More photos from Thursday's mud rescue training with our colleagues from Poole.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Well we would like to reassure everyone that it was a training exercise involving the Swanage and Poole Coastguard teams.
What the teams were practising was a mud rescue. The Poole team are the area mud rescue team with members of the Swanage team able to assist if required.
The set up in the park enabled us to lay all the equipment out in the slightly safer and less muddier conditions that Poole Harbour has to offer.
Thanks to the Poole team for coming over tonight.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017
A climber had fallen whilst climbing and hit the cliff face, injuring her leg.
The teams assisted the paramedic winchman and South Western Ambulance paramedic with the female climber before carrying her to the waiting aircraft.
Rescue 106 from Portland landed in the quarry.
Coastguard Rescue Officers guided by the winchman to the waiting aircraft - photos by the Field Family.
As the helicopter was waiting for the casualty , the crew spotted two further climbers who may have been in difficulty.
A further team were sent to investigate with both Coastguard teams searching from Hedbury quarry to Blackers Hole with nothing found.
Having completed the search the team were then asked to check for a yacht in Swanage bay.
The yacht had been towed to Swanage last week by the lifeboat and was reported as leaving. Contact has been lost with the owner and the Coastguard wanted to ensure all was ok.
The bay was checked with no sign of the yacht.
One of the great things about living at the coast or visiting the area is the range of possibilities for taking your dog for a really long walk or run.
But please make sure you both come back safe.
Around this time of year we are often called to reports of dogs over cliffs, usually because they've chased a bird or young rabbit towards the edge and always because they haven't been on a lead.
Always keep your dog on a lead on or near cliff edges and if your dog does go over, don't be tempted to try and Rescue it yourself - you'll only put yourself in danger. Remember 999 Coastguard.
If you are on the beaches in the area you must keep your dog under control. Restrictions on leads vary from beach to beach in Studland and Swanage as well as seasonal variations. Some local beaches forbid dogs totally in the summer - please check.
And even off the lead, your dog must still be under control. You might think it's being friendly, but not everyone appreciates or is even comfortable with a random dog bounding up to them and leaping up, even if it's only saying hello!
If you do have concerns about dogs out of control at beaches, speak to the National Trust rangers at Studland or the Town Council Dog Warden at Swanage.
Friday, 17 March 2017
The incidents over the weekend were mainly caused by the mud and people slipping over.
The mud also caused some issues getting to and from the incident especially for our colleagues on their return journey.
From the moment the pagers were activated, the volunteers coastguard teams rolled off the station in nine minutes.
That's including travelling to the station kitting up and proceeding.
It took us a further quarter of an hour to get to the injured person and this was as we had to leave the vehicles parked and went on foot due to the ground conditions.
Using a specialist vehicle from the National Trust the recovery of the injured male and equipment was greatly sped up and a lot safer
Ground condition at the moment are very wet so please take care if out walking.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
The team were called last night to a report of a white flashing light under Ballard.
On arrival at Sheps Hollow the team could see a large yacht at anchor just off shore.
The yacht was monitored and The UK Coastguard tried to contact the yacht via VHF radio to ensure all was well.
With no further sign of a problem and no sign of a further flashing light , the team were stood down.
Monday, 13 March 2017
Yesterday the team headed up to Durlston and exercised in a difficult location by the view point.
We have to balance the sensitive environmental location with ensuring we can set up should an incident happen.
Whilst we normally use stake holdfasts , yesterday we looked at urban and nature holdfasts ( trees for example).
We hadn't quite finished when our first call came in and we had to pack up quickly.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Within five minutes the first team members arrived to find an ambulance crew tending to a male with a dislocated ankle.
In an almost rerun of yesterday's incident the rest of the team arrived with a stretcher and soon were carrying the patient to the ambulance. Thankfully compared to yesterday's incident the distance was in metres not over half a mile.
Just as the team had completed the stretcher lift , the team were requested to proceed to Old Harry Rocks and a report of a vessel aground.
The team split up with some going to Old Harry and the others to the NCI lookout.
On arrival at the lookout the team could see a dark object in the water and waited to get a team above to confirm what it was.
The team arrived at the top of the cliff and confirmed it was a large rock.
A quick debrief over "brunch" and the volunteers returned to station for an hours cleaning duties.