Sunday, 31 August 2008
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Pointing at the Fire Bucket Button
Member of Public: ‘What’s that button do?’
Pilot : ‘Dunno, I haven’t pressed it yet.’
Member of Public:’ No seriously, what’s it do?
Pilot ‘Seriously, I don’t know.’
The Boss kept the lifeboat chaps off the ‘copter …“Get your sticky hands off my Chopper!”
While Austen was nearly spotted doing a catalogue pose.
Yesterday that work was meant to start, however despite a good search of each tree I couldn't find a tree surgeon stuck up in any of them!
Monday, 25 August 2008
Giving out ‘SeaSmart’ goodies to the kids:-
42 Magnetic badges
76 Goody Bags
217 SeaSmart Beach thing-ami-bobs
…and 519 key rings.
Not a bad patrol, good PR, happy kids and less stuff to move to our new Station in a few months time! Everyone's a winner!
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Friday, 22 August 2008
Can I just confirm that the Industrial Action by our colleagues in the Rescue Co ordination Centres does not involve any Coastguard Rescue Officers.
We all remain on call and will be doing our normal patrols and duties over the weekend.
Members of the public are reminded to continue to dial 999, and ask for Coastguard if persons are seen in trouble or you are in trouble yourself at sea or along the coast.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Monday, 18 August 2008
Whilst it is a great opportunity for photo's lets not forget the skill it takes to put the winchman down and also hold a boat in position whilst the helicopter's downdraft is blowing you all over the place.Thats one cool view, from the door of the aircraft.
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Saturday, 16 August 2008
This years "summer" holiday was Weymouth, a site visit ready for the 2012 Olympics. Good camping site with good views of Portland and the sailing academy
The hanger in the middle of the picture is the Coastguard helicopter hanger at Portland, lots of work going on down there ready for 2012.
Sadly whilst the view was good, yet again the weather was not and with the wind blowing a gale 8 most of the time, we visited RCC Portland on Tuesday night to warm up (Thanks Mark (Big boss of the Operation Room) for allowing us to use the facilities). We packed up camping and went down to my sisters bed and breakfast in Dartmouth.
After a much better nights sleep we headed off to visit the area, and got as far as the new lifeboat station, where we were kindly invited in by Rob Clement the Operations manager for coffee.
Dartmouth lifeboat crew had very similar problems with building their new station as we had with ours(not quite 6 years).
I even got some ideas for lockers for us!
Dartmouth lifeboat have a web site at
Well back home now, ready for Swanage Lifeboat Day tomorrow (Sunday) and to log on to E bay to see if I can get a Coastguard tram for Swanage, that's cool!
Finally only 23 days to start of building!
Friday, 15 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
Basically we have a special pack that would be used and the point of the training was to go over what was in the pack. As usual there was the lighter side during the training, when the team discussed things that could go wrong.John is in the "2nd slip" position just in case....and for all those worried mothers out there about to visit the Purbecks...no they are not standard gloves!
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Even if you just count the volunteers that have used the building that's 217 people, and there have been many regular Officers that have used it, if only the building could talk??
So what next for this grand old building......well having spoken to Alan Leeson (Town Clerk) there aren't any plans, just yet. Although the building belongs to the Coastguard, the land its on belongs to the Town Council, so once we vacate, it will be handed back to the Town Council.
The wise step is that Alan wishes us to be safe in the new building first before the council discusses what will happen.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Thursday, 7 August 2008
The building work for the new station will start on the 8th September and hopefully be finished by 8th December (subject to contracts and the legal bits)
This is excellent news for the team, and special thanks need to go to all the project team who have been working on this for 4 years!
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Dave himself turned his skills to his other passion, photography and has regularly had pictures displayed on TV and in the Echo newspaper
Dave kindly sent this picture of the Red Arrows helicopter landing in the school field last week.
To see his other work have a look at his web site
Monday, 4 August 2008
Sunday, 3 August 2008
Portland Coastguard HQ: Southborne Coastguard you are tasked to assist in the recovery of a personal watercraft just south of Hengistbury Head. Mudeford Lifeboat has been launched, over.
Southborne Coastguard: Roger, can you confirm details over?
Portland Coastguard HQ: Be on the look out for a personal watercraft in the form of a black and white jet ski, over.
Southborne Coastguard -Out of breath from running: We are with the informant and can see the jet ski 500m to the south; it looks a funny shape, over.
5 minutes later.
Mudeford Lifeboat: Portland Coastguard we are on scene and can confirm it is a whale, over.
Portland Coastguard HQ: Is it definitely a whale? Is it not a personal watercraft, over.
Mudeford Lifeboat: Affirmative, its both.
Portland Coastguard HQ: It’s been a long day and I’m confused now. Is it a whale or is it a personal watercraft? Over.
Mudeford Lifeboat: We confirm it is a personal watercraft – an inflatable Killer Whale, over.
Portland Coastguard HQ: Please could you pick up the offending inflatable Killer Whale and dispose of it, over.
Mudeford Lifeboat - Laughing: Roger that, we will ‘Free Willy’ on return to station; out.
And the moral of the story? Well there isn’t one other than please be careful when using inflatables when there is an off shore breeze- The Swanage Team have already help rescue one inflatable this week.
Postscript: The very next day! - No seriously!
Portland Coastguard HQ: Mudeford Lifeboat, there is another inflatable killer whale floating off Hengistbury Head, would you please recover, over.
Saturday, 2 August 2008
One incident short of last years July, 16 this year compared to 17 last year, the incidents have been some what more involved and certainley longer. Who would have thought a Coastguard team being sent to a major incident on the ferry road with an over turned bus? As can be seen above our role in this is to assist in landing the helicopters and casualty moving. Already a senior officer of Dorset Police has sent her thanks for the efforts on the day.
The team in July put in a massive 428.5 hours, this includes incidents, care of the equipment, training, accident prevention, PR and admin.
Thank you to all the team for their efforts.
Friday, 1 August 2008
Now all we need is a couple of cup holders and we are well happy.