If you are heading to beach today , please observe the signs and parking restrictions.
Blocked gates or tight access can delay us getting to an incident.
That incident may be for you.
It's 2.30am and the team has just returned from a busy patrol in connection with a major event in Studland.
Starting soon after 7.00pm, the team dealt with seven incidents through the evening including a serious bicycle accident, resulting in a multi agency response which saw a young lady with suspected head injuries airlifted to hospital by Coastguard Helicopter 175.
We'll post a fuller update later.
The team was tasked to support our colleagues from Kimmeridge Coastguard at Ridge Wharf this afternoon when an elderly lady aboard a pleasure cruise on the Wareham River was taken ill.
The skipper called the UK Coastguard by VHF radio and then moored up alongside at a place accessible to ambulance and Coastguard Rescue Officers.
Assistance was provided to the paramedics, and the lady and her friend were helped off the boat and into the waiting ambulance.
With concerns about the falling tide, once the transfer had been made, the boat was soon under way again back into Poole Harbour and the teams returned to base.
The team was called for the second time in a day yesterday afternoon, assisting with a dog that had been found at the base of the cliffs at Swanage Downs.
Whilst a full rope rescue was an option, the position of the animal was such that it was feasible to walk the Coastguard team in along the beach and to carry the dog out and reunite it with its grateful owners.
The dog was taken to the vet for a check-up and the team, supported by our colleagues from St Albans, returned to base.
Back to work for most of the team today after the Carnival last week, but not before a 07:20am tasking to investigate a red dinghy that had been found adrift off Ballard.
Our first concern in such cases is to assess whether anyone has fallen out of the boat, or whether it was simply washed off the beach or set adrift deliberately.
We established that there hadn't been anyone on board and so the potential for a sea search was removed. We then set abut trying to identify the owner, and by 11.00am with help from the local community of commercial fishermen, the owner had been located and reunited with his boat.
Investigations are ongoing but it would appear that it was initially taken from the beach early on Monday, perhaps with malicious intent, but then later discarded.
So Swanage Carnival is over for another year and the team can take a breath.
Like us, the Swanage Carnival Committee are all vounteers and they work tirelessly all year to make the Carnival happen - and we do our best to support them by covering the waterborne and coastal activities or those where large crowds are likely to attend. Two of the team, Eric and Steve, are part of the carnival committee, and Tom spends much of his week helping man the carnival information caravan, so all three have been particularly busy all week, along with their wives.
This year we provided patrols for
- the beach race
- the bay swim
- three firework displays
- the biathlon
- the Red Arrows display.
The SO and DSO also took part in the junior crabbing but we can't really count that!
Incidents were down on previous years which is good to report, the most serious being a lost 4 year old child, missing for half an hour on carnival Sunday, and a 10 year old on a kayak blown out to sea nearly half a mile during the Red Arrows display.
Finally, time for a quick photo with the local neighbourhood policing team after the Saturday fireworks (we work very closely with the Police all week) and a chance to hear the last band in the marquee before it comes down for another year.
The team put a patrol out this afternoon to provide safety cover for the thousands of visitors in Swanage for the visit of the Red Arrows, but moments before the display started they team was tasked by the UK Coastguard control room.
Two separate 999 calls had been made when a young lad on a sit-on kayak was suddenly taken by the wind from the shallows below the Grand Hotel northeastwards towards Ballard. The boy's father tried to swim after the kayak but he was no match for it and it also evaded a group of long distance swimmers training in the bay. The patrol alerted the Dorset Police Rib which was afloat in the bay, but before it had time to reach the boy, a motor boat at anchor for the display slipped its mooring in pursuit and soon had the boy aboard and the kayak under tow back to the safety of the beach. The boy's mother had actually been holding the kayak and had just let go to turn it round when it disappeared from her reach. She was shocked how quickly the situation had developed and how the boy came to be several hundred metres adrift after just a couple of minutes.
Whislt keeping watch on the kayak through binoculars the team also witnessed an individual on the rocks at the base of Ballard Point. Swanage NCI also saw the same and although the two units later liaised with the Ops Room, the individual could not be seen again and was assumed to have departed by one of several boats in the area.
So for the chaps that missed the Red Arrows, here's what you missed.
(All photos courtesy of Jayden Capper)