Saturday, 31 December 2016

Thank you to our community

Yesterday's incident at Anvil Point was a good example of the type of incident the team have dealt with in 2016.

We shall review the year in the next few days , but as the year comes to a close this would be a good time to say thank you.

Whilst officially there is a team of 12 Coastguard Rescue Officers , the whole team just doesn't operate without the families and friends of those volunteers.

You cannot sum up in words the support that goes on in the back ground when those pagers go off. The dinners that go cold or yet again that shopping trip gets postponed.

As volunteers we have to thank our employers who release us from work and in today's financial climate, that's hard.

Our colleagues from St Albans , kimmeridge , Poole and Southbourne who support us on larger type incidents.

The coxswain and crew of the Swanage Lifeboat along with the crew of Poole Lifeboat.

Colleagues from the other emergency services especially the Neighbourhood Policing Team from Swanage who seem to be there as the kettle goes on.

But as with our families , if it wasn't for our community of Swanage we couldn't do what we do.

Like on the night of a large search in the team the staff of the local coop provided us with milk to make hot drinks for all the searchers, - that's our community and a massive thank you to you all that have helped up provide a search and rescue capability in the area in 2016.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Coastguard called to Anvil Point

The volunteer Coastguard team were paged just after 1pm to a walker on the coastal path near to Anvil Point.

An 81 year old male had slipped and injured his ankle while walking with a group.

The team arrived and provided initial first aid but with heavy fog and damp ground conditions the casualty needed to be moved to a point where an ambulance could safely get too.

The male was carefully moved on to the Coastguard stretcher and carried the quarter of a mile to the ambulance.

The team returned to station just after 3pm

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Monday, 26 December 2016

The 3 Wise Men ?

With the weather set fair ( in the South) Boxing Day is a traditional day for a walk.

Be wise and take the correct clothing.

Stay to the paths

Take note of routes closed due to land slips

Keep dogs on leads near cliff edges.

In an emergency call 999 and ask for Coastguard , never attempt a rescue yourself.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Christmas Dinner goes on hold

Christmas dinners went on hold this afternoon when the volunteer Coastguard team were paged by the National Maritime Operations Centre.

A member of the public had reported concern for a member of the public walking along Studland beach.

The team arrived at Knoll Beach and carried out a hasty search of the beach and shoreline. Joined by Dorset Police Officers the car parks were also checked without any further sightings.

The team continued to search and were joined by the Police Helicopter which checked further into the dune area.

With no further information or sightings the team were stood down and returned home after 2 hours.

A post incident team photo on Christmas Day , some wearing non Coastguard headwear.

Merry Christmas

Wishing all our readers a very Merry ( Safe ) Christmas

#999 Team

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Take a minute

In our busy lives we often forget to take a minute and think about those you are working or on call over Christmas.

Over 3000 Volunteers Coastguard Rescue Officers will be on call throughout Christmas along with colleagues in the National Maritime Operations Centre and helicopter bases.

We join others from the Police, Ambulance , Fire and colleagues from other voluntary services like the RNLI to ensure the UK is looked after during the festival period if needed.

#always on call

Friday, 23 December 2016

Heading out today ?

If you are travelling today or perhaps taking a walk , take care the weather is changing.

Storm Barbara is heading to the UK and winds will pick up. Whilst those in the north will see the strongest winds , here in the south will still see gale force winds.

If you are taking a walk make sure you are dressed correctly and have suitable footwear.

Keep away from breaking seas

In a Coastal or Maritime emergency 999 Coastguard

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Kit night and mince pies

It may be Christmas but still the kit has to be checked ready for use.

Some decided to look on whilst others worked hard.

Sadly someone forgot the mince pies.


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Thank you

Like the station Christmas tree , the Station Officer needed some assistance and treatment on Saturday.

On the way to work I was taken ill but managed to get home.
Sadly with no ambulance available Nick the deputy station officer literally came to the rescue and got me to Poole hospital.

For once being a casualty was very different and I would like to thank
Nick , the staff of Poole Hospital and all those who have sent their best wishes. ( Nick Im also sorry for the non christmas language in the back of the car ! )

I shall have to take it steady for a while but hope to be back fully operational soon.

At least I managed to enjoy my birthday ! ( thank you Mr Corben)

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Winter sun set

Durlston Bay ,

In a coastal or maritime emergency dial 999 - Coastguard

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Christmas Quiz

It was time for the annual Christmas quiz this week at the station.

Team members were instructed to wear either a Christmas hat or jumper.

Terry won by dressing as an elf.

Whilst it may look fun the team were asked 50 questions on the foundation skills of the Coastguard , the very core of what we do in the team.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

First Aid at Kimmeridge

This week the Kimmeridge Coastguard team participated in their first aid assessment.

Some team work to assess, treat and transport the casualty.

Then a scenario in a tight spot , try removing a casualty with a spinal injury from a space with little access.

Well done to all for a good nights training and assessment.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Glorious Swanage

Another glorious day in Swanage today; it could be April or May rather than December!

Its a great opportunity to get in some scenic walks along coast path or along the ridges.

Have a great day,  but be prepared for slippery paths and a sudden temperature drop when the sun goes down.  Stay safe.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Someone to talk too.

We know that sometimes life is difficult and it seems there isn't anyone to talk too

This time of year for some is really difficult, you may know someone who needs support ?

The Samaritans are there 24/7 to support those in the communities who need someone to talk too.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Sunny Studland

Plenty of folks enjoying the unseasonably warm weather at Studland today, along with a group of kayakers about to return to Poole.

Just because the weather feels good, it doesn't mean it'll stay that way. Don't be caught out - check tides and weather forecasts and pack the right gear.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Check your kit, know your climb, stay safe

After Wednesdays incident we would like to offer some advice with the approaching holidays coming.
Ensure the activity is within your capabilities , check and double check you are where you think you are if you are using a guide.

Check with local people if you are unsure.

Take the right safety equipment

Have a back up plan ..... What if plan !

Ensure people know where you are and if you aren't back at an agreed time call the Coastguard.

We want people to enjoy the area for the right reasons.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Walker Injured on Coast Path

At 2pm yesterday,  the volunteers of Swanage and St Albans Coastguard teams were back in action,  just 12 hours after closing down the previous cliff rescue.

On this occasion a young lady had slipped awkwardly on the SW Coast Path between the Western Mile Markers and Dancing Ledge; in doing so she had injured her ankle badly and was unable to walk.

Accessing via the tracks near Verney Farm, the teams stabilised the lady, monitored her condition and kept her warm.  With no ambulance available, the responders from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue brought in pain relief and the Coastguard helicopter was summoned to evacuate the casualty. However, on arrival the mist had descended so low that the helicopter was unable to land and had to return to base.

We always have a 'Plan B' to cover all eventualities, and with light rapidly diminishing and temperatures falling, the lady was soon conveyed by 4x4 (many thanks to the National Trust for your help) back to the Farm where an ambulance was by now standing by to take over her care.

Another good example of multi - agency working and being responsive to a changing situation. We wish the lady a speedy recovery.


Thursday, 8 December 2016

5 climbers rescued from Guillemot ledge

Five climbers have been rescued safe and well from cliffs near Swanage in a four hour rescue.

HM Coastguard were alerted to the five and requested the launch of both Swanage RNLI lifeboats and Coastguard rescue teams from Swanage and St Albans.

The five climbers were stuck on the base of the cliffs at Guillemot Ledge which is east of Dancing Ledge.

Sea conditions were rough but the crew of the RNLI inshore lifeboat managed to get ashore and confirmed the climbers were OK. Due to the sea conditions it was considered safer to recover the climbers using the Coastguard teams.

The location is a difficult cliff area but two Coastguard Rescue Officers descended the cliffs and started the technically demanding rescue , recovering one climber at a time.

Each climber was checked out as they were recovered to the top of the cliff before the Coastguard took them back to their vehicles having offered some safety advice.

All rescue units have now returned to their stations.

Our thanks as ever to all those involved in tonight's rescue.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Another from the history files

Another photo from our files, we thing this at Old Harry.

The equipment and protective clothing may have changed a little over the years ?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

A little fresh on the front

For those just venturing or thinking about it .......

A nice strong fresh ( cold) easterly blowing this morning

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Studland Beach

Not quite today , but we regularly patrol the beaches to ensure things haven't washed up.

Coastal or Maritime Emergency 999 Coastguard

Friday, 2 December 2016

Training at Night

Not all our incidents come during daylight hours, so neither is our training.