locate missing boy.
Saturday, 12 February 2011
So funny yesterday at 14.03 as Austen and Terry arrived on station to do some training ,off went the pagers!
I say cruise ship it’s actually the Sandbanks Ferry.
So from today he’ll be known as ‘Ferry Terry’.
Good Luck Ferry Terry.
Friday, 11 February 2011
|Durlston Country Park looking east towards Anvil Point Lighthouse|
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
The above picture taken just north of Sheps Hollow shows another slip which could cause problems this year. Not only is it still moving, but there is a risk anyone to the north of it (under Ballard) could be cut off at certain tides and then risk climbing up and over the mould and getting stuck. Whilst the top "crust" appears solid, put weight on it and you will sink into the clay (that's why its slipping due to the water content plus other factors).
So if you are out for a walk, check the tides, weather and stay off the cliffs.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
We have over the years been flagged down by the public to help in properties. It also was useful training to work in a tight location.
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Humber Coastguards talking about how vital local knowledge is.
Search in Cumbria called off.
Many many years ago, we kept a log in the mobile to write up details of incidents. Flicking through the pages, I came across this entry which related to a cliff incident at Dancing Ledge.
23 July 1992.....Team members - Aux I/C Ian Surface, I Brown (some young man??) J Smith, M Williamson, D Eggleton, B Smith, J Bentham , J Peto and the SXO - Sector Manager as they are called now.
My handwriting hasn't got any better and what a thought, something I wrote is now in a museum! I also think I have the plastic maroon case fired that day ....
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Back in the 1990's, the Coastguard Service went through a period of time when stations had a clear out and records were thrown away or removed from the station on the orders of senior management.
Imagine throwing out you family photo albums? well that's like getting rid of your station logs!
Thankfully at the time certain team members kept the logs hidden or at home, hoping one day to be allowed to return them. The late Ian Surface was one of these and kept a lot of history which went right back to the start of the service in the town. We are very grateful to his family for passing them back to us for the benefit of town and help keep the history of the station together.
I'm pleased to say the modern Coastguard Service has a different view of Coastguard history and realises the importance of having these documents. Now things have slowed down a bit it has given me time to start looking at it all again.
Readers of our main web site might notice that there is a period of history from 1980 to 1985 missing from our records....."the great clear out covered this time" so I thought it was lost for ever, until i went to the town museum.
David Haysom, was at a local auction house one day and discovered a pile of Coastguard books which he purchased. I can only guess how they ended up there but the importance of these books is it covers the period 1982 to 1988 so by careful reading we should be able to reconstruct some of the history during this period.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Shetland MRCC called out a team in Hurricane force winds.
Falmouth MRCC are assisting Devon & Cornwall Police with a major search at Newquay.
Aberdeen MRCC are watching a floating platform
Some chap found an grenade in Norfolk and took it into a Coastguard Station !
Source of yellow foam continues.
Thursday, 3 February 2011
We will no doubt find that since ordering last September, team members will have "grown" a little (outwards not height wise!) so lets see what will still fit!
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Story on a hoax call, waste time, money and putting lives at risk.
Skipper of fishing boat that ran aground in Scotland fined.
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
- Coastguards in Stornoway lifted 14 crew off a French fishing boat after the vessel hit rocks. One of the larger Coastguard helicopters lifted all the crew in about 45 minutes.
- Newsnight Scotland, "Report on the campaign about the reduction of the Coastguard Service"
- Report about Coastguards in Cornwall
- Houseboat washes up on a beach in Essex