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.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Dog and Owner Located safe

A fisherman returning from Blackers Hole called Coastguard after hearing a dog in a distressed state near to Belle Vue Farm. 

Concerned the owner may have been injured or stuck somewhere, the National Maritime Operations Centre tasked the team to search the area. 

Both Swanage RNLI lifeboats who were on exercise were tasked to search the cliff in case a climber was stuck. The St Albans Coastguard team were requested to assist in the search around Dancing Ledge. 

Coastguard officers located the dog near to Spyway Barn and shortly after found the owner who had been out searching for their dog for over two hours.   With everyone confirmed safe all units were stood down. 

Sunday, 29 September 2019

A call with good intent

On Saturday , three Coastguard teams from St Albans , Kimmeridge and Swanage were tasked to Chapmans Pool for a possible unexploded shell.

On arrival it certainly looked like a shell however a closer inspection and it was confirmed to be a polystyrene fishing marker. 

A further item was located further around the beach but again on closer inspection this turned out to be an old pipe. 

Both these items looked like unexploded ordnance and the persons who located them were right not to get too close and call the Coastguard via 999.  

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

An early and late call

A 999 call from the Anvil Point emergency phone had two of the team heading to check the area at 5am.

The weather at the time was poor with heavy rain and poor visibility.   The phone and area were checked with nothing found.  The call was put down to the weather conditions.

Just after 9pm , Dorset Police requested assistance at Studland with a search. The team deployed again in heavy rain to search areas.  Just before 10pm the Police confirmed the male had been located  safely and not in the Studland area.