Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Volunteering for the community

Coastguard Rescue Officers are all volunteers who when called respond to emergencies.

Whilst the Coastguard Service is a Government Agency the feet on the ground at about 300 stations around the country including Swanage are all volunteers.

In our team we have two trainers , a business advisor , a painter , a night porter, teacher , two business owners , a plant operator , a university student and youth leader. Some would say a big mix of skills but that’s what makes a team.

So it was nice this week to receive letters from two people involved in incidents during the last month thanking the teams for their service especially one for a medical emergency who is recovering well.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Teams tasked to St Albans Head

Both St Albans and Swanage Coastguard teams were tasked to St Albans head this afternoon to a 66 year old having a medical episode.

First aid was provided until an ambulance crew arrived. The Coastguard helicopter Rescue 175 had been tasked and landed nearby to evacuate the lady to hospital.

Swanage Coastguard Rescue Vehicle with Rescue 175

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Two divers airlifted

During the search on Sunday , Solent Coastguard took several 999 calls reporting a person in the water at Winspit.

Search assets were diverted and found two divers in the water struggling in the current.

The pair were airlifted by the Coastguard rescue helicopter and landed with the St Albans Coastguard team at St Albans Head.

Neither divers required medical treatment and were returned to their car near spyway barn.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Search Update

The body of a man and his kayak have been recovered from the water this afternoon 22 nautical miles south of Tyneham.

On Sunday 7 October 2018 following an extensive search coordinated by HM Coastguard, the man – believed to be 60-year-old Alistair Collier – was located in the water alongside his kayak by the coastguard fixed wing aircraft and recovered from the water by HMS Tyne and transferred to Poole Hospital by coastguard helicopter.

The search began yesterday afternoon, Saturday 6 October 2018, when race organisers raised the alarm after the man failed to finish a race, which was running between Knoll Beach and Swanage Pier.

An extensive search was carried out yesterday, overnight and throughout today with RNLI lifeboats from Swanage, Poole, Yarmouth, Mudeford, Bembridge and Weymouth, along with Coastguard Rescue Teams from Swanage, St Albans, Kimmeridge and Lulworth and Dorset Police. Coastguard helicopters from Lee-on-Solent, St Athan and Newquay searched overnight and the coastguard fixed wing aircraft was brought in this morning as the search area widened.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but Alistair’s family have been informed and the coroner has been notified.

We would like to thank everyone who assisted in the search and who has shared the appeal.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Team assist air ambulance

The team assisted the Dorset and Somerset air ambulance this evening at King George’s field.

The crew required access to the field to allow the ambulance near the aircraft.

The team opened up the barriers and assisted with the casualty transfer before securing the field to allow the helicopter to take off.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Early morning call to the pier

The team were called just after 7 am to meet a yacht with a female on board suffering from chest pains.

On arrival at the pier the team provided first aid until the ambulance crew arrived. Having assessed the casualty a decision was made to take her to hospital for further treatment.

The team assisted with the transfer from yacht to pier and then to the ambulance.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Happy Retirement

After 49 years of service , today is the last serving day for Station Officer John Bugler from St Albans Coastguard.

We would like to pay tribute to John and take a moment to say a big thank you for many years of friendship and advice.

At 23.59 tonight, John steps down and hands over to his son Ian.

Both team were tasked yesterday to a person with a possible broken ankle somewhere between Winspit and Seacombe. Despite looking for an hour a further call confirmed the injured person had managed to get to hospital for treatment.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Search at Old Harry

Several Coastguard teams were tasked on Friday to support Dorset Police with a high risk missing persons search.

The team were sent to search Old Harry whilst colleagues searched around Sandbanks.

The missing male from the Swanage area was not located around Old Harry and the search area moved more towards Bournemouth so Swanage team were stood down.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Good luck Bouncer

Today we say good bye to PCSO Iain Leslie aka Bouncer.

Iain has served the area for over 10 years and involved in many joint incidents.

So we take a moment and raise our glass with a massive thank you.

The good news is that’s he’s off to become a Police Officer so maybe he might be back one day.

Last night the team were on exercise and treated Iain to a bit of rope training.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Another week in the Coastguard world

The patrol headed out early yesterday to support the marathons being run along the Purbeck Coast.

Having seen about 500 competitors through Anvil Point they headed to Studland where they were flagged down to a person having chest pains.
With an Ambulance on the way they provided first aid until it arrived.

Earlier in the week the team were called to Dancing Ledge after some clothing was located on one of the ledges. Joined by colleagues from St Albans the area was searched but nothing further was located or anyone reported missing.