Thursday, 30 June 2011
Again the number of dive incidents increased and sadly it included 12 fatalities.
If you are a diver, take a few minutes to have a read it could make a difference to you and maybe save your life.
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Lets put the record straight.......
The speed limit in the bay is changing, it will when Purbeck District Council finishes its consolation period change to 8 knots. This recommendation comes from the MCA to bring it in line with other areas around the country.
We are NOT aware of any changes to the current buoys and their positions and have supported the area stay as it is to allow all users to enjoy the bay.
The MCA provide the guidelines to be adopted by the relevant Councils however at Swanage Coastguard we go by these simple rules.
We welcome all users to the bay in what ever craft you choose to use.
We ask that you use that craft in a responsible manner and respect others.
We ask you take care and respect the current 5 knots when in that area.
You keep a sharp look out for swimmers and other users.
You carry the correct safety equipment and know how to use it.
You are aware of other users in the bay and assist them if they need help.
We all work together to ensure Swanage stays the nice and safe place it is.
Monday, 27 June 2011
This request then developed to "could I do the talk? " then "there will only be about 20 of them"
To try to get on my good side, Eric thought he would do a bit of sweeping in the garage....only to be caught trying to hide the mess under a kayak!
So the coach pulled up and then a mini bus load of Soldiers turned up - about 60 of them!
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Saturday, 25 June 2011
A member of the public had called Portland Coastguard concerned about a family member who hadn't turned up after a day on the water. It was believed they had left Swanage and were heading to Portland.
The Swanage IRT were tasked to make enquiries and 1st stop was the NCI lookout at Peveril (thanks to the Station Manager who kindly turned up so we could check the log book). We found the kayak had left Swanage around 10.00 but just as we were relaying this information Rescue 106 who had just finished searching for the diver spotted the craft off Anvil Point.
St Albans IRT had also been tasked to search around St Albans head so both mobiles got in a position to monitor the situation. As we arrived the kayaker was in the water and the winchman was being lowered down to airlift the casualty.
This of course left the kayak in the water and to avoid any further enquiries from the public Swanage Lifeboat and ILB who were being tasked to search for the casualty collected it and brought it ashore.
It always a good idea to tell someone where you are going and what time you will be back. Ensure you carry the proper equipment, like a VHF radio or flares.
After 4 hours the diver had made it ashore and was spotted by a vessel assisting in the search.
The diver had seen the search units but was unable to attract their attention.
As you will read in the MCA news report on the link above, Coastguard recommend bright coloured suits and a device to attract attention when in difficulty.
Friday, 24 June 2011
Things have changed a little, cliff top safety in place? How about the safety zone?
Whats interesting is that there is at least 12 people in the photo so who is using the winch at the top of the cliff? It appears the whole team is on the cliff edge?
I guess in 30 years time people will look at our photos and think how things have changed !
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
The team were paged at 9.20 for a 9.30 briefing at the Coastguard Station. The team reviewed the search carried out yesterday, liaising with both Portland Coastguard and Dorset Police.
It was decided to put search teams in to search around Ballard to concentrate around any wooded area. Search teams were joined by the Dorset Police helicopter who commenced a search in Studland. Sadly around 10.30 the helicopter located a body at the base of cliffs. Due to the location we requested assistance from both the Swanage Lifeboats.
Our thoughts are with the family.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
The Coastguard team were stood down at last light and will if tasked, resume the search tomorrow.
Monday, 20 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
We were very impressed at how well it floated, ..so were the customers at the Ocean Bay restaurant who were heard to comment “Blimey, that line has floated an awful long way!”. Indeed it had.
That red bag started to appear smaller and smaller. Austen offered to rescue it but given it was half a mile off shore we decided it wasn't worth the risk...
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Saturday, 18 June 2011
Friday, 17 June 2011
We don't actually get a dry suit for the real rescue work however for training we were allowed to borrow Rob's (Sector Managers) suit.
The 1st part of the training was, can you fit a DSO into the suit.
At this stage it did remind me of the Carnival Sumo race we entered a couple of years ago!
We very nearly recorded our 51st incident last night, but more of that another time.
Whatever you are up to this weekend, be safe; the weather forecast for Swanage isn't great I'm afraid.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
The station doesnt run itself, there is training to arrange, issues to resolve and meetings to attend. Im pleased to say that the breakfast took longer to eat than the issues took to resolve!
Monday, 13 June 2011
Ensure you know the weather conditions, and set your anchor correctly.
Once the boat had drifted out to deeper water it was off and across the shipping lane, thankfully no damage was caused to anyone and Poole ILB soon had the situation under control.
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Swanage ILB launched and was soon along side to resolve the issue - a rope around the rudder? Something broken?
Er no, the auto helm was switched on, the ILB turned it off and hey presto job done.
So efficient were the lifeboat crew the IRT had not even managed to get to Old Harry to observe the situation.
From your lifejacket to your boat....make sure you know how things work
Friday, 10 June 2011
This sounds a really good initiative, so get yourself properly kitted up with lifejackets, take some water etc and get down and take a look. And its probably worth doing sooner rather than later, as I hear the white marker lines they've painted on the sea bed keep getting washed away.
More info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-13685401
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Thankfully no fish have been lost however its been near as the filter keeps getting bunged up.
Its not just rescue work when your a team member.
So sorry for the lack of blogs this week, all the blogger's have been away, business as usual by the weekend.
Monday, 6 June 2011
After a few minutes chasing about the deer was returned to safer ground.
Its not the 1st time the lifeboat (and on previous occassions the Coastguard team) have been called to rescue deer.
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Just noticed that later this evening on BBC Parliament (Freeview ch81) is the critically acclaimed "Coastguard Committee"; recorded highlights of the transport select committee's session on the coastguard restructure from 24 May.
Essential Sunday evening viewing...!
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Rescue 106 lifted 3 divers in total and flew them to Poole for treatment at the decompression unit close to Poole hospital.
We have heard the 1st diver will spend about six hours in the "pot" following his incident.
http://www.swanagelifeboat.org.uk/ - Video taken from Swanage ILB
The sun is slowly coming up although there is quite a strong breeze in the bay.
The last two days has seen the beach very busy so get down early to avoid disappointment. Remember (unlike someone yesterday) to apply the sun cream - this will help avoid the "lobster" look on Sunday morning.
The Swanage Sea rowing club are holding an event this weekend in the town, so if you wish to see some traditional gigs, pop on down to the sea front to watch events.
Friday, 3 June 2011
During the incident at Corfe Castle we were packing up the kit and suddenly we found that Eric had a new talent.......blanket folding.
Not just a normal blanket fold, but all corners met, in fact if we had an iron he would have got the creases out.
So any hotel out there wanting their blankets folded, Eric is your man.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
The new manual explains how to set up the equipment and then includes a knowledge check.
The equipment was stowed away and then a team debrief watching a super sun set.
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
All our 1st aid kits have had a major review, tidy and restock. Over 40 incidents last year involved some form of 1st aid so the kits have to be kept up to date.
The next task is the back of the truck (again!) A little reorganisation to allow the new pyrotechnic container to go in .....more on this on another blog.