Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Station Officer tries 4 wheels

After recent incidents the Station Officer is offered a safer mode of transport which has four wheel instead of two.

The new Purbeck Police vehicle for Studland working in partnership with the National Trust.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Terry's new uniform

The Swanage teams very own Mr Edmunds, or coastguard of the Year, as he prefers to be known managed to break his helmet last sunday whilst training. Rumours within the team however speculate that this was a ruse so that he could get his hnds on the coveted Orange Casualty helmet. He has had his eye on this since the team got it a couple of years back. Terry is so besotted with his new acquisition that he has it pride of place in his uniform rack. Loving your work Terry!!

Ballard in the mist

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Driving Legend Ian Moustache

The one and only Driving Legend Ian Moustache visited Swanage today.

Ian from the Kimmeridge team got the name many years ago after showing the team some off road driving skills - the name has stuck ever since.

The reason for the visit is that there has been a land slip in the Kimmeridge area and the emergency signs are stored at Swanage on behalf of Dorset County Council.

So Ian and Colleague jumped in their truck and drove up to collect the signs, popped back and put the warning signs up.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Coastguard teams tasked to Old Harry

The team along with colleagues from St Albans, both Swanage RNLI Lifeboats, Rescue 106 from Portland and Dorset Police were tasked this afternoon to an area close to Old Harry Rocks.

Members of the public had reported seeing a female fall from cliffs to the South of Old Harry Rocks.

A body was located and with the assistance of the RNLI crews was airlifted by the crew of Rescue 106 to Dorset County Hospital.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

In memory of Norman

A very sad day for the Southbourne Coastguard Team as it was the funeral of Norman Feast.

Norman sadly lost his brave battle with illness a few weeks ago.

As The Deputy Station Officer, Norman's humour was known especially towards the Swanage Team.

Norman always carried out his duties to the highest traditions of the Coastguard Service......he will sadly be missed by us all.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Big Tides

Today and Tomorrow will see some of the biggest tidesof the year.

This could cause some flooding in places

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Lifeboat slip gone!

Popped down to the lifeboat station today to liaise with the mechanic and see how the work for their new boat house is coming on,

The digger has eaten the slipway with ease!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Search for overdue climbers

The Swanage Coastguard Team along will colleagues from the St Albans Coastguard Team were tasked to search for two climbers last night.

Two climbers from Devon were reported in the Durlston area had not returned after a days climbing.

The teams set off just as the local Police found their car and thankfully the two climbers inside safe and well. The pair had been climbing in the Boulder Ruckle area and the climb had taken longer than they thought. Both were a little cold but ok and were grateful that the teams had deployed to search for them.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Mystery Bang

At approximately half past midnight this morning a loud bang was heard around Swanage.

Jumping out of bed it brought back memories of how the Coastguard team use to be called out. One maroon was fired to summons the Coastguard team or two to summons the lifeboat crew.

So having heard the bang for a split second I thought who is calling the team out but waking up a little more I realised it was impossible as we haven't fired maroons for nearly 10 years.

So it remains a mystery who would be firing something like this ( very different to a fire work). Even the small cloud the maroons made when they had exploded could be seen hanging in the sky.