Sunday, 22 October 2017

Water Rescue Training

The team took advantage of a beautiful sunny morning and some choppy seas today to practice water rescue techniques in the breaking waves.

We used the 'wedge' and the 'huddle' to maintain stability in the swell and practiced causalty recovery by both floating stretcher and by rope following a tethered swim by the rescuer

After a really good morning's work, our SCOO gave us the good news that he had seen us demonstrate all the competencies required to revalidate the team in Water Rescue for three more years.

Thanks to Hellie Ridler for the photos.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Brian arrived

The patrol headed out this morning to monitor the high tide and the arrival of Brian.

Stone Quay

Studland - Knoll Beach

Anvil Point

Durlston Bay

Friday, 20 October 2017

Brian is on the way

The Met Office has issued a weather warning and named the storm 'Brian'

04:00 on Saturday until 23:59 on Saturday
A spell of strong southwesterly winds is expected. Some coastal routes and communities are likely to be affected by large waves, with potential for flooding of properties. Some transport disruption is likely across the warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. Short term loss of power and other services is also possible.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Portuguese Man of War washed up

A number of objects which appear to be Portuguese Man of War jellyfish have been washed up at Ocean Bay this afternoon and we are advising swimmers and walkers - including pets being walked - to take care.
Large numbers of these have been appearing along the South Coast in recent weeks and today seems to be Swanage's turn.
The Portuguese Man of War has a very painful sting and potentially fatal venom.

The photos below were taken between Groynes 6 and 7 but please take care all along the beach.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

On Patrol

Coastguards SW06 and SW07 photographed on patrol on Ballard Down this afternoon, courtesy of a passing cyclist.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Sunny Morning

It's a beautiful Autumn morning in Purbeck as these photos show - taken by Coastguard Austen at Studland earlier. 

If you're out and about on the Coast today, have a great day and stay safe.
Keep an eye on the tides and watch out for slippery footpaths if you're walking.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Pride of Britain

We thought we should share the good news that one of the team has reached the regional finals of ITV's Pride of Britain Award.

Station Officer Ian Brown was nominated earlier this year and is one of four finalist that will be featured this week on ITV Meridians News at 6pm.

The nomination by Peter Wakefield is for the voluntary work carried out in the last two years on the Swanage Community Defibrillator Partnership

Working with four others at the start , the project set out to provide four Defibrillators in the community however it's slightly exceed expectations providing twenty devices thanks to the massive public support.

The partnership has grown and has nearly twenty volunteers assisting in maintaining and the education of their use in an emergency.

The programme will also feature Ian's other voluntary work in the Coastguard which has spanned 26 years of service.

Ian said " on behalf of the partnership and Coastguard I am very proud to have been nominated for such a special award.
I am very lucky to work with quite a few equally minded people who achieve so much in the community"

ITV Meridian News 6pm to 6.30pm

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Coastguard team locate missing male

At 00.04 Solent Coastguard tasked the team to assist Dorset Police in a search for a male at Studland.

The male had been calling police stating he was lost and not feeling well but kept cutting his phone off.

The team arrived at Knoll Beach and carried out a search of the beach along with Police.
The Police helicopter and Police dog handler joined the search which had moved to the Chain Ferry area.

Both Poole RNLI lifeboats launched to search the shoreline around Shell Bay.

Just after 2am a Coastguard search team located the male close to the house boats at Shell Bay. The Coastguard left the male with the Police and returned to the station just before 3 am

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Helicopter Assistance at Durlston

The team has been back in action today assisting an elderly gentleman who'd lost his footing and taken a tumble whilst out walking the Coast Path, and who'd become faint as a result.

Arriving before the medical services, the team stabilised the gentleman and set about checking him over for any physical injuries as well as monitoring his general condition.

The team prepped the stretcher in readiness for a carry out of approx two thirds of a mile, but when it became apparent that the ambulance might be delayed, Rescue Helicopter 175 was despatched along with its winchman paramedic.   The winchman made further checks and although he could find nothing untoward, it was agreed that the gentleman should be assessed in the ambulance which had by now arrived at Anvil Point lighthouse.

skillful work from the helicopter pilot to land on one wheel on the side of a hill, yet keep the machine level
Rather than physically carry the gentleman a fair distance over tricky terrain the helicopter made a single wheel 'light' landing on the sloping hillside sufficient to quickly load the stretcher aboard, and the casualty was then flown the short distance to the ambulance.

Thanks to Steve Richards and Iain Fraser for the photos

Our thanks go to Dorset Police who assisted us on scene today, and to the Dorset Police Rib which relayed our channel 0 VHF communications to the UK Coastguard from its waterborne position below us.