This is our entry for today's national social media day - even the SCOO ( spot the white helmet in the back ground!) managed to muscle in on the photo
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Wednesday, 29 June 2016
A body found in the water off St Alban’s Head near Swanage yesterday, Tuesday 28 June 2016, has been officially identified by HM Coroner as that of 26-year-old Liam Day from Southampton.
The next of kin have been informed. An inquest will be opened in due course following a post mortem examination. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Liam had failed to return home as expected following a climbing trip to the Swanage area and was reported missing on Wednesday 15 June 2016.
The body of a male was recovered by the RNLI from Swanage.
Identification has not yet taken place but the family of a 26 year old man from Southampton who had failed to return home following a climbing trip to Swanage have been informed of the incident.
Our thoughts go to family and friends.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Rescue 106 was dealing with an incident off Winspit when tasked along with the Air Ambulance to assist a male who had fallen.
The male had been treated by some RNLI crew before being joined by the Coastguard team.
Dorset's air ambulance on the pad
Lifting off with the casualty on board
Rescue 106 landing to pick up the winch man
Monday, 27 June 2016
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Nick and Ian with local Frank Roberts , retired from the forces but huge supporter of Armed Forces Day ( he puts the flags up round the town for example )
Friday, 24 June 2016
Don't take risks - stay off and use proper foot paths
The views maybe stunning but never take risks
Or you may just find the volunteer rescue teams joining you.
999 Coastguard - stay safe
Thursday, 23 June 2016
The team went water rescue training last night with the lifeguards on Swanage Beach. A great exercise to understand each others capabilities.
The lifeguard posted this today - Thank You to Swanage Coastguard for a successful and productive first joint exercise yesterday evening. We look forward to working closely with you this summer.
@Maritime and Coastguard Agency @RNLI
#lifeguards #hmcoastguard #swanageCRT #waterrescue #training #workingtogether #respectthewater
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Monday, 20 June 2016
Another little project completed at the station this week , a list of every volunteer who has served in Swanage Coastguard since 1883.
There are over 200 people who have served over the years and all their names are in 5 frames in the entrance way.
Sunday, 19 June 2016
|Once the ordnance had been declared safe, the family pose for a quick photo before the item was returned to the EOD team for removal and disposal.|
The heavily corroded item was found lodged in the branches of a silver birch tree on the harbour side of the Ferry Road in Studland and so, having cordoned off the area, police and Coastguard called the Army bomb disposal experts for advice. The Army EOD team suspected the device could still be explosive and set off from their base in Wiltshire.
|The Coastguard Team assisted with implementing and maintaining a safe cordon|
|Declared safe by the Army EOD team, this ordnance never contained explosives.|
We ran some blogs on ordnance only a few weeks ago, and this is typical of the many pieces of ordnance to be found in and around Studland.
|The armour piercing shot was lodged several feet up in a tree|
So how did it get in the tree? Good question, and the only logical answer is that someone must have picked it up and put it there. The tree certainly wasn't there 70 years ago for it to land in!
Was that a good idea? Not really. Whoever picked it up couldn't have been sure what it was and disturbing it could have set it off.
What should have happened? Whenever you find ordnance, or something you suspect to be ordnance in and around the beach or coast area, 999 Coastguard. (If you find ordnance further inland call 999 Police. And if you cant decide who to ask for, call 999 anyway and describe what you have found). Stand well clear and wait for further instruction.
Once the item had been removed, the road and ferry which were closed for about 3 hours were reopened.
Saturday, 18 June 2016
Friday, 17 June 2016
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Liam was climbing to the west of Anvil Point on Tuesday and was reported overdue. Coastguards from both Swanage and St Albans , along with both Swanage Lifeboats , Dorset Police and DorSAR searched over night and into yesterday without success.
HM Coastguard has suspended the search however the team will continue to check local areas when the tide and weather allow.
If anyone saw Liam climbing on Tuesday near to the Western Mile Markers please contact Dorset Police (101) or the Coastguard (01305 760439)
We ask people not to put themselves at any risk along the coast and to call 999 Coastguard in an emergency.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Joined by Rescue 106 and the Police helicopter a search was commenced. The team deployed to Peveril Point and Durlston Head but nothing further has been seen by any search asset.
The lifeboat is continuing on the search but all others have been stood down.
The climber was reported overdue between Anvil Point and Dancing Ledge.
A large land and sea search has been carried out which located a rope and personal items belonging to the climber.
At 08.00 the search has been suspended and units returned to station.
The Poole team discover cows ( don't have them over the water !)
Under the watchful eye of St Albans Alpha
Terry putting his training the other day into good use.
Then it was all back to the station as someone else had a birthday !
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Mike 'Spike' Williamson he would be remembered and some good would come out of this sad event.
Spike passed away following a heart attack and that promise was to provide a defibrillator for the town.
We did manage to provide two devices for the town back in 2012 however by working with some like minded people that promise really became true yesterday when the new heated cabinet went live.
Having a heated cabinet ensures the safe operation for the device kept inside.
Yesterday South Western Ambulance confirmed the cabinet had been registered and went live.
The device and cabinet have been provided by private donations to a community partnership , the Coastguard building is ideally located in North Swanage to have this device.
The partnership would like to thank the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for their support in allowing this cabinet to be located at this location.
The cabinet is dedicated to Mike ' Spike ' Williamson
It's important to note that in a Medical emergency , a 999 call to the ambulance service is required to get the release code to the cabinet and get an ambulance on route.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Sunday, 12 June 2016
The team were tasked last night to a jet ski which had broken down off Old Harry and which was starting to sink.
The rider who had been in the sea for approximately 30 minutes attracted the attention of a group of picnickers on the top of the cliff who called for help.
Swanage ILB was launched and the coastguard team monitored the rescue from above as well as checking the welfare of the picnickers who were potentially distressed at what they had seen.
The ILB crew tried to tow the jet ski back to its hire base in Salterns Marina in Poole but it was steadily taking on water and so a decision was made to take it into Knoll Beach where it and it's rider were handed over to the care of the coastguard team. Whilst we looked after the rider and got him warmed up, we also liaised with the owners, arranged for them to collect the jet ski from the beach and oversaw the removal operation.
Sadly, it appears the jet ski rider was equipped with a VHF radio, but didn't know how to use it in an emergency. Fortunately for him that the picnickers managed to spot him before it was too late.
Saturday, 11 June 2016
Friday, 10 June 2016
Thursday, 9 June 2016
To assist the team and the public of where they are on the beach the wooden gyones are numbered.
The numbers have recently worn down so we are in the process of repainting them - the Town Council kindly supply the paint and stencils and the Coastguard team provide the man power.
Subject to the rumours the Station Officer was not painting his initials on.
The first numbered gyone should be number 3 as during the beach recharge number one was removed as not required , number two is the banjo jetty by the clock tower, however to keep things simple we have numbered them 1 to 18
Sheps hollow is number 18.
There are few more to do but hopefully we can finish the repaint soon.
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
So yesterday a few of the team got together for a mornings training session rather than the usual evening training we have.
Kerry putting Terry through some rope training.
Thankfully there were benefits to the day time training session
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Monday, 6 June 2016
72 years ago today many gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord.
A small service of remembrance led by Rev. Tony Higgins saw those present pause to remember.
Members of the rowing club lifted their oars in respect during the two minute silence which also saw the Coastguard helicopter fly past on route back to Portland.
Thank you to Nico, Dinah and those who turned up to make is so special
Sunday, 5 June 2016
Saturday, 4 June 2016
The patrol will visit this afternoon but they also needed a volunteer to fit the Swanage Beach Bear outfit. Sadly at the last minute the original bear suit didn't arrive so a substitute was found.
So off into action
I wonder who bear is ?
Beach bear meets Carlo
Beach bear meets the lifeguards
Living the dream
Oh look - it was Terry all along
# being a Coastguard , it's not all rescue work !
Wrist bands and safety advice given out