Sunday, 16 December 2018

2018 - Looking Back - February

Out on Patrol in February, Coastguard Eric comes across an obstruction blocking the way!

We also started some new, enhanced first aid training.

February saw 5 callouts taking the tally for the year to 7.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

2018 - Looking Back - January

Its gone a little quieter now, and whilst we haven't so many incidents to tell you about, its a chance to look at what we've been up to all year.

In January we did some vertical rescue training - using our rope rescue equipment to recover individuals trapped down a hole, mine shaft or in between rock armour.

We trained in a sterile environment at Poole Fire Station and then out on the rock armour in Durlston Bay

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The 4th Emergency Service

Returning from a tasking earlier in the week, the team came across a young female with a puncture to her car tyre.

Without hesitation the team stopped to help and soon had the wheel  changed and got the lady on her way.

It was definitely easier with Steve there as when he's not Coastguarding he runs Swanage Tyres, the local tyre centre!  Go and see him and get your own tyres checked before the winter sets in.  He also does batteries and servicing too.  On the industrial estate,  left hand side - you can't miss it.

Wasn't it the AA who coined the '4th Emergency Service' tag? Not this week  they weren't!

Fault Line

The team was out yesterday, responding to a silent call from the emergency phone at Anvil Point.

The phone has no dial but goes straight through to HM Coastguard at the National Maritime Operations Centre whenever it is activated.

Despite a search of the area from Tilly Whim to Cattle Troughs, no one could be found who may have made the call, and when a second call rang in the NMOC, it became apparent that the phone may well be faulty.  Inspection of the cable showed signs of damage, so this was reported to the Country Park and the team stood down.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Slip watch

It’s that time of year when we see the wet weather cause some cliff falls and slips.

These are all active and out advice is to keep clear.

In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Depression, Angst and Support

In recent times the team has seen a sharp rise in the number of  'concern for welfare' incidents where despondent individuals are believed to have deliberately put themselves in harm's way, potentially with a view to taking their own lives. 

We have been called to four such cases in the last 10 days all, thankfully, with a successful outcome.

Life can often seem hard, problems build up and things don't make sense and as a team we never judge - we work with partner agencies to bring the person back into a place of safety where they can talk to someone and get some support. 

There's lots of help out there and if you can't talk with friends and family there are folks out there who offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

There is help and support available
  • Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123. You can also email
  • Papyrus is a dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, you can text 07786 209697 or email
  • NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111. C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any issues they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.

Monday, 12 November 2018

We did remember them

After yesterday’s incident, some members of the team represented HM Coastguard in the Town’s Remembrance parade.

The team joined several hundred others including veterans , other services and military personal.

We shall remember all those civilian and military you have fallen in the conflicts around the World.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

We Will Remember

The scene at the Station this morning,  11th November.

The Coastguard flag flies in memory of all those who gave their lives in conflict.

The team has just returned from an incident on Swanage Downs which resulted in the safe recovery of a casualty at the cliff edge.

Now to clean the muddy boots in time for the parade this afternoon.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Flood barrier monitoring

The Coastguard team provided eight hours of monitoring and safety cover during both high tides yesterday.

Working along side the Environment Agency and Dorset Police the barrier was monitored with several members of the public asked to move away from the closed section for their safety.

Large waves pounded the parade and along shore road.

During the monitoring of the barrier the team were requested to assist Dorset Police with a concern for welfare. Both Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were tasked and searches were carried out on the jetties and pier. As the full teams arrived Police confirmed the incident had been resolved and the teams were stood down.

A final check of the barrier was carried before returning to station around midnight.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Stay safe

A Flood Warning has now been issued for tonight high tide around 9pm in Swanage Bay

The lower high street and part of the square has been closed and this will include some footpaths tonight.

Please respect those closures , they are done for a reason which includes safety.

The large dump bags that form the flood barrier are a trial rather than the previous 700 sandbags that were used. Partner agencies are looking at a long term solution.