Friday, 1 July 2016

One Hundred Years On

One hundred years ago today, on 1 July 1916, a large explosion and a series of whistles indicated the start of the Battle of the Somme - the battle that was intended to be the decisive moment in defeating the German forces in WWI.

In the event, nearly 20,000 British lives were lost on the first day alone, a day where only three square miles of enemy territory were captured.  By the end of the battle, some five months later, German defences were still not defeated, the advance was no further than seven miles and over a million people had lost their lives.  One Million.  Over 400,000 British, over 200,000 French and over 450,000 Germans.

A series of events will take place today to mark the start of the battle, and the bloodiest ever day in the history of the British Army, which included a 2 minute silence at 7.30am, the time the battle started.

We Will Remember Them

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Social Media Day

This is our entry for today's national social media day - even the SCOO ( spot the white helmet in the back ground!) managed to muscle in on the photo

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Missing Climber - statement from Dorset Police

Dorset Police have just issued the following statement.

A body found in the water off St Alban’s Head near Swanage yesterday, Tuesday 28 June 2016, has been officially identified by HM Coroner as that of 26-year-old Liam Day from Southampton.

The next of kin have been informed. An inquest will be opened in due course following a post mortem examination. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Liam had failed to return home as expected following a climbing trip to the Swanage area and was reported missing on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

Update - search for missing climber

At 12.27 on Tuesday 28th June 2016 Dorset Police were informed of a person in the water off St Albans Head.

The body of a male was recovered by the RNLI from Swanage.

Identification has not yet taken place but the family of a 26 year old man from Southampton who had failed to return home following a climbing trip to Swanage have been informed of the incident.

Our thoughts go to family and friends.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Peveril Point landing site

Peveril Point temporarily became the busiest landing site in Dorset this afternoon during the airlifting of an injured worker from the boat park.

Rescue 106 was dealing with an incident off Winspit when tasked along with the Air Ambulance to assist a male who had fallen.

The male had been treated by some RNLI crew before being joined by the Coastguard team.

Dorset's air ambulance on the pad

Lifting off with the casualty on board

Rescue 106 landing to pick up the winch man

Monday, 27 June 2016

Studland slip watch

A walk about in Studland found this today.

A project by the National Trust to record coastal errosion. You place your camera / phone in the gap to get the same angle.

And this is the result - let's see what it looks like in 6 months

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Armed Forces Day

Nick and Ian supported Armed Forces Day last night attending a function at a local hotel. #saluteourforces

Nick and Ian with local Frank Roberts , retired from the forces but huge supporter of Armed Forces Day ( he puts the flags up round the town for example )

Friday, 24 June 2016

Treat cliffs with respect

Cliffs aren't the place to walk or take short cuts.

Don't take risks - stay off and use proper foot paths

The views maybe stunning but never take risks

Or you may just find the volunteer rescue teams joining you.

999 Coastguard - stay safe

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Lifeguards and Coastguard in joint training

The team went water rescue training last night with the lifeguards on Swanage Beach. A great exercise to understand each others capabilities.

The lifeguard posted this today - Thank You to Swanage Coastguard for a successful and productive first joint exercise yesterday evening. We look forward to working closely with you this summer.

@Maritime and Coastguard Agency @RNLI
#lifeguards #hmcoastguard #swanageCRT #waterrescue #training #workingtogether #respectthewater

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

When would you call the Coastguard

Emergency at sea or on the coast - call the Coastguard

Even if you think someone is in trouble - call.

HM Coastguard coordinates maritime search and rescue