Sunday, 22 July 2018

School's Out!

As the schools break up for the summer, there seems to be no break in the beautiful  summer weather.

This weekend was another glorious one in Swanage although you'll see in our picture from Sunday how the greenery has turned decidedly yellow.  Take care with BBQs, camping stoves, naked flames etc as everywhere is tinder dry.

This weekend's patrols were both busy - on Saturday we attended a diving incident where the diver had been airlifted to hospital after surfacing too quickly, whilst Sunday's patrol were alerted to a young man who'd slipped from a pleasure boat and sustained a nasty gash on the back of his head. The wound was cleaned and the bleeding stemmed before he was also taken to hospital.

We wish both individuals a speedy recovery.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Don’t jump into the unknown

We don’t want to spoil people’s fun during the summer but please think about jumping off jetties, quays and piers.

The team were called two nights ago to offer some advice to a group on the pier.

We know it’s fun but do you know how deep the water is ? Do you know what is underneath the water.

Stay safe

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Call to group Tomb-stoning

The team were called tonight by concerned members of the public about a group “ tomb-stoning” from the pier.

Tombstone is a term given to someone jumping into the sea from a high point. Doing this can lead to serious injury especially as in this case it was near the pier that has some major construction work being done at the moment.

The groups were given some advice about the dangers both from jumping or from hidden objects under the water.

If you see some in danger or out to see , call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Exercise interrupted by real incident

The Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were exercising tonight just off the Parish Slipway when they were alerted to an incident on the stone quay.

The water rescue exercise of a person fallen from the sea wall suddenly took a twist for real when a 55 year old male jumped down off the wall at the stone quay landing 5 feet below injuring his ankles.

The teams immediately provided first aid and treated the male for a potential spinal and neck injury along with his ankles.

An ambulance was tasked and with the help of the Coastguard recovered him back over the sea wall to the ambulance.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Team called to collapsed people

The team had an early call on Sunday morning with a male struggling to breath close to the Anvil Point lighthouse.

On arrival the team provided first aid until the arrival of the Durlston Rangers buggy which helped move the casualty to the road.

With an ambulance on scene it would appear having got hot walking to the site and then jumping into the sea this may have cause a sudden reaction to the coldwater.

Later in the day the patrol were tasked to a report of a collapsed male at Sheps Hollow.
On arrival the person was located and confirmed ok. A very small grass fire caused by a discarded cigarette was also put out after which the male left the area.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Hot afternoon at Studland

Another busy time for the Coastguard this afternoon.

The first incident was to provide some support to a young girl who was taken ill on the beach at Studland.

A missing 5 year old sparked a search on Studland beach. Along with national trust staff the patrol searched the beach until a member of the public located the child about half a mile away. All were reunited and given some safety advice.

As the afternoon drew to a close the patrol and full team were tasked to Shell Bay to assist the ambulance service. A Male had dived into swallow water injuring his neck so along with the Poole lifeboat crew the Male was carried to the ambulance.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

When England play ....

The scene last week when England was playing football....

The usual busy view point over looking Poole Harbour was almost empty !

At least the queue for the ice cream van wasn’t long !

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Swimmer rescued at Poole Harbour entrance

A swimmer had a lucky escape this afternoon when they got into difficulties near to the chain ferry.

Poole Inshore Lifeboat launched along with Coastguard teams from Swanage and Poole tasked to investigate.

On arrival the Swanage Coastguard team were pointed to the direction of the male and managed to spot the swimmer struggling in the water.
A small passing boat went to the swimmers assistance but were unable to recover him aboard.
The Coastguard team directed the lifeboat to the swimmer who took him aboard and ashore to North Haven.

Due to the condition of the swimmer an ambulance was requested and conveyed the male to hospital.

The swimmer had started his swim at shell bay when he was swept across the path of the chain ferry.
He was lucky to be spotted with rescue units close by to rescue him.

Due to the strong current it is not advisable to swim near to the harbour entrance.

Coastal emergency dial 999 - Coastguard.

How to call the Coastguard

So if you decide to head to the coast. ( to avoid the football)

See someone in trouble or need assistance.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018


The Station Officer and Deputy joined forces with the Neighbourhood Police Team last week to brief the wardens at  Studland.
The National Trust employs its own Rangers and these are supplemented in the summer by a private security firm. Last week's meeting gave us all a chance to agree the common approach on calling the emergency services and how we could expect each other to respond in a  variety of incidents such as missing children, the discovery of ordnance, antisocial behaviour etc.  It's good to get these protocols established at the start of the season and we look forward to another successful summer with the NT.