Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Out on the Water? Be Prepared

These two kayaks were recovered by Swanage's inshore lifeboat (ILB) yesterday and towed back to Swanage after their owners got into difficulty in choppy seas off Studland. 

 
What had seemed calm waters in the confines of the bay were suddenly very different in the shallower waters close to Old Harry and before long the kayakers were struggling in the conditions.  They had no VHF radio and no mobile phone (phones aren't ideal at sea because of limited reception, but one in a sealed bag is better than nothing) and they were fortunate that someone on the cliff had seen their calls for help.  The pair were dressed in inadequate clothing and once wet, soon got cold with the keen wind.  Finally, they wore no lifejackets or buoyancy aids.

On arrival at Swanage, the couple were taken into the care of the Coastguard team where they were warmed up and offered some safety advice, before being returned to their vehicle to dry off and reflect how differently their afternoon could have ended up.

The RNLI has produced a handy safety guide for kayakers - we suggest you download and read it if you own a kayak or have the use of one. Get your copy here: RNLI Kayak Safety Guide.

And always consider the following
  •             CARRY a communication device in an easily accessible waterproof pocket/pouch
  •             WEAR proper kit to keep you warm and afloat in the water
  •             CARRY spare clothing, food and drink in a dry bag
  •             CHECK the weather and water conditions before heading out
  •             WEAR a buoyancy aid or lifejacket
  •             CARRY on your person distress flares
  •             TELL a responsible shore contact where you are going and when you will return.
Enjoy the water and keep safe!
 
#999Coastguard

Monday, 26 September 2016

Access All Areas

This weekend the patrols have been out checking the access tracks to some of our remote locations.

Over time, we can find ourselves less familiar with rarely used routes, tracks can become overgrown and gates and padlocks can become rusty and hard to open.  When we are on a call out, we need to know the best routes straight away and we don't have time to mess with sticking locks. Every second counts, which is why we want to recheck every route and every gate and to oil every lock before the onset of winter.

On Saturday the access routes onto Ballard Down were covered, whilst Sunday's team concentrated on the Poole Harbour shoreline through Rempstone Forest.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Cliff Edges

If you are out for a walk today and enjoying our lovely coastline.



Take care near cliff edges


Never sit under a cliff.

In a coastal emergency - 999 Coastguard

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Coastguard assist Ambulance

The team were paged on Friday evening to assist South Western Ambulance with a seriously injured male.

The Wiltshire air ambulance attended King George's playing field assisted by the Coastguard and Police.

The Coastguard team were then requested to assist at the scene of the incident before assisting the ambulance back to the landing site.




Only last week the team practised setting up a night landing site as part of a large exercise.

The value of regularly training for the volunteer team shows its value working with our partner agencies.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Farewell Waverley, Call the Coastguard!

The paddle steamer 'Waverley' ended it's annual 3-week season of trips from Swanage this week, and once again it has been tremendous to see this piece of history making its way across the bay. Roll on next year and it's return!

Sadly, all didn't quite go to plan on Wednesday evening when the world's last remaining sea-going paddle steamer was unable to return passengers from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight to their destination in Swanage.

By the time the replacement coach arrived back at the pier,  the gates had been locked leaving some passengers unable to get to their car.    A call to the police led to a call to the Coastguard, and after a short while two of the Swanage volunteers attended, armed with a set of keys to let the weary travellers in.

As category 1 responders, we never know where we might need access to in an emergency, so we have a large bunch of master keys to cover many of the tracks, gates, car parks and barriers in the area. 

Letting passengers into a locked pier car park isn't a normal call out for us, but typical example of how we support the local community.
#AlwaysOnCall

Monday, 19 September 2016

The railway connection

Behind the scenes , a lot of work is done by the volunteers to know our area and work with our partners for the safety of others.

This morning the Station Officer and Deputy headed off to Norden railway station to meet a representative of the railway to build on our local knowledge

There was also a connection with our days jobs so it was beneficial for lots of reasons.




High tide ? No - using the 4x4 vehicle each access point along the line was checked to see accessibility in an emergency to the track.


Railways are dangerous places , we were escorted by a rail incident officer - but also both of us hold Personal Track Safety Certificates to allow us " track side"


Gates and access were checked so if there was a multi agency incident we can support our partners.

Thank you to Swanage Railway for today's visit.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Purbeck Marathon

The Swanage and St. Albans Coastguard teams headed out on patrol today to monitor the runners along the coastal path.




Several hundred runners took part in both a full marathon or a sixteen mile run.

Congratulations to all those who took part today.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Casualty airlifted from coastal path




The team were called this afternoon to a report of a walker with a broken ankle on the coastal path.

South Western Ambulance had received a call from the walkers partner stating they were South of Verney Farm, and asked for Coastguard assistance.

The team arrived and started to treat the female before Rescue 106 from Portland arrived.

Both walkers were well prepared but as they had climbed over a stone style , the lady slipped and turned her ankle.

The Coastguard team assisted the winch-man before transferring the lady via a stretcher to the aircraft , for the short flight to the Poole HLS.