Monday, 9 November 2015

Cornwall's Coastguard Stations - An Occasional Series by Occasional Blog

Occasional Blog, AKA Coastguard Nick is down in Cornwall this week and has decided to send us a few pictures from the various Coastguard Stations that he passes.  If he doesn't pass very many stations, it'll be a very occasional series, but lets see how it pans out...!

First off in this exciting new feature, it's Boscastle, which features a small garage for the MRU and a station building located next door at the back of a National Trust holiday cottage.

Boscastle Coastguard Rescue Station was flooded above the height of the doors in August 2004

Readers will recall that 11 years ago, in the summer of 2004, Boscastle was hit by a flash flood which was the result of unseasonally high rainfall on the two valleys that feed the river running through the village.  The river burst its banks, bridges were knocked down, buildings destroyed and cars swept away.  The Coastguard team were kept very bust that day, as well as our own Coastguard Helicopter 'Whiskey Bravo' from Portland, one of seven rescue helicopters in use that day.

There are loads of reports on the floods (Google it!) but this blog gives an account from the Coastguard's perspective, and is written on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

Tomorrow:  Another station from somewhere else in Cornwall.....

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