Friday, 15 June 2018

Exercise Combined Approach

Coastguard Teams from Swanage St Albans and Poole came together at Studland this week for a large search and rescue exercise.

The scenario saw two “over due “ walkers visiting the area go missing.

Search teams deployed and found both persons but that was only the start with both having to be extracted from difficult locations.

There is someone in there somewhere !
Our thanks to ‘Dave’ who played a challenging casualty along with some realistic makeup to test the first aid assessments

Team members from three local Coastguard teams combine to form search teams.

The second extraction was a little more difficult and required a double rope rescue set up.

Working in difficult conditions the second casualty was recovered.

Twenty plus Coastguard Rescue Officers practising their skills.

Coastal emergency ? 999 Coastguard

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Team work

The team met our new sea front ambassador this week , part of the Tourist Information Centre team.

Working together we all work to improve the safety of the beach and maintain the standards of an award winning blue flag beach.

If you have an emergency on the beach or out to sea 999 Coastguard.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Come and meet us at the fish festival

We are back at the fish festival today so pop by to find out about the Coastguard.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Boat Engine catches Fire

The team was tasked to the boat park slipway this morning to meet the lifeboat towing in a speedboat whose outboard had caught fire to the North of Ballard Down.
The fire had been extinguished by the time the speedboat was moored alongside the Council jetty, but two DWFR appliances attended from Swanage Fire Station to cool down the engine which was still smoking and to prevent reignition.

The CG team monitored the sea for oil and/or fuel pollution from the damaged engine (one of the MCA's goals is 'cleaner seas') and spoke with the two occupants once they were safely ashore to check their welfare and discuss safety considerations and to help them with arrangements to recover the boat back to Poole.
It seems the pair had taken the right precautions including disconnecting the fuel tanks and moving them into the bow of the boat, as far away from the fire as possible. Both wore life jackets and had started to fight the fire but were prepared to evacuate the vessel had the situation worsened.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Patrol tasked to possible missing jet ski

Today’s patrol were tasked to Ocean Bay and a report of a jet ski being towed in minus its rider.

The team searched the area and spoke with many people to establish if anyone was missing.

After a search which relocated the ski , no person came forward and no person has been reported missing.

See someone in trouble ?

999 Coastguard

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Good bye and thank you

It was both a sad and exciting day today..........

After 15 years of loyal service we said good bye to a valued team member ..... our Vehicle.

Yes sadly this long serving and valued vehicle finally said good bye to Swanage.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who worked hard to service the vehicle and keep us on the road - one careful owner and about 20 drivers it served us well.

So we move on and welcome our new vehicle

Our new vehicle has travelled about 630 miles where it was previously stationed in Scotland.

The team have been busy tonight ensuring it’s ready for services.

Monday, 28 May 2018

First Aid and a Yeti

A lovely day in Swanage yesterday after an interesting evening of thunder storms.

The patrol were flagged down on shore road to provide first aid for a cut and broken toe.

We also caused some confusion as we aren’t in our usual vehicle at the moment

We are borrowing a slightly different vehicle so sorry to those who went to wave yesterday and weren’t sure it was us !

A Yeti at Middle Beach yesterday

So just as we thought the day was done the whole team were tasked to assist South Western Ambulance at Durlston with a lady who had fallen and broken her arm.

The team provided first aid until the ambulance arrived, also providing care to a baby who had been involved and a young lady who during the incident had been bitten by a dog.

Finally we stood back and again watched an amazing electrical storm over Old Harry.

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.