The Coastguard vehicle with rotors !
Rescue 106 on the ground
Tonight was kit night - our monthly thorough check and clean of all of our kit, but we went a bit further tonight will a full clean of the station and a sort out of our personal kit too.
All the hanging space and racking was re-arranged on a numerical basis according to our individual call signs and new labelling was installed. It now makes it easy to see at a glance whose kit is missing or untidy, and quicker when we are packing up after a call out as all the personal stations are instantly recognisable.
Our own version of Coastguard Musical Chairs!
This weekend the patrols have been out checking the access tracks to some of our remote locations.
Over time, we can find ourselves less familiar with rarely used routes, tracks can become overgrown and gates and padlocks can become rusty and hard to open. When we are on a call out, we need to know the best routes straight away and we don't have time to mess with sticking locks. Every second counts, which is why we want to recheck every route and every gate and to oil every lock before the onset of winter.
On Saturday the access routes onto Ballard Down were covered, whilst Sunday's team concentrated on the Poole Harbour shoreline through Rempstone Forest.
The paddle steamer 'Waverley' ended it's annual 3-week season of trips from Swanage this week, and once again it has been tremendous to see this piece of history making its way across the bay. Roll on next year and it's return!
Sadly, all didn't quite go to plan on Wednesday evening when the world's last remaining sea-going paddle steamer was unable to return passengers from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight to their destination in Swanage.
By the time the replacement coach arrived back at the pier, the gates had been locked leaving some passengers unable to get to their car. A call to the police led to a call to the Coastguard, and after a short while two of the Swanage volunteers attended, armed with a set of keys to let the weary travellers in.
As category 1 responders, we never know where we might need access to in an emergency, so we have a large bunch of master keys to cover many of the tracks, gates, car parks and barriers in the area.
Letting passengers into a locked pier car park isn't a normal call out for us, but typical example of how we support the local community.
The team were called to assist some of the off duty lifeboat crew last night after they had stopped to help an elderly man whose mobility scooter had toppled over on the Downs.
The gent was in good spirits but also in considerable pain, and so whilst the NMOC operations centre made arrangements for an ambulance, the volunteers checked the man over, monitored his condition, made him comfortable and stretchered him into the nearby lifeboat training room where he could be warmed up and where it was easier for the arriving paramedics to deal with him.
Owing to the man's condition and the proximity of ambulance units, the decision was taken to fly him to Southampton hospital using the CG helicopter from Lee on Solent, and so the team duly set up the landing site at Peveril and assisted with the stretcher transfer for the late night flight.
Once the helo had departed, and the paramedics had left, the CG and lifeboat teams tidied up and re stowed their equipment and stood down around 11.00pm. A fine example of the two teams working together and liaising amongst themselves to get help to the individual where and when it was needed in a timely and efficient manner.