Monday, 21 July 2014

Stuck in the mud at Studland.

Sunday's Patrol had a busy day after first dealing with a lady fallen on a pavement and then being tasked to Studland to a report of a walker stuck in the mud.

Working with the National Trust and Dorset Police who were dealing with another incident , the team searched for the male around the little sea area.

The Police located the male but the area was very muddy and without risking any further entrapments Rescue 106 assisted by lifting the male clear of the mud and back to the waiting Coastguards.

Our advice is always stick to the recognised paths.

Rescue 106 searching for the male stuck in the mud at Studland. Tom and a local Police Officer watch on from a safe distance.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Item washed up on beach.

The Initial Response Team were called to the beach close to the Mowlem after beach wardens discovered a possible piece of ordnance.

The object appeared to be a ammunition case caught up in the seaweed but having taken advice from the RAF it was confirmed as part of a packing case probably used in this weeks parachute jumps off Swanage.

If you see items marked with military markings never touch them, call the Coastguard and stay safe.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Weather Warning of heavy thundery torrential rain

An amber weather warning has been issued for a large part of the country including Dorset.

Heavy torrential rain along with hail and thunder is predicted over the next 24 hours.

Advice is to check the forecast and consider any activity which could be affected by the weather.

Keep out of flood water.

On Patrol

A contender for photo of the year from Kyle - Coastguard on patrol at Anvil Point.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


As regular readers know we are all volunteers and so we have normal 'day jobs'; mine is the exciting world of town planning. 

We'll anyway I was at a training course today 'up country' and one of the presentations was on Community Land Trusts - basically volunteers within the community get together to organise and build low cost homes in their community for the community. Great idea all around.

So I'm sitting there and the presenter provides an example of one such community land trust from down south - Worth Matravers - a small village to the west of Swanage.  Next thing I know there is a photo up on the projector showing the Worth Matravers Community Land Trust Members and I suddenly spot 'two ugly mugs' that I recognise. 

It's only St Alban's Coastguards John Bugler and Jon Evans. Not only do they volunteer for HMCoastguard but they also volunteer their time and energy to try and achieve housing for their community.

Round of applause all round for those two!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Community Safety Event

On Friday we attended King George's Car Park and the towns market to fly the flag and offer residents and visitors safety advice.

Friday, 11 July 2014

One for trains fans and jazz enthusiasts

This weekend sees 35 years of Swanage Railway and they are having a steam festival to mark the occasion.

A special visitor in the shape of Tornado will be on hand to transport visitors and for a fee you can even drive it !

Meanwhile the town is hosting the jazz festival this weekend so some could be really excited with jazz and steam trains.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Brave Police Inspector Joins Swanage Coastguard.

Inspector Fiona Gaffney , the Purbeck Section Commander joined the team tonight on an exercise at Old Harry.

As key partners the Coastguard and Police continue to train and tonight it was the Inspector's turn to join in.

Little did she know that she would actually be lowered to the base of the cliff!

All smiles at the top before the descent.

Not the easiest task to undertake but Nick slowly lowers himself and Fiona to the base of the cliff in a controlled assisted descent.

All safely made it back to the top of the cliff.

Then it was Allan and Roger's turn !

Old Harry - Cliff Training at Sunset.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Beach Safety

Every year the Coastguard , Police , Beach Wardens and Tourist Information Centre staff meet to review our working protocols ready for the main summer season.

One of today's topics was a familiarisation of defibrillator that is held at the Tourist Information Centre.