Thursday, 23 November 2017

Search for Gaia

In the last two weeks volunteer Coastguards joined emergency service colleagues, volunteer search teams and the public in the search for Gaia.

Coastguards from many stations across Dorset came and provided additional support here at Swanage with the searches.

It's been difficult for us all but where there are no words , please know the silences are carrying the thoughts of all of you.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Diver in distress

Shortly after returning from the major search the team were paged to a report of a diver in distress under Swanage Pier.

An off duty St Albans Coastguard heard a diver in possible distress being taken on a strong current.

The team arrived to find the male ashore but rather cold.
An ambulance arrived and treated the male which released the Coastguard back to the station.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Search Update

For the last 24 hours , Dorset Police again requested assistance in the search for Gaia Pope.

Today Volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers from several Dorset Coastguard stations deployed to assist in the search.

Joined by colleagues from DorSAR , Dog units, Dorset and Wilts Fire and Rescue a full multi agency search was conducted at the direction of Dorset Police.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Search - Coastguard update

Swanage and St Albans Coastguard Rescue Teams, alongside Dorset Police and members of the public have extensively searched the Swanage area for the missing teenager, Gaia Pope.

Dorset Police are now concentrating their search efforts inland and the teams have been stood down.

There are no plans to resume searching the coast and shorelines unless HM Coastguard is instructed to do so by Dorset Police.

We would ask members of public who are continuing or considering joining the search, to not take unnecessary risks or place themselves in danger along the coast

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A Good Read

The eagle-eyed Station Officer spotted this letter in the local newspaper this week.
It's always good to hear reports of a job well done and we are pleased to hear the lady is making a good recovery.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Gaia Pope : the Search Continues

The team were out yesterday and have been out again this morning checking routes,tracks and access points along the coastline.  We'll be back out this afternoon, and again tomorrow.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Search Update

Volunteers Coastguards continued to support Dorset Police from 20.00 until midnight working along side DorSAR.

The teams have now been stood down by Dorset Police.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Missing Teenager - Search Update

Both Swanage and St Albans Coastguard Teams have been searching this afternoon for the missing teenager Gaia Pope.

Fifteen Coastguard volunteers conducted a thorough search from Peveril Point and the Downs up the coast path and undercliff to Durlston and from there up to Anvil Point and onto Dancing Ledge.

After over six hours the teams were stood down by the Police and have returned to base to eat and rest and await further instructions.

We understand that members of the public  are continuing to search this evening and we would urge you to take great care and please stay away from cliff edges, coast paths etc. These areas have been thoroughly searched today and nobody wants to see further missing persons or injuries etc as a result of searching unfamiliar terrain in the dark.

To repeat: the coastal areas from Peveril Point to Dancing Ledge have all been checked this afternoon.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Training counts

Coastguard teams regularly train to maintain their competencies and practice in different locations and conditions

On Sunday afternoon the team headed out to Old Harry Rocks to practise a rope rescue.

A low tide enabled a safe area at the base of the cliff.

The face of the cliff was very loose and slippery to get to the casualty who had slipped down the 90ft cliff

The first technician arrived and treated the casualty requesting further assistance.

Down came a further two team members to assist.

The casualty was placed on the stretcher.

The casualty being lifted back to the top of the cliff.

The team at the top worked hard to carry out several descents and lifts.

It's all about being a volunteer Coastguard, how do you spend your Sunday's?

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Team tasked to Sheps Hollow

At 8.50 the alerting system requested the team attend a person cut off by the tide at Sheps Hollow.

Along with colleagues from the RNLI ILB the team arrived and started to search from Ballard to the Bull and Boat.

The team spoke to several people but no one had seen this male.
Speaking to the 1st informant it was confirmed the location of the last sighting which was checked so it's presume the person had managed to reach safety before the rescue assets arrived.

Swanage RNLI ILB searching

The high tide North of Sheps Hollow

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Multi-Agency Working

The team was tasked on Saturday afternoon to assist SW Ambulance with an elderly lady that had slipped on some sloping ground at Durlston.

Suspecting a broken leg, the ambulance crew had requested Coastguard assistance to transfer the lady from the point where she'd slipped to the safety of the ambulance parked on the hardstanding.

Our friends from Dorset Police also attended, making a proper team effort.

We wish the lady a speedy recovery.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Search assistance

The team were tasked at 5.15 on Tuesday morning to assist Police with a search for a male at Durlston.

The search was expanded just before 8am with St Albans Coastguard , DORSAR and both Swanage RNLI Lifeboats.

Search teams were stood down around 9.30 when Police located the missing male in the town.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Holding Back the Waves

Well not quite,  but this incredible set of photos shows how the team huddle together to collectively wade through waves and swell which would otherwise knock a single person over.

On the nearside, the group has formed a 'wedge' to protect the casualty (in the light yellow with white helmet) from the power of the tide. The group on the far side have a floating stretcher and are ready to load the causalty aboard.

As you scroll through the photos, notice how the large wave breaks right over the group, but the stance they have adopted not only keeps the team upright, but protects the causalty from being swept away too.

Photos taken during our Water Rescue Training on Sunday.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Water Rescue Training

The team took advantage of a beautiful sunny morning and some choppy seas today to practice water rescue techniques in the breaking waves.

We used the 'wedge' and the 'huddle' to maintain stability in the swell and practiced causalty recovery by both floating stretcher and by rope following a tethered swim by the rescuer

After a really good morning's work, our SCOO gave us the good news that he had seen us demonstrate all the competencies required to revalidate the team in Water Rescue for three more years.

Thanks to Hellie Ridler for the photos.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Brian arrived

The patrol headed out this morning to monitor the high tide and the arrival of Brian.

Stone Quay

Studland - Knoll Beach

Anvil Point

Durlston Bay

Friday, 20 October 2017

Brian is on the way

The Met Office has issued a weather warning and named the storm 'Brian'

04:00 on Saturday until 23:59 on Saturday
A spell of strong southwesterly winds is expected. Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties. Some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. Short term loss of power and other services is also possible.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Portuguese Man of War washed up

A number of objects which appear to be Portuguese Man of War jellyfish have been washed up at Ocean Bay this afternoon and we are advising swimmers and walkers - including pets being walked - to take care.
Large numbers of these have been appearing along the South Coast in recent weeks and today seems to be Swanage's turn.
The Portuguese Man of War has a very painful sting and potentially fatal venom.

The photos below were taken between Groynes 6 and 7 but please take care all along the beach.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

On Patrol

Coastguards SW06 and SW07 photographed on patrol on Ballard Down this afternoon, courtesy of a passing cyclist.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Sunny Morning

It's a beautiful Autumn morning in Purbeck as these photos show - taken by Coastguard Austen at Studland earlier. 

If you're out and about on the Coast today, have a great day and stay safe.
Keep an eye on the tides and watch out for slippery footpaths if you're walking.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Pride of Britain

We thought we should share the good news that one of the team has reached the regional finals of ITV's Pride of Britain Award.

Station Officer Ian Brown was nominated earlier this year and is one of four finalist that will be featured this week on ITV Meridians News at 6pm.

The nomination by Peter Wakefield is for the voluntary work carried out in the last two years on the Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership

Working with four others at the start , the project set out to provide four Defibrillators in the community however it's slightly exceed expectations providing twenty devices thanks to the massive public support.

The partnership has grown and has nearly twenty volunteers assisting in maintaining and the education of their use in an emergency.

The programme will also feature Ian's other voluntary work in the Coastguard which has spanned 26 years of service.

Ian said " on behalf of the partnership and Coastguard I am very proud to have been nominated for such a special award.
I am very lucky to work with quite a few equally minded people who achieve so much in the community"

ITV Meridian News 6pm to 6.30pm