Saturday, 10 December 2016

Check your kit, know your climb, stay safe

After Wednesdays incident we would like to offer some advice with the approaching holidays coming.
Ensure the activity is within your capabilities , check and double check you are where you think you are if you are using a guide.

Check with local people if you are unsure.

Take the right safety equipment

Have a back up plan ..... What if plan !

Ensure people know where you are and if you aren't back at an agreed time call the Coastguard.

We want people to enjoy the area for the right reasons.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Walker Injured on Coast Path

At 2pm yesterday,  the volunteers of Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were back in action,  just 12 hours after closing down the previous cliff rescue.

On this occasion a young lady had slipped awkwardly on the SW Coast Path between the Western Mile Markers and Dancing Ledge; in doing so she had injured her ankle badly and was unable to walk.

Accessing via the tracks near Verney Farm, the teams stabilised the lady, monitored her condition and kept her warm.  With no ambulance available, the responders from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue brought in pain relief and the Coastguard helicopter was summoned to evacuate the casualty. However, on arrival the mist had descended so low that the helicopter was unable to land and had to return to base.

We always have a 'Plan B' to cover all eventualities, and with light rapidly diminishing and temperatures falling, the lady was soon conveyed by 4x4 (many thanks to the National Trust for your help) back to the Farm where an ambulance was by now standing by to take over her care.

Another good example of multi - agency working and being responsive to a changing situation. We wish the lady a speedy recovery.


Thursday, 8 December 2016

5 climbers rescued from Guillemot ledge

Five climbers have been rescued safe and well from cliffs near Swanage in a four hour rescue.

HM Coastguard were alerted to the five and requested the launch of both Swanage RNLI lifeboats and Coastguard rescue teams from Swanage and St Albans.

The five climbers were stuck on the base of the cliffs at Guillemot Ledge which is east of Dancing Ledge.

Sea conditions were rough but the crew of the RNLI inshore lifeboat managed to get ashore and confirmed the climbers were OK. Due to the sea conditions it was considered safer to recover the climbers using the Coastguard teams.

The location is a difficult cliff area but two Coastguard Rescue Officers descended the cliffs and started the technically demanding rescue , recovering one climber at a time.

Each climber was checked out as they were recovered to the top of the cliff before the Coastguard took them back to their vehicles having offered some safety advice.

All rescue units have now returned to their stations.

Our thanks as ever to all those involved in tonight's rescue.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Another from the history files

Another photo from our files, we thing this at Old Harry.

The equipment and protective clothing may have changed a little over the years ?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A little fresh on the front

For those just venturing or thinking about it .......

A nice strong fresh ( cold) easterly blowing this morning

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Studland Beach

Not quite today , but we regularly patrol the beaches to ensure things haven't washed up.

Coastal or Maritime Emergency 999 Coastguard

Friday, 2 December 2016

Training at Night

Not all our incidents come during daylight hours, so neither is our training.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Helicopter Stats

This chart shows where the UK's search & rescue helicopters were deployed in the period July - September 2016, and you can see several dots in the Swanage area.

In all, we worked alongside the Coastguard helicopter 8 times in that period, plus a ninth occasion supporting the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

In October and November we were in action with the helicopter a further four times. Mostly, we get to see Rescue 106 flying from Portland, but we also work with Rescue 104 from Lee on Solent on occasions

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Teams called to Old Harry

Two volunteer Coastguard teams and two volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews were tasked to Old Harry this afternoon.

The Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams along with both RNLI lifeboats were requested to search for a missing male.

Despite searching for over two hours, nothing was located.
The rescue units have been stood down pending any further information.