Thursday, 18 September 2014

What We Do

The Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) at Portland has now closed and our rescues are being co-ordinated  from the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Fareham.  We'll run a feature and some piccies of the new facility in due course and at the same time do a round up of some of the rescues that Portland has been involved in over the years.

However, for us it is business as usual.  If you see anyone in distress (or who appears to be in distress) at sea or on the coast then call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.  The local team will be paged in exactly the same way and as before and we will continue to respond from our Coastguard Rescue Station in North Beach Car Park.

This video looks at some of the work we do and discusses the transition to the NMOC.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Purbeck Marathon

Today saw 324 runners hit the coastline of the Purbeck Isles in one of the hardest marathons around.

Swanage, St Albans and Kimmeridge Coastguard all took part .... Well were on hand to assist if anyone required assistance.

Duncan and Steve set the early pace at the front of the main group of runners.

With a view like this - it's probably the best marathon in the world. ( well our opinion)

Brian was congratulating competitors of having broken the back of the run - at this point there was still 25 miles to go !

Well done to all who took part and those who organised it all.

The Purbeck Marathon

This morning sees the Purbeck Marathon start and the team are taking part.

When I say the team is taking part (along with our colleagues along the coast) we are going to monitor the competitors along the route not run !

Start time is 09.30, update to follow during the day.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Training in full swing

Training on Thursday night, we don't always have to have a cliff to set up.

Rumours the Station Officer had dropped his wallet just wasn't true.

Kerry shows the team how long it really should be.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Training and Dorset Police pop in to wash up

It's all been a little quiet at the North Beach Car Park nerve centre of Swanage Coastguard.

Everyone has been a little busy at their respective places of work after the summer so tonight we had a little focus on some cliff training.

Having practised it was back for tea at the station......shortly joined by none other than Swanage Safer Neighbour Team out on patrol. ( must of heard the kettle!)

Well trained PCSO Iain Leslie shows the team how it's done in the kitchen having briefed us on a few local issues.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Face from the past.

Taken from the MCA's Facebook page. Pip was the East Dorset Sector Manager for a number of years before heading west to Brixham.

It's also an acknowledge to all Coastguards who took part in the winter storm incidents.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Yeti spotted in Swanage

Well it's called a Yeti !

A small panic this lunch time when this vehicle was spotted outside the Station.

These vehicles are normally driven by the Area Commanders but it was OK as it was Allan who borrowed it.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

End of August and a little flurry of incidents.

Having had a few quite days in August including the normally busy bank holiday it was back to business .....

Friday evening and Nick's birthday BBQ - Initial Response Team (IRT) tasked to check the welfare of a yacht somewhere between Peveril Point and Anvil Point. Despite a good search for the reported yacht nothing was sighted and with no further reports it was back to the BBQ.

Saturday morning and the IRT were tasked to the North end of the beach after a small motor boat with a young male on board declared a Mayday as he was having problems with his boat. Met by the team and confirmed safe a local boat owner offered to escort him back to Studland however halfway round it was considered unsafe so the IRT who were monitoring the progress of the trip met him again. This time the boat was put on a mooring and arrangements were made for it to be collected later.

Sunday morning just after midnight the IRT were tasked to the boat park after a small white dinghy was found adrift. Concerned someone had fallen overboard the small tender (sadly with no markings on it) was brought ashore and a shore line search was conducted. There were no oars or equipment in the dinghy so it was presumed it had come adrift but the checks were still made with nothing further found.