Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Community Defibrillator goes into service.

On the 7th October 2004 , Mike "Spike" Williamson collapsed and died in the town despite the efforts of Paramedics.

Spike was the assistant pier master and a valued member of the Coastguard team for 30 years.

In memory of Spike a community project to provide a defibrillator finally was realised and went into service on Saturday.

The device was provided via the De Moulham Trust which provides funding for community projects which directly benefit the community of Swanage.

The trustees felt this project fitted the values of the trust and provided funding for two devices along with a local business which provided a training device.

HM Coastguard very kindly agreed to the siting of the device on the Coastguard building in North Beach Car Park off De Moulham Road. The siting at this location was choose to cover the North end of Swanage.

At the start of the month South Western Ambulance officially approved the device and most importantly added it to their system so the public would be given access to the code to open the box in an emergency.

In an emergency that may require the device, it is really important to call 999 and ask for the Ambulance.

There are full instructions next to the cabinet but these will be given by the Ambulance if you call 999.

There are further devices at

Tourist Information Centre Shore Road Swanage ( Inside)

Masonic Lodge Marshal Row Swanage

A further device is now being sought for Station Road in Swanage.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

999 Coastguard - Every Second Counts

Know who to call when you're in trouble at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

50% of the UK public don't know who to call in an emergency at the coast or at sea. Every second counts in search and rescue so be sure you ask for the Coastguard when you see someone in trouble or you need help at the coast.  

Don't become a statistic. 

Last year we dealt we dealt with over 19,000 incidents around the coast and at sea. There are over 3,400 coastguards around the UK coastline on call at a moments notice to come to your rescue.  

Coastguards can also call on the other emergency services and emergency responders including lifeboats for help.

Remember to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you see someone in trouble at sea or at the coast, and make sure those with you know as well.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Climber airlifted from Guillemot Ledge

The Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams along with Rescue 106 were tasked to Guillemot Ledge just after 6pm.

A climber had been stuck on the head by a rock dislodged by his climbing partner. The climber then fell into a small crevice and was treated to start with by other climbers in the area.

Rescue 106 lowered their winch-man to treat the climber whilst the Coastguard teams set up their equipment. With head and hip injuries the climber was flown to Dorchester Hospital whilst the Coastguard teams stood by whilst the other climbers climbed back to the top of the cliffs.

Roger gets a lift

The team were very lucky to visit the helicopter base at Portland to have a training input by the crew of 106.

We work closely with the helicopter and it was nice to speak to the crew in a quiet and safe environment rather than the noise and difficult working situation we often find ourselves in.

We got some instruction by Steve and Buck on loading and the equipment carried on the aircraft which is a serious medical asset to the local area.

Roger kindly showed us the lifting capability of the winch and actually should you need to be rescued, how uncomfortable the rescue strop may be.

Our thanks to CHC, especially the crew for giving up a valued few hours.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Portland SAR Flight

Last night the team took a trip down to the Search and Rescue (SAR) Flight at Portland to discuss operating procedures and be shown the medical kit that Coastguard 106 carries.

Lots of photos in the next few days.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Seven led to safety at high tide

A team of 3 Coastguard Rescue Officers lead the group to safety with a rising tide.

Swanage RNLI had escorted the group from under Ballard to start with.

Check your tide times.