Saturday 11 November 2023

Walker rescued west of Anvil Point


A walker enjoying a dry day , slipped west of Anvil Point this morning. 

Both Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were tasked to assist and bring the walker to safety. 

With the assistance of the County Park Rangers the walker was stretched to a vehicle and then to a warm place of safety to wait for an ambulance.  The Coastguard teams provided first aid until the arrival of a critical care team tasked due to the injuries which were believed to be a fracture and dislocation. 

The coastal path remains very wet and muddy and care should be taken following the recent weather. 

999 Coastguard. 

Thursday 9 November 2023

History turns back up


The team were called out yesterday (Wednesday) after a member of the public out walking discovers an object on the beach and was concerned it was a piece of ordnance. 

The item was discovered at South Beach Studland after the recent storms took more of the cliff line away. 

The person reported their find to the National Trust who cordoned off part of the beach and contacted the emergency services. 
The Coastguard team attended and took measurements and photos which were sent to the bomb disposal team to assess. 
Due to the darkness and location the item was marked and the team were requested to attend in the morning again.  The team attended and confirmed the item was still there.  A bomb disposal team from the Royal Navy attended from Portsmouth and assessed the item. 

Thankfully the item was discovered only to be part of a previous piece of ordnance and no longer contained anything dangerous.  The item was removed to ensure it caused no further calls. 

The experts considered this to be part of a previously detonated World War Two parachute mine.  A mine was detonated in Swanage bay in 2009 after being discovered by divers.  It was believed to have been dropped on the approach to Poole harbour in the 1940’s.  Back in 2009 a Royal Navy team denoted the found item and this may have been part of that device. 

Sunday 5 November 2023

Slip watch 2023


The consequences of the recent storms have started to impact our coast line. 

After heavy rain and rough seas the team were called out again this morning to look at the cliffs and report on any slips. 

Several slips have happened in the Burlington Chine area with a wall collapsed and also below Highcliffe Road. 

 At present small areas have been cordoned off for safety with the areas being monitored for the next few days. 

There still remains a lot of debris in the water to the north of the bay so for swimmers and surfers please take care. 

In a coastal emergency call 999 and ask for Coastguard. 

Saturday 4 November 2023

Land Slip

 This evening the team have been tasked to investigate a landslip below Highcliffe road. 

Following the recent bad weather a rock fall was located behind the beach huts. 

Further up towards Burlington Chine a further slip was discovered and part of a wall has collapsed. 

The area has been cordoned off until daylight and a better assessment can be made. 

We would ask people to be careful in these areas and in an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. 

Thursday 2 November 2023

Sea defence


Today the team assisted the council in restoring the sea defences follow Storm Ciaran hit the UK. 

Over night several very large concrete blocks were pushed out causing gaps for the sea to breech at the next tide. 

The team provided a cordon to allow a safe working area with the work completed in time for the high tide. 

The team then checked the beach area to check what was being washed up and located this debris from the beach huts staging.  With sea conditions bad the council removed this later in the day. 

Monday 30 October 2023

If you go down to the beach


If you are heading to the beach , please take care. 

The recent storms and the one due this week is throwing up some debris having claimed some beach huts this week. 

There has and will be some large waves and if you are walking on the beach please take care as this can sweep you off your feet. 

We are also aware the steps at Sheps Hollow have been damaged and there is an increase risk of land slips at the north of the bay. 

In an emergency dial 999 and ask for Coastguard. 

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Lucy’s Tale

 Coastguard teams from Swanage and St Albans were tasked yesterday at 17.30 to a report of a dog stuck on the cliff at Ballard Down. 

Lucy a cross breed ran up the cliff whilst walking with her owners and got stuck about 150 ft up. The teams proceeded to Ballard and set up the rope equipment to put a Coastguard Rescue Officer down the cliff. Faced with heavy undergrowth to the cliff face, the teams spent an hour clearing a path to get to the cliff edge.  A Coastguard Officer was lowered down the cliff to search for Lucy. 

Due to the rising tide the Coastguard and owner at the base of the cliff had to returned to Sheps Hollow and Swanage RNLI ILB was requested to provide safety cover and eyes on the bottom. 

Despite a very technically demanding rescue attempt , Lucy could not be persuaded to come to the Coastguard and due to the terrain the rescue attempt was stopped and the Coastguard officer recovered and the lifeboat stood down. 

But the tale didn’t end there. 

Most the of the Coastguard team returned to the station but two went to get their cars from the Ballard Estate.  Whilst there , Lucy suddenly appeared and ran past them.  Trying to follow Lucy the rest of the team deployed to help who had now got to Shore Road.  Despite gallant efforts of capture, Lucy made it past and disappeared into town.  

The team continued to search the town with some heading to the home address and sure enough five minutes later Lucy made it home and sat at the gate waiting for her owner to come back!!!!! 

Finally all reunited the team returned to the station five hours after it all started. 

Lucy , finally home after 5 hours. 

Sunday 8 October 2023

Late night search locates collapsed male

 Coastguard teams from Swanage and St Albans along with Police and Ambulance crews were tasked to search the northern end of Studland beach last night for a person collapsed. 

The Coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent was also tasked to assist the search using its thermal camera. 

The Coastguard teams were guided by the helicopter to the location and then they provided care to the 86 year old until the ambulance arrived. 

Having been assessed the casualty was then carried out to the beach using a stretcher before being transported to the ambulance parked on the road. 

Rescue 175 from Lee on Solent illuminated the area to allow Coastguard teams to treat the injured male. 

Saturday 7 October 2023

Milo rescued from the cliff

 Swanage, St Albans and Kimmeridge Coastguard teams were tasked yesterday to the Downs after Milo the dog took a trip over the edge and ended up about 70ft below. 

The Coastguard teams came together to set up their rope equipment and sent a Coastguard Rescue Technician down with the specialist dog equipment.  Milo a black Labrador was out for a walk with their owner when he decided to take a path over the cliff. 

Milo was safely recovered from a ledge and brought back to their very grateful owners. 

During the incident the Kimmeridge team were tasked to the Arne area to assist South Western Ambulance with a medical incident. 

Milo safely back at the top which his owner 

The Coastguard team deploying down the cliff to rescue Milo. 

Tuesday 29 August 2023

Suspicious item on Swanage beach


A metal object on the beach near the Mowlem saw the team tasked to investigate the item and send photos to the military for assessment this afternoon. 

Working with the Town Council a small 50metre cordon was put in place to protect the scene whilst photographs were sent for a detailed assessment. 

An EOD team assessed the photos taken of the object and confirmed they were happy this was not an explosive device. 

The item was removed from the beach to stop further calls and was taken away by the Council. 

We would like to thank the public for their assistance whilst a small area was closed for safety reasons.