Monday, 5 October 2015

Flare on the beach

The team were tasked this afternoon to a report of a flare washed up on the beach at Studland.

A pen is used as a 'gauge' to show the EOD Team the size of the item

A detailed check was carried out as the type of flare couldn't be identified.

Having liaised with an EOD Team the item was transported to the flare collection point at Poole which is at the RNLI college for the Dorset area.


'If you want to hand over time-expired pyrotechnics, like distress flares, for safe disposal you must contact your nearest centre to make an appointment.
RNLI Security Gatehouse
Corner of West Quay Road and Slip Way
BH15 1HZ
Telephone: 01202 336336

Open: Monday–Sunday; 1000–1130 and 1400–1600

Please note they only accept pyrotechnics from recreational water users and disposal is by appointment only so please phone in advance.

When you phone, please be ready to give details of the type, quantity, age and condition of your time-expired pyrotechnics.

It is an offence to dispose of flares at sea or in the general refuse, or to let flares off in a non-distress situation.' (Poole-RNLI)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Dolphins are regular visitors to Swanage. They are highly intelligent animals, sensitive to disturbance but can easily be hit.

Dolphin and Calf off Durlston March 2011
Photo: Julian Sawyer

More recent photographs can be found on Julian's Blog - Purbeck Footprints.

If dolphins approach your craft or bowride, maintain a slow speed and course until clear. Dolphins should never be chased or harassed in an attempt to make them bowride. If you are going out on the water, please follow these simple guidelines:-

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, (as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000) it is an offence to kill or injure cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) or to disturb cetaceans. To do so intentionally or recklessly may result in prosecution. To report such incidents to the Police Marine Section call 101.

If you do see some why not log them online for the Durlston Marine Project .

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Lego Coastguard

Coastguard Bravo was sent this photo of the Coastguard Station at Legoland.

It appears that a watch is being maintained

...although it does appear that a child has been eaten by a shark.

Credit: N Sharpe

Looks like he should do some more training at Lego Coastguard School.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

A pipe , a yacht and an upturned kayak

A mystery item in the cliff had the team paged to investigate.

The possible ordnance had turned up near to Sheps Hollow , thankfully both Steve and Roger quickly identified it as a clay pipe - part of an old drainage system.

Thankfully it was a good call by the member of the public who reported it.

The patrol then went out and monitoring the Coastguard channel heard that there was a possible yacht aground at the entrance to Poole harbour. Being in Studland they proceeded and confirmed the location for the NMOC.

Having just packed away the whole team were paged for a report of a upturned kayak off Ocean Bay, thankfully several members of the team confirmed this was moored and had been there for a while. The team were stood down.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Another form of transport

Having realised the Land Rover wasn't going to fit in the garage and that step up was just too big for some of us - we returned the keys.

We carried on and spoke to some amazing mountain rescue and cave rescue teams that span the country.

Kerry discovered a mountain bike and now wants to set up a Coastguard Bike Response Team.

Roger wasn't quite so sure about that saddle.

So that left just the Station Officer working out how to get home.

Well thanks to this charitable trust who work with Devon and Cornwall Police one of these kit cars will do.

These kits are supplied in Devon and Cornwall to primary and secondary schools.

Well job done - fits in garage and low step in.

Any one seen Kerry and Roger ? Last seen heading south with Roger sat on handle bars?

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Swanage Coastguard on Tour

A delegation from the team headed north to Birmingham this week to the Emergency Services Show at the NEC.

The range of equipment , knowledge and skills is massive and such an opportunity to see what is available.

Of course the team had a mission statement of gather what you can especially if it's free.

Good effort Rog and Kerry who collected the keys to this brand new Coastguard Vehicle which was part of the Coastguard stand - beat my free pen from that other stall !

Monday, 21 September 2015

Anvil Point Rescue - What the Cliff Edge Safety Officers Saw

As the two teams set up on Saturday at Anvil Point - this is what the Cliff Edge Safety Officers saw from the top looking down.

As the helicopter winchman and RNLI crew were ashore the teams stood by at the top.

After the injured male had been airlifted the team monitored and assisted the climbers colleague back to his car so he could get to meet his friend.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Purbeck Marathon - Coastguard support race

Coastguard teams from Swanage, St Albans and Kimmeridge headed out this morning to support the organisers of the Purbeck Marathon.

Part of the course follows the coastal path so the Coastguard teams monitor the runners to ensure their safety.

With over 500 competitors the race started at 9.30 with a further half marathon starting at 10.00

A special mention of the Deputy Station Officer from St Albans , Ian Bugler who took the challenge up and along with all the runners was cheered on. Sadly our very own Brian who claimed he was taking part twisted his ankle so rested!

Team Work

It takes a few partner agencies to carry out a rescue.

HM Coastguard - the coordinators of the incident.

HM Coastguard Swanage and St Albans Rescue Teams - boots on the ground! rope rescue teams

RNLI - Swanage All Weather Lifeboat and inshore lifeboat declared facility to HM Coastguard

Rescue 104 - air asset

NHS - medical treatment (not in the photo)

The picture - Roger and Kerry, Cliff edge safety officers , have moved away from the cliff having cleared the ledge of climbers and climbing equipment. This was to allow the aircraft to operate safely and not cause the down wash from the rotors to blow anyone away.

Meanwhile the winchman and RNLI crew tended to the injured climber below.