Wednesday, 31 December 2008
At number three we have Austen at Swanage Carnival; this photo never fails to make me laugh. The reason? .Well Austen didn’t know he was being photographed! No seriously he didn’t. Lord knows what he’s doing?
At number two, the rescue at Chapman’s Pool. The Swanage Team were called to back up the St Alban's Coastguard Team, after a chap and his dog drove over the cliff. (Both were ok in the end). It was a beautiful Sunday morning and we turned up to find the helicopter below us, allowing this photo.
And number one….the Coastguard / RNLI / Swanage Sea Rowing Club ‘Joint Rescue’ in the summer. The photo was snatched at arms length behind the photographer's back, without even looking at the viewfinder. It shows the Rowing Club Gig ‘Old Harry’ in the background and was a great example of how this community pull together- what we do best.
Happy New Year all.
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
15th June , saw us working with St Albans and Kimmeridge teams when a car drove over the cliff, the male was found him the next morning and airlifted him to hospital
30th June, the team were tasked to Ballard and a male who had fallen down part of the cliff. This was the 1st time we got close to the helicopter! (real close).29th July, some of the team were in action with the helicopter again!, two people airlifted to hospital after nearly drowning at Studland. The helicopter landed in the garden of one of the houses in Studland, then after the team members had tea on the lawn with the owners of the house!
Monday, 29 December 2008
Its been an interesting year for us, here's just a few of our incidents that we have dealt with during the year.
On the 20th January we had a visitor, a dolphin!
A large crowd turned up whilst a member of the public helped it back out to sea.
The 27th January saw a tragic incident at Anvil Point, A climber fell, friends went in to help him. He was airlifted to hospital along with one of his friends where sadly he passed away.
As we were dealing with that incidents a female fell 100 metres away leaving her daughter on the top of the cliff, sadly she died also.
The 27th January was a very long day for the team and probably one of the saddest.
6th April, Dorset Police requested assistance in searching for two walkers missing on a heath at Studland, the IRT drove in and around locating them and taking them back to their B&B in Harmans Cross.
22 March saw this item discovered on Studland Beach. Still live after 60 years , the bomb disposal unit dealt with it.
Sunday, 28 December 2008
24 hours a day 7 days a week there are always 2 people on call to attend any immediate incident called the initial response team or IRT, anyone else available that day makes up the Back up response team (BURT).
As volunteers we are not contracted to remain in Swanage or to be on call, we "offer" to be available.
Having only 13 in the team, sometimes (as last night) we really get short, we have lives and not all of us sit at home waiting for the pager.
So last night, with at least 2 of the team working night shifts, 3 out of town visiting family, 1 with flu and others with family down (parties etc) it does get tight and when that happens we ask for back up from our colleagues at St Albans, and vice verse sometimes.
All Coastguards station try their best to provide 24 hour cover, but due to the geographical location of stations, people have to go shopping or go to work further away and this at times puts a little strain on the system.
There is always a back up!
Saturday, 27 December 2008
Friday, 26 December 2008
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Where ever you are today, spare a thought for them, many leaving their families at home.
Take care this festive period, Merry Christmas
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
The above link takes you to NORAD, a company that is tracking Father Christmas around the world, watch whilst he makes his deliveries.
Things will be a little bit different next year, the kitchen will be a bit bigger for a start!
And there will be some where to sit and talk instead of having to move the vehicle out the garage!
Merry Christmas Chaps
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Monday 22nd December 07:45 - Beer Head, Seaton, Devon. A 21 year old bloke tries to BASE jump off a cliff. Thankfully he will be joining his family for Christmas.
Maddy Davey, of Portland Coastguard, said: "I am pleased to say that the base jumper was uninjured by his ordeal. He was very fortunate there were other solo jumpers in the vicinity and they were able to raise the alarm."The operation to rescue this man was carried out with superb skill and professionalism by the Beer Coastguard rescue team," she said.
Well done to the Beer Team!
http://www.beercoastguard.org/ (website under construction)
Monday, 22 December 2008
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Saturday, 20 December 2008
In what could be considered our "2nd" podcast, Mr Bentham (No 3 in charge) shows us what happens when his pager goes off....
Thanks to Coral for sending this in......perhaps hes just getting excited for Christmas?
Children, please note that the Swanage Coastguard team condones any sort of "bouncing on the bed" its dangerous!
Friday, 19 December 2008
O yes.....2 hours of fun, the Lego Coastguard helicopter, just wish my girls would give it back to me now to play with.
Ramps up to the public toilets
Cladding around the roof now finished off, front door on, garage doors going on during Monday, site being cleared up ......anyone seen Southern Electric?
Thursday, 18 December 2008
A smoke pyro has been let off to allow the helicopter pilot to gauge the wind direction and strength during landing. A nice bright orange so the chap can see it... you try and stand upwind so you don't get covered in orange dye!
And why the term 'popped smoke'??? Well in the heat of a rescue earlier this year someone (nameless) radio'd into the helicopter on its final run in and shouted 'Rescue 106 we've Popped Smoke!' only to find the smoke didn't go off and the team bursting into laughter! Popped smoke indeed!
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
It would appear that some ‘nefarious persons unknown’ had forced the fence in two places, perhaps with a view to coming back later.
Gareth: ‘Do the Police know we are in here?’
Austen: ‘Yeah, Ian’s sorted it. Why do you ask?’
Gareth: ‘Because a cop car has just turned up!’
Policeman: ‘Hello-hello-hello’ (no he didn’t say this, it just sounds good) ‘Oh it’s only you two! That’s alright I’ll call off the Hairy Alligator Team that’s just left Blandford’
Gareth: ‘Hairy Alligators?’
Policeman: ‘Yeah I saw two guys poncing around with torches, so I called in the dog team!'
Austen: 'Flippin Heck! that was lucky!! do you know how quick one of those dogs is!'
Gareth: 'To be fair Austen it doesn't matter how quick the dog is, .....I've only got to outrun you!
Monday, 15 December 2008
This year Terry approached me to make things a little more official. In memory of our great friend Mike "Spike" Williamson, Terry purchased a miniature sexton and wished it to be awarded to the Swanage Coastguard who has put in the most effort during the year.
The plan will normally be the team will decide in a private ballot every year, however this year , being the Station Officer, I pulled rank and requested that this year the award be given to one person who in my opinion has really held the team together, got on with the job despite one of his family being very ill.
This years Mike "Spike" Williamson award for outstanding service to Swanage went to
The DSO Austen Rockett.
Life as the DSO is no fun, you are stuck, carrying out the Station Officers requests, and listening to the team requests, Austen has been a great support to me, covering me whilst I have been at work, keeping the station and equipment clean, and getting on with it despite one of his daughters having a major operation. Austen always has a smile on his face and does that little bit extra where required to keep the team going. He has lead the team out on several occasions, this year to some serious incidents (the bus crash) and the feed back that I got back was nothing but praise.
Well done Austen, you really do deserve this award.
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Some entered into the spirit of things as usual, let hope Terry does get some new ear rings for Christmas!
Austen and Gareth up to no good as usual.......planning something I think!!
At the end of the night we held a small presentation, and someone got a very nice award, more on this in the week.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
With permission of the Police, all emergency vehicles proceeded to Broad Road Car Park to a report of a car accident........
The scenario set up was that 4 young people were stuck in a crashed car, and there was a demonstration by the Services to show how they deal this these types of accidents.
Well in Dorset alone this week 5 people have lost their lives on the roads, the idea of this display was to show the younger drivers what happens in an emergency and encourage them to drive more carefully and responsibly.
This initiative was lead by Dorset Fire and Rescue and Dorset Police and will be used throughout the county.
So why did the Coastguard attend.......?
In Swanage we support our colleagues in the other services, you only have to think about the bus incident at Studland, our role would be to set up a landing site for a helicopter, or assist in the first aid of the casualties.
There must have been about 70 people watching and as it was filmed other young drivers will be shown it....
Well done to all those involved
Friday, 12 December 2008
It was like a freezer down there, I didn't take my coat off.
1) Update paperwork (you can see the folder on the bench, as that's where the heater is)
2) Make coffee
3) Empty bins
4) Phone Council to grit road as it was like a staking ring outside the door.
5) Another coffee, as it was cold
6) Sector Manager turned up, returning life jackets
7) Abandon station, too cold
8) Visit New building and measure up for new bits......it was warmer up there with out the doors!
I remember why we need to move now.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
This is the next most important room in the building (after my office) and the one that we have never had before.....the toilet!
Some sad news that Lionel, the site manager of the project from the start has moved on.
On behalf of the team, thank you Lionel for your time and efforts up there, we shall miss your humour and teaching of the building trade!
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Then at Midnight, Austen phoned me to say they had been called out (We like to share this vital information what ever time of the day) to a report of two people who failed to return from swimming at Dancing Ledge. With the area to search quite large, he was going to request the team if required however as time went on thankfully the pair were located safe and well in a local pub!!!!
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Saturday, 6 December 2008