Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Missing Child had walked 2 Miles

The full team was called yesterday evening to assist Dorset Police in a search for a 5 year old child who had gone missing from Knoll Beach in Studland.

The young lad was found an hour after he was first noticed missing by a concerned member of public some two miles away at Shell Bay.

With a Bank Holiday weekend approaching and some scorching temperatures, the beaches are currently packed with families and it's more important than ever for parents to keep a close eye on their children, as they so easily vanish into a crowd. And as we saw yesterday, even at a steady pace, children can soon find themselves a fair distance away.

Think about agreeing a place to rendezvous and/or a child's wristband with your name and mobile number on it

Emergency at the Coast -  #999Coastguard

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Helicopter Operations

One of our Blog readers has sent us some video clips of the Coastguard Rescue helicopter busy at a medical incident on Swanage beach last week.

Andy Worboys, who took the videos from outside the Spa Beach Huts says "We holiday in Swanage every year all the way from North Yorkshire, have done so for our anniversary every year since 1985, and it's worth every one of the 340 miles to get here, not least because of it's local people who live and work and obviously love this wonderful town. Thank you all."

Thank you Andy, for coming to see us, for your kind words and for the clips.

In Video 1, the winchman is dropped from the helicopter into the Swanage RNLI Inshore lifeboat, and brought into the beach from there.  This avoids blowing sand everywhere by hovering above the beach itself.

In Video 2, the helicopter lowers a stretcher in preparation for a casualty lift. Again the ILB stands by to recover it, but the helo crew drop it precisely and accurately at the waters edge.  Although it's difficult to see, the CG team had cleared a large area of beach by this time to facilitate this operation. Our own stretcher is capable of being winched, but where possible the helicopter crew prefer to use their own.

In Video 3, the helicopter has landed, and the casualty has been secured and moved a few hundred yards by road for helicopter transfer to hospital. It's much easier to load a stretcher when the helo is stationary and on the ground, rather than winching it in whilst hovering. We see the helicopter take off and head for Dorchester.

We must remind onlookers that helicopter operations can be dangerous, and the down draught from being too close can knock people off their feet as well as sending sand, grit, dirt and other shot media into faces and eyes.  When we ask you to keep back, it is for your safety as well as the safety of those conducting the operation.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Six Deaths at the Coast

A sad weekend, including one death in Dorset, as reported by the BBC News Website.

Take care at or near the coast and keep an eye on changing weather conditions.

In an emergency, Dial 999 and ask for Coastguard.   #999Coastguard

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Special snacks

It seems the team now have snacks named after them. These were found in the vehicle after a call out this week.

Check the weather

This was the weather and sea conditions yesterday at Anvil Point.

The patrol checked key areas of the patch yesterday when the unusual August arrived

Check the weather and tides

Coastal Emergency 999 Coastguard

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Are you on firm ground ?

Our colleagues down at West Bay had a serious incident this week when a large section of cliff fell away.

Thankfully no one was injured but the Coastguard continue to warn of the dangers of Cliffs and cliff edges.

The above photo was taken this week near to Old Harry , please take care near cliff edges.

Coastal emergency ? 999 Coastguard

Friday, 19 August 2016

The last patrol

A rather sad day for us yesterday , Kyle headed out on probably his last patrol in the Coastguard before emigrating down under.

We thought we would head up to Ballard , our highest point in the patch before he starts his new life upside down !

When we headed back to Swanage we were liaising with an ambulance crew when they asked us to assist with an incident on Shore Road.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Sun Shines and more incidents

Another day and another busy day for the volunteers of Swanage Coastguard yesterday.

The team were paged on the request of Dorset Police to assist in a search for a missing 4 year old at Knoll Beach.

On route the Police confirmed they had found the little girl at Middle Beach so the team were released.

However the team heard the RNLI ILB being tasked to a person in the water off Knoll Beach so continued to get an early view of what was occurring.

The small Orkney boat was spotted and the inshore lifeboat was directed on to the boat. there was concern for a person in the water but it appears they had been trying to sort an engine fault. The lifeboat towed the boat to Poole.

As that was happening the team were approached by a lady with a very distressed young child who appeared to have been stung. The team assisted along with National Trust Staff.

Now the news is the weather is changing and for Friday strong winds and rain ..... Check the forecast.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Keep an eye on your children

After yesterday's incident with a missing 5 year old the team headed out to distribute wrist bands and safety information to beach visitors.

Kit bag loaded with first aid kit , wrist bands and water.

The team carried out a small first aid incident after someone got stung.

Stay safe on the beach

Keep an eye on children

In an emergency call 999 Coastguard.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Woman falls into old quarry

Swanage Coastguard , St Albans Coastguard , Dorset Police , South Western Ambulance were tasked 500 metres west of Anvil Point to a lady fallen in an old quarry in Durlston Country Park.

Paramedics arrived and requested assistance after the 63 year female suffered spinal and neck injuries, having tripped and then fallen 15 feet into the base of old quarry.

Rescue 106 from Portland arrived on scene and with everyone working together transferred the female to the aircraft and on to Southampton Hospital.