Friday, 25 May 2018

Are you prepared for the weekend ?

It’s a bank holiday weekend !

The weather might just be a little unpredictable in places with heavy thundery showers.

So what ever you are doing prepare well and ensure you have all your safety equipment and clothing.

The team did some preparation last night and hopefully it won’t be required but just in case we focused on our rope rescue skills.

The view looking down at Anvil Point.

Looking west from the bottom.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Search for missing Swanage resident

The team were tasked this morning to assist Dorset Police with a search for a 71 year old missing female.

The team were joined by colleagues from St Albans , DorSAR and both Swanage Lifeboats to search a large area around Swanage.

As the teams started their searches of the sea front an urgent call came in to assist a Male at Chapmans Pool reported to be in cardiac arrest. The St Albans team proceeded along with Rescue 175 and both lifeboats. Further Coastguards were tasked to assist but stood down on arrival.

The team further medically checked another Male at the location after this incident but after a short while confirmed he was ok to head home.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Help us help you - don’t block gates

The patrol on Monday came across this ......

Whilst it says fire access , these gates are vital for access to the beach in emergencies.

Whilst it doesn’t look bad the parking made it nearly impossible to use the access due to the angle.

Please keep clear of access gates - it could be you we are coming to rescue - park sensibly.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Why go away when you have Swanage ?

It’s going to be a hot one !

Heading to the coast ? Stay safe.

Ensure you know where your children are on the beach.

Wear sun cream for skin protection

Wear lifejackets if you are heading out on the water.

Walk on recognised paths.

In a costal emergency 999 Coastguard.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Busy day for Purbeck teams

The Coastguard teams in the area have had a very busy day on the first day of the bank holiday weekend.

The Swanage patrol were tasked to dancing ledge to back up colleagues from St Albans and Kimmeridge to a report of climber fallen breaking their arm.
Both Swanage Lifeboats were also tasked and picked up the climber and took them to meet an ambulance in Poole.

The patrol were again tasked back to Dancing Ledge and a report of another climber twisting their knee.
Again colleagues from St Albans and Kimmeridge were tasked along with the full team from Swanage.

On route the patrol were flagged down to provide first aid to a child fallen off their bike.

The teams arrived at dancing ledge and transported the young girl back to Spyway Barn and transport to the hospital.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Pleasure Cruise Boat Breaks Down

The team were busy on Saturday afternoon when a local passenger cruise boat lost control of its engines as it was docking and struck the pier

Fortunately, none of the 35 passengers were injured and neither the vessel nor the pier were seriously damaged.

However, the team was tasked firstly to administer first aid and secondly to act as liaison between the skipper and crew and the MCA surveyors who needed to be sure that the vessel was fit to sail back.

Whilst the team took photographs of the damage and recorded details of the incident from the crew and witnesses, an engineer was called and he soon had repairs in hand.  Once complete, the MCA duty inspectors and surveyors were called and they passed the vessel fit to return to its base so long as the engineer stayed on board throughout.

The team stood down and returned to base some five hours after being called.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Joint Working

A person over the cliff at Studland yesterday saw many of the town's emergency services working together as well as Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and  Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 175.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Behind the scenes

Our busy spell over Easter seems to have quietened down this week, but that doesn't mean the team hasn't been busy behind the scenes:

MONDAY:  Tidy up of kit and station after Sunday's incident.  Casualty came back to see us and to collect personal belongings.

TUESDAY: SO and DSO on station; tasked to investigate something in the bay.

WEDNESDAY: Visit from 20 members of Swanage NCI and a talk about our roles and joint working.

THURSDAY: Training night including some first aid work. New PPE had been delivered so this was unpacked and labelled.

FRIDAY: Our 4x4 off to the garage for maintenance.

So, as you'll see, it's not all blue lights and rescues - there's quite a lot goes on behind the scenes to keep the station ticking over.

Monday, 16 April 2018

The Good Samaritan ???

We blogged yesterday about a lone male who slipped on the Coast Path and broke his ankle.

Although he tried to phone for help, the casualty soon found out that there's no phone signal in the area, certainly not low down on the path itself.

With no phone signal and unable to walk, the casualty attracted the attention of another walker on the Coast Path and asked him to make a 999 call when he reached an area with reception.  The individual said he had no phone and so he took the casualty's own phone and set off to find some signal. 

Over 24 hours later, and neither the individual nor the phone have been seen since.  The phone rings out when dialled, but isn't being answered.  We'd hate to think that this was a malicious act, but sad to say that at the moment it is being treated as theft and the Police are making enquiries.  We are not even sure the 999 call was ever made.

The Casualty slipped at this location where there is no mobile signal

Fortunately, a second walker named John soon came by and also assisted.  He moved the casualty into a sheltered area and lent him his own coat before heading up the hill to call the emergency services himself.   He gave perfect directions and was waiting for us to show us the correct location once we RV'd at Verney Farm.  Our thanks go out to John who couldn't have been more helpful.

Do you know anything or have you heard of anyone who may have that phone?  Did anyone walking on the coast path near the Western Mile Markers see a discarded phone?  Please let us or Dorset Police know - we'd love to hear from you.

Broken Ankle on the Coast Path

The busy spell continues for the team who were tasked again on Sunday to attend to a walker who'd slipped and broken an ankle on the SW Coast Path directly south of Verney Farm.

Although initially tasked to assist the ambulance service, the team arrived well before the paramedics (the benefit of local knowledge and a 4x4 response vehicle) and so set about making the 60 year old male comfortable, monitoring his condition and administering first aid.

The incident occurred south of Verney Farm to the west of the Western Mile Marker
Waterlogged, muddy and slippy ground conditions coupled with the steepness of the cliffside at that location meant that extraction on foot was never a possibility and so Rescue Helicopter 175 was dispatched from Lee on Solent.  One option was to convey the casualty to hospital, but it was decided to fly him to the ambulance (which was parked on hard ground a mile or so away) where he could be attended to by the paramedics.

R175 waits until the casualty is ready to be winched into the aircraft.  It wasn't possible to land owing to the terrain

The team returned to the station to clean up some very muddy kit and to try to find temporary accommodation for Rummage, the man's dog who had been walking with him.  Sadly, there was no room for Rummage in the helicopter and so the team looked after her until a kind hearted member of the local community came forward and offered to take her in for the night.

Terry looks pleased to get the dog walking duties!