Sunday, 23 April 2017

Patrol tasked to Shell Bay





Saturday's patrol were diverted to Shell Bay to assist South Western Ambulance.

A male had dislocated his ankle on the beach and required assistance to get to the ambulance.

The full team were tasked to Studland to assist with the incident.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Take care on cliffs

Despite putting a warning out of the dangers of cliffs , this photo was taken last week at Old Harry.




The person in this photo is stood on a cliff less than a foot wide. It's not a foot path and a slip or trip could have ended with a serious injury.




These warnings are for a reason

Monday, 17 April 2017

Patrol provide first aid




The Easter Sunday's patrol were flagged down whilst at Knoll Beach and provided some first aid.

A young female had received a small head injury which required some treatment and advice by the volunteer Rescue Officers.

All around the Coast, patrols take place to ensure the safety of the community. HM Coastguard is a Cat 1 emergency responder just the same as the Police , Ambulance and Fire.

#999 Coastguard

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Cliff edges





Today's patrol witnessed some very near misses with people stood on the edge of cliffs.

In some cases there wasn't a great deal underneath where people stood.

Please take a few steps back , it only takes a slip.

# 999Coastguard

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

We are prepared, are you ?


The Easter holidays are on the way..........

The volunteer teams are on standby 24/7 to assist when called along with our colleagues in the National Maritime Operations Centre ,  RNLI and helicopter crews.

We are ready,  are you ?

Have you had your boat checked and serviced?

Do you have lifejackets ?

Have you a way to contact the Coastguard in an emergency ?

Mobile phones don't always work on the coast

Do you have the right clothing ?

Check the weather and tides

#999 Coastguard ......... on the Coast and out to sea.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Making easy access

On a recommendation from us the District Council have removed part of the gyones at the North end of the bay.


The Landslip is still active and our advice is to keep away from the base of the cliffs.


#999 Coastguard

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Paraglider lands in the water

The patrol on Saturday along with Swanage RNLI ILB and Rescue 106 were tasked to Ballard Point to a report of a Paraglider landing in the water.

Rescue 106 arrived and confirmed the male had managed to get ashore and into a cave near to Ballard Point. Swanage RNLI ILB arrived and picked up the man and his equipment returning him to the Lifeboat station.

The Coastguard Patrol originally tasked to Ballard , returned to the lifeboat station to discover the events leading to the Paraglider ending in the water.

With no injuries all rescue assets returned to their stations.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Back in 1979





The above photo recently appeared on the Coastguard Association website highlighting our history and rescues. They have kindly agreed that we could use it on our blog.

One of the team brought it in so off we went to look in the archives.

We actually think this rescue occurred on the 16th June 1979 , two climbers were involved and one was sadly badly injured.

The helicopter ( a Wessex) was from Lee on Solent and the photo was taken from the Swanage Lifeboat.

A trip to the new Swanage lifeboat station found the old casualty board which again confirmed the date of the incident.




38 years later the volunteers of the Coastguard and lifeboat regularly attend climbing incidents between Anvil Point and Dancing Ledge

#999 Coastguard

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Training on the Downs




Training on the Downs tonight.

The team enjoying the lighter nights and out doing the basic rope set up.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Lining Up




Before we can use a new rope it has to be soaked and dried.

The line number is recorded in several places and then sealed in a rope bag before use.

The above line is 250 metres long.


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Listen to the advice

Despite our warning on Friday , we were sad to hear via social media that a group of youths were cut off by the tide on Friday night.

Thankfully the group were all safe after wading through the water to get home.

In a coastal emergency 999 Coastguard.


Meanwhile in other news , two off duty Coastguards went to the aid of a 97 year old who managed to tip his mobility scooter over at Swanage railway station this morning.

Having righted the scooter the male was assisted back onto firm ground.

#neveroffduty

Friday, 31 March 2017

Check the tides

If you are going for a walk on the beach this weekend , please check the tides.

This was at Sheps Hollow and with the recent cliff falls there is a risk of being cut off by the tide.



#999coastguard

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Climber in fall at Anvil Point




The Swanage team were tasked this afternoon to a report of a climber that had been injured at Anvil Point.

The male climber from Hampshire had fallen 3 to 4 metres injuring his face but managed to get to the top of the cliff before calling for assistance.

The team arrived and provided first aid for facial and neck injuries until paramedics from Southwestern Ambulance arrived.

The male has been conveyed to Poole hospital for further checks and treatment.

Friday, 24 March 2017

'Clean' Mud Training, part 2

More photos from Thursday's mud rescue training with our colleagues from Poole.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Mystery at Days Park

A face book post suddenly appeared this evening asking what was going on in Days Park ( next to the football club).

Well we would like to reassure everyone that it was a training exercise involving the Swanage and Poole Coastguard teams.




What the teams were practising was a mud rescue. The Poole team are the area mud rescue team with members of the Swanage team able to assist if required.

The set up in the park enabled us to lay all the equipment out in the slightly safer and less muddier conditions that Poole Harbour has to offer.

Thanks to the Poole team for coming over tonight.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Rescue 106





Rescue 106 lands on at Headbury quarry on Sunday.

Photo sent in by Adam who was out cycling with his dad.




Sunday, 19 March 2017

Climber falls at Headbury

The team were tasked to back up St Albans Coastguard at Headbury Quarry west of Dancing Ledge.

A climber had fallen whilst climbing and hit the cliff face, injuring her leg.

The teams assisted the paramedic winchman and South Western Ambulance paramedic with the female climber before carrying her to the waiting aircraft.



Rescue 106 from Portland landed in the quarry.


Coastguard Rescue Officers guided by the winchman to the waiting aircraft - photos by the Field Family.

As the helicopter was waiting for the casualty , the crew spotted two further climbers who may have been in difficulty.

A further team were sent to investigate with both Coastguard teams searching from Hedbury quarry to Blackers Hole with nothing found.

Having completed the search the team were then asked to check for a yacht in Swanage bay.
The yacht had been towed to Swanage last week by the lifeboat and was reported as leaving. Contact has been lost with the owner and the Coastguard wanted to ensure all was ok.
The bay was checked with no sign of the yacht.

Is your Dog under Control?

One of the great things about living at the coast or visiting the area is the range of possibilities for taking your dog for a really long walk or run.

But please make sure you both come back safe.

Around this time of year we are often called to reports of dogs over cliffs, usually because they've chased a bird or young rabbit towards the edge and always because they haven't been on a lead.

Always keep your dog on a lead on or near cliff edges and if your dog does go over, don't be tempted to try and Rescue it yourself - you'll only put yourself in danger. Remember 999 Coastguard.

If you are on the beaches in the area you must keep your dog under control. Restrictions on leads vary from beach to beach in Studland and Swanage as well as seasonal variations. Some local beaches forbid dogs totally in the summer - please check.

And even off the lead, your dog must still be under control.   You might think it's being friendly,  but not everyone appreciates or is even comfortable with a random dog bounding up to them and leaping up, even if it's only saying hello!

If you do have concerns about dogs out of control at beaches, speak to the National Trust rangers at Studland or the Town Council Dog Warden at Swanage.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Mud and response times




The incidents over the weekend were mainly caused by the mud and people slipping over.

The mud also caused some issues getting to and from the incident especially for our colleagues on their return journey.

From the moment the pagers were activated, the volunteers coastguard teams rolled off the station in nine minutes.
That's including travelling to the station kitting up and proceeding.

It took us a further quarter of an hour to get to the injured person and this was as we had to leave the vehicles parked and went on foot due to the ground conditions.

Using a specialist vehicle from the National Trust the recovery of the injured male and equipment was greatly sped up and a lot safer

Ground condition at the moment are very wet so please take care if out walking.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Our Thoughts are with the Irish Coastguard

HM Coastguard has paid tribute to the four helicopter crew, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, Captain Mark Duffy and Winchmen Paul Ormsby and CiarĂ¡n Smith, who were tragically lost in the line of duty yesterday.





Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Night call out





The team were called last night to a report of a white flashing light under Ballard.

On arrival at Sheps Hollow the team could see a large yacht at anchor just off shore.

The yacht was monitored and The UK Coastguard tried to contact the yacht via VHF radio to ensure all was well.

With no further sign of a problem and no sign of a further flashing light , the team were stood down.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Training counts




Yesterday the team headed up to Durlston and exercised in a difficult location by the view point.

We have to balance the sensitive environmental location with ensuring we can set up should an incident happen.

Whilst we normally use stake holdfasts , yesterday we looked at urban and nature holdfasts ( trees for example).

We hadn't quite finished when our first call came in and we had to pack up quickly.




Sunday, 12 March 2017

Another Slip and a possible sunken boat

The team were out training this morning at Durlston when a call came in from the National Maritime Operations Centre requesting the team proceed to the Downs to assist South Western Ambulance.

Within five minutes the first team members arrived to find an ambulance crew tending to a male with a dislocated ankle.

In an almost rerun of yesterday's incident the rest of the team arrived with a stretcher and soon were carrying the patient to the ambulance. Thankfully compared to yesterday's incident the distance was in metres not over half a mile.

Just as the team had completed the stretcher lift , the team were requested to proceed to Old Harry Rocks and a report of a vessel aground.

The team split up with some going to Old Harry and the others to the NCI lookout.
On arrival at the lookout the team could see a dark object in the water and waited to get a team above to confirm what it was.

The team arrived at the top of the cliff and confirmed it was a large rock.




A quick debrief over "brunch" and the volunteers returned to station for an hours cleaning duties.

#beingavolunteer

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Teams called to Dancing Ledge

Both the Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were called to the coastal footpath above Dancing Ledge this afternoon.

A 65 year old male walking with friends slipped and fell on very wet ground breaking his ankle.

The ambulance service sent the air ambulance but due to the fog, the aircraft was unable to get near.

A specialist ambulance team were deployed from Exeter to assist and requested assistance from the Coastguard whilst on route.

The ground conditions were very wet so the teams had to walk to the location.

First aid was given and with a specialist vehicle from the National Trust which one of the St Albans Team had access too, the male was brought to Acton near Langton to meet the ambulance.




Swanage and St Albans Coastguard Rescue Teams, stabilise and extract the fallen walker at Dancing Ledge.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Diesel Spill




Coastguard Officers were called this morning to a strong diesel smell at the North end of the bay.

On investigation, the source appeared to be from the stream at Sheps Hollow where the smell was the strongest.

The relevant authorities were advised and following enquiries the Environment Agency have located a leaking fuel tank.

As a precaution, we would advise dog walkers not to let their dogs drink from the stream at Sheps Hollow.

We would also advise to stay out of the sea and follow advice on warning signs.

The stream at Sheps Hollow is between groynes 17 and 18.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Woman's Day

Today was International Woman's day.

Our lady volunteer team members are available 24/7 , 365 days a year.

#999Coastguard









Sunday, 5 March 2017

We don't just do water

Just as the Station Officer headed home after a Coastguard patrol, the air ambulance landed in King George's Field.

Knowing the paramedics would need to get to an incident an offer of a lift was gratefully accepted and with the help of the Council Enforcement Officer the theee Paramedics where taken into town.




The Dorset and Somerset air ambulance in a soggy King Georges Field.

Being a Coastguard volunteer supports the community in many ways.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Are you on firm ground ?

Are you going for a coastal walk this weekend ?

When you stop and look out to sea do you stand on the edge ?

Have you considered what your standing on or in some cases not !

Cliff overhangs are common and our advice is to stay some distance from the edge and look at the view.


Never go off official paths to get to a beach , you may get stuck.



We want your visit to be remembered for the right reasons.

Stay away from cliff edges.

#999Coastguard

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Helicopter Action

A snapshot of Search and Rescue Helicopter activity in the last quarter of 2016.  

Incidents at Swanage included a lady with a broken collarbone and another with a damaged skull after a fall.

We worked with helicopters from both Portland and Lee on Solent during the period as well as the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.   The base at Portland is due to close later this year, whilst Lee on Solent will be losing its AW139 in favour of a new, larger AW189.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017

Dinghy update




No further information has been received today regarding the dinghy found off Old Harry Rocks.

No one has been reported missing.

Enquiries will continue to discover how the dinghy was moved into the water.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Can you help?

Throughout the day the Coastguard team have been making enquiries into the dinghy found off Old Harry Rocks this morning.




We know it came from the sailing club at Swanage and is used by members at the club.
It can be seen on CCTV at nightfall on Saturday 25th but was missing at day break on Sunday 26th.

No one has been reported missing to either the Police or UK Coastguard.

The dinghy would have had to be moved and with the personal items located in the dinghy the Coastguard wants to ensure no one fell overboard.

This afternoon the Coastguard checked beaches along with Rescue 106.

If anyone has any information to how the dinghy got in the water please contact the Coastguard.

We just want to may sure no one is missing and bring a mystery to a close.

Please call 999 Coastguard with any information relating to this incident


Early start

The team had an early call on a Sunday for a dinghy found off Old Harry.

A local boat towed it back to Swanage where enquiries began who the owner was.

With a concern that someone may have been in the boat , Swanage RNLI ILB launched to take it off a mooring and bring it ashore.





Currently enquires are on going to how it ended off Old Harry.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Finally back to business





So finally it was back to proper business of accident prevention and search and rescue.

It wasn't long before the team monitored a double kayak off Knoll Beach struggling in the strong off shore wind.
Thankfully the two males made it ashore safely but we offered some advice as they had no means of raising assistance if they got in trouble.

Heading back to Swanage the team then came across a broken down car in a dangerous location.
The car was being pushed to a safer location and not wishing to leave the occupants including a baby the team took them then home to allow the car to be recovered later.

#helpingthecommunity


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Where have we gone?

We can only apologise for the lack of blogs in the last couple of weeks .

Far from being quite the volunteers are actually really busy.

As with many teams in the UK at present there is a massive amount of work being done on stations.

The Station Officer and Deputy attended an Army engagement event at Bovington last night and flew the Coastguard flag.

Kerry represented the team today at the Beach Management meeting in Swanage and all this around the team members day jobs.

We can assure readers that the team is operational and normal blogs will return very soon.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Time and Tide waits for no man




We often get asked for advice around the tides and if you can walk to certain places at low tide.

We would never recommend anyone to walk anywhere that is covered by water. The main reason is that we can never guarantee what the tide and more importantly the conditions will do.

Wind, high or low pressures and weather all have an affect on the tides. Add in slippery rocks and no escape route and its a possible invite to meet your local coastguard team.

It may be an adventure , don't put yourself or others in danger stay to normal footpaths and observe safety signs.

#999 Coastguard

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Another weight off our minds

So another task the teams have been asked to carry out is to have the vehicles weighed.

So off we went to our local weigh-bridge to ensure we aren't over weight ( the vehicle not the volunteers)

Thanks to the staff of Ideal Skip Hire who must have been kept amused by a couple of volunteer Coastguards weighing themselves as well as the vehicle.







#itsnotjustSAR

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Flying Visit

The CG rescue helicopter from Lee On Solent visited Swanage yesterday in order to give the lifeboat crew a chance to look through it and to  understand the medical and lifesaving equipment it carries.
Just as we work closely with the lifeboats, so does the helicopter but because of the nature of the incidents there's never time to stop and talk. Hence a visit such as yesterday's where there's no casualty and no urgency is invaluable.
 
The Coastguard volunteers first  prepared the Peveril Point landing site and gave the all clear for the helicopter to land, and whilst the lifeboat crew looked round the helicopter, the team chatted to the flight crew - which usually consists of a minimum of a pilot and co-pilot, a paramedic winchman and a winch operator.
 
 
Afterwards there was time for a quick photo with the crew before they headed back to Hampshire.
 

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Behind the Scenes

Being a member of the Coastguard Rescue Service isn't just about being on the front line in searches and rescues - there's a lot goes on behind the scenes too.

We often show you pictures of our training sessions and kit nights and these happen regularly every month.  But we rarely mention the record keeping and audit trail that goes with every piece of kit we use, with every training session we undertake, with every rescue we perform and indeed with every visit we make to the station.

To ensure uniformity and traceability right across the country, all record keeping must be to the same spec - on the correct forms, with the correct issue number and correct branding, all entries in the station log must show precise details and be written in the correct colour pen - red, green, blue or black - according to the rank of the writer and/or the nature of entry  (routine visit or a SAR tasking).
The equipment manifests must show the serial numbers of every piece of equipment we carry as well as dates of issue and life expectancy. The equipment is also listed on an Operational Readiness checklist which has to show exactly where each piece of equipment is kept  - and if it is in the vehicle, whereabouts in the vehicle (which box or bag number and location eg the Nearside or Offside of the luggage area).
Once checked, most of the rope rescue equipment is stowed in a secure bag; the bag has to be tied in a particular way with a particular knot and a security tag threaded through in a particlar way and initialed and dated. Water rescue equipment isn't bagged and tagged, but its location has to be recorded still in the Operational Readiness checklist.

The team has used this quieter time of the year to double check that we are following the national standard for record keeping; the volunteers have spent many many hours since the New Year checking data entries and pen colours, cross referencing dates, checking that documents have been printed on the correct issue paperwork within approved brand guidelines and generally having a Spring Clean of anything that doesn't fit with the nationally approved systems.

In addition to this behind the scenes admin, we've also managed to attend four incidents in that period - including a person over the cliff at Old Harry and a large multi agency search at Studland - as well as continued liaison with local stakeholders and agencies regarding the slip at Sheps Hollow, five training sessions and a kit check night.  Oh, and all go to our full time jobs in between times!

So yes - being part of the team is about Search and Rescue but there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes too.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

A Tale of Two Ians

We were joined at training tonight by Ian Welsh, one of our CG colleagues from Kimmeridge who, along with our own Ian, has been rolling out some practical first aid sessions to the teams across the sector.
The scenarios we played out included the extraction of a casualty who had fallen through a roof and needed removing from under a pile of debris and a couple of individuals who had suddenly collapsed in a confined space and who were both unresponsive.
Thanks to Ian and Ian for running the session and to Sophie for being our casualty

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Team requested to put signage up

The team headed out this afternoon to put warning signs up at Sheps Hollow.

There is a lot of considerations made before we put signage out along with discussions with partner agencies.

Too much signage and its ignored, no signage and people are put at risk.

Some years ago we rescued 3 people who had got stuck in mud flows and the cliff at Sheps Hollow could see the same situation.




The clay is very soft with a risk of people or small dogs getting stuck.


A fair amount could still come down , mixed with high tides can create very soft sand.


The beach remains open but with a warning that there could be areas of soft sand and clay.

Coastal emergencies - 999 Coastguard.