Wednesday, 3 June 2009

A Difficult Weekend.

It was a bit of a busy and difficult weekend in for the Swanage Coastguard Team as you can see from the log below. (The log is from our main website

31 May: The Patrol backed up by several other members of the team assisted Dorset Police and South West Ambulance with an incident within the dunes at Studland.
Tasked: IRT + Dorset Police & South Western Ambulance
Team: A. Rockett, J. Bentham, R. Curtis, G. Kitching, B. Craker

30 May: Just as everyone was about to leave the scene of the fallen climber, the Station Officer requested the ILB return to check a canoe …kayak! which seemed to be having trouble getting back to Swanage. The ILB was soon back and confirmed the occupant was requesting assistance as the conditions were getting worse. Swanage ILB brought the male back into Swanage.
Tasked: IRT + Swanage ILB
Team: I. Brown

30 May: Just before 7pm tonight the Swanage BURT was requested to attend the area known as cattle troughs after a climber had fallen. Rescue 106 was tasked and was soon on scene assisting the climber, Swanage ILB had launched and two of the lifeboat crew assisted the winchman get the casualty into the stretcher. The casualty was flown to Dorchester hospital for treatment, whilst the BURT assisted others involved in the incident back to the top of the cliff and back to their vehicles.
Tasked: BURT + Rescue 106 & Swanage ILB
Team: I. Brown, A. Rockett, J. Bentham, P. Brown, B. Craker, E. Hudson, G. Kitching

30 May: Whilst on patrol the DSO was flagged down by a member of the public stating their daughter had been stung by a jelly fish. The child was reacting to the sting so an ambulance was requested to treat her.
Tasked: IRT + South Western Ambulance Trust
Team: A. Rockett

Sadly the climber who fell on Saturday appears to be very poorly, while Sunday saw the team helping with the recovery of a body found in the dunes. The local paper is reporting that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Monday saw the sad news up the coast at Beachy Head, which there is little you can say.

Our thoughts to the Eastbourne Coastguard Team for what must have been a dreadful day for them.

Above:-Beachy Head at Sunset

A more upbeat Blog tomorrow.

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