Thursday, 26 May 2016

Training with the Lifeboat Crew

The main point of last nights training was to share equipment and see how we could transfer casualties from the shore to the lifeboat.

Nick on the radio

Seeing if the Coastguard stretcher fits in the lifeboat - that worked

Lifting the stretcher from the Inshore lifeboat to the all weather lifeboat.

Tom sat watching Eastenders - well that's what we told him

Nick discovers what happens when you break something on Dave's new boat. Hopefully he will let out next week.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Show and tell with the Swanage Lifeboat Crew

For tonight's training we linked up with the crew of the Swanage Lifeboats and got a chance to see their new Shannon Lifeboat.

Kerry , Brian and Eric get a brief on the Inshore Lifeboat .

The Shannon arrives.

Kerry takes command.

Dave the new Coxswain explains the workings of the new boat to Brian , Eric and Roger.

Our thanks to the crew tonight a very useful training session , more photos tomorrow.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Who's at Peveril

We are quite often asked if we can see people from our ' tower' at Peveril.

The look out at Peveril Point isn't a Coastguard lookout and hasn't been since about 1994 !

The National Coastwatch Institution operate the lookout manned by volunteers and in an emergency will contact the Coastguard.

Coastwatch and Coastguard are often confused, Coastwatch are a charity whereas the Coastguard is a Government Agency.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Swanage gets a Blue flag

Swanage has again achieved both a blue flag and a sea side award for 2016.

These are awarded for things like water quality and safety to name a few.

Well done to all those involved in making our beach clean, tidy and safe.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The meaning behind ordnance

We had some feed back this week on us using the term 'ordnance' for items found on the beach.

There are several terms we could use but in general ordnance is a widely used term in the military. Other words could be , bombs, shells, ammo and UXB to name a few.

A quick search on the internet on the definition of ordnance ,

mounted guns; artillery.
"the gun was a brand new piece of ordnance"
synonyms: guns, cannon, artillery, weapons, arms, munitions, military supplies, materiel

a branch of government service dealing especially with military stores and materials.
"the ordnance corps"

If the term ' bomb' was used then as can be seen this doesn't cover everything we deal with

A bomb is an explosive weapon that uses the exothermic reaction of an explosive material to provide an extremely sudden and violent release of energy.

The term bomb is not usually applied to explosive devices used for civilian purposes such as construction or mining, although the people using the devices may sometimes refer to them as a "bomb". The military use of the term "bomb", or more specifically aerial bomb action, typically refers to airdropped, unpowered explosive weapons most commonly used by air forces and naval aviation. Other military explosive weapons not classified as "bombs" include grenades, shells, depth charges (used in water), warheads when in missiles.

The Navy , Army and RAF have their own teams to deal with ordnance and are referred as EOD teams - Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Anyway , the important message is, if you find something and not sure what it might be , then call the Coastguard / Police.

This was found some years ago in "little sea" Studland by some children.

A type of mine in this case , Studland was a test area for the D Day landings and although 80'000 items were cleared after the war, ordnance is still turning up despite the area being regularly checked.

999 Coastguard

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Kayakers hit the water in Swanage.

89 ( at the last official count) kayaker anglers have just entered the water near the pier for their annual visit to Swanage.

Sadly the weather isn't on their side this year and with the wind increasing the organisers have reduced the area the competitors can use.

They have their own safety boat which will be checking no one drifts outside the area.

Lets hope they catch a few fish ...... Up date later m

Patrol finished and all 91 competitors safely returned

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Team tasked to Anvil Point

The team were tasked this morning to Anvil Point after a member of public reported concern for a climber.

On arrival the solo climber was found safe and well , being surprised the Coastguard had turned up. The climbers dog was at the top and that may have sparked the concern from the passing member of the public.

Having checked further climbs to ensure no one else was in trouble the volunteer team members returned to the station.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016