Sunday, 8 December 2019

Supporting Dorset Police

The team were called out this evening to support Dorset Police with an incident along Swanage beach.  

As the team arrived and commenced a search along the sea front the person was found safely.

Rescue 175 from Lee on Solent and Swanage Lifeboat had also been requested.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Sunday Morning Training

The team headed up to Old Harry today for an exercise under the watchful eye of our Senior Coastguard Operations Officer.

The focus today was a rope set up with team members swapping positions for the various descents and recoveries.

Rope rescue is just one area of work for the volunteer rescue teams , if you would like to know more about becoming a Coastguard Rescue Officer in Swanage then please do come to the Coastguard Station  North Beach Car Park on Thursday evening between 7 and 9 pm.


Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Could you be a Coastguard ?

Have you ever thought of becoming a Coastguard Rescue Officer ?

We are holding  a recruitment evening on Thursday 28th November at the Coastguard Station North Beach Carpark De Moulham Road Swanage between 19.00 to 21.00.

Drop in during those times for an informal discussion with the team and discover what we do and how you could become part of that team that responds to over 100 incidents a year.

HM Coastguard is a UK emergency  service responsible for maritime search and rescue on the coast and out to sea.  Here in Swanage we are a rope, water and search team on call 24 hours a day. 

If you are interested in becoming a Coastguard  in Swanage and have a few hours a month to train , patrol and respond to emergency call outs then please drop into the station on the 28th to find out more. Full training is given with monthly training once qualified for professional development. 

To become a Coastguard Rescue Officer , you need to be 18 years old or  over and hold a UK driving license.  You will be required to have a medical and may be required to have a DBS check. 

If you can not make the Thursday then come and see us in the Square on Saturday 30th between 13.00 and 15.00 where we will be taking part in the towns festival event.  

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Persons cut off by tide.

The team were called on Tuesday night to a report of persons cut off by the tide north of Sheps Hollow.

On arrival it appeared there were several people cut off by a high tide which was hitting the base of the cliff.

The team proceeded down to the beach via another route and soon found two fisherman safe and well.   They were aware of the tide and planned to remain fishing until the tide went out.  

The team retraced their route and returned to station.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Clothing located on beach

As the town finished it’s remembrance parade , the team were tasked to near the Mowlem after clothing was located near to the sea wall.

An immediate search was started along the shore line with the RNLI inshore lifeboat requested to assist.

The beach and shoreline was checked from the pier to Ocean Bay with the all weather lifeboat also joining the search.   Several sweeps of the beach were made but nothing further has been located and no new information was received.

Both the Coastguard team and lifeboats have been stood down.

If you have information that may assist in locating the owner of the clothes please call 999 Coastguard.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

“Danny” the dolphin

This afternoon the team attended the pier after numerous reports of people going into the water to get to the dolphin.

The dolphin had been reported caught on a mooring line some distance from the pier. 

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue team had been monitoring the dolphin since this morning but due to the conditions had been unable to reach the dolphin.

The team provided safety cover and advice to the public due to the rough conditions.
   A local fisherman has managed to get to the mooring and free the dolphin which has been seen to swim off.

The BDMLR will monitor the area but our request is not to put yourself or others in danger in these conditions.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Washed up Kayak

The coastguard team are currently attending an incident at the North End of Swanage beach which involves a washed up Kayak.

If you are aware of the owner please can you contact Solent Coastguard on 023 9255 2100

10.10 - Thank you , owner located

Monday, 21 October 2019

Washed up sea birds

Yesterday saw some sea birds wash ashore in Swanage covered in an oily substance.

Further incidents were reported on the Isle of Wight.

This one was successfully picked up and cleaned and will be cared for before being released.

The substance is being investigated by the Coastguard , any reports of pollution should be notified to the Coastguard via 999.

In the Purbeck area contaminated sea birds can be reported to Chance Wildlife Rescue on 07795296887

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Did you leave something behind

Was anyone at Knoll Beach Slipway with a kayak ?

This afternoon ( Sunday 20th October ) the patrol were made aware of a kayak trolley left on the beach close to the slipway at Knoll Beach Studland.

A search of the beach and shore line was carried out from the harbour entrance  to Old Harry in case someone was out and struggling to return.

No one was located so if you forgot your equipment on your return please can you contact the Coastguard just so we know your safe and we will return your trolley ( on the correct identification of it)

Please call Solent Coastguard if you have any information, 999 in an emergency or 023 9255 2100 for routine matters.

Sunday, 6 October 2019


Well done to all those who took part in the walk and run from Knoll Beach up on to Ballard and back via Old Harry.

 The patrol headed to Ballard and thank you to all those who said hello.

Really good to see people out and about enjoying the area and taking part for such a good cause.