Sunday, 24 June 2018

A long afternoon

As the sun sets on Swanage the team have just completed six hours of searching and five incidents during that time.

This afternoons patrol headed straight to the sunken boat off the boat park to check on the pollution.
Thankfully nothing was found and the boat has now been recovered to the boat park.

The team were then tasked to assist Dorset Police with a search for a missing 60 year old female. Making several sweeps of the shoreline from Ballard to Peveril Point the lady was found by Police in the town. DorSAR and the RNLI lifeguards also assisted in the search.

During the search the team also dealt with a motor boat which was believed to have broken down, a missing child which was quickly located and a jet ski which appeared in trouble.

A special thank you to several local cafes who kindly looked after the team in providing drinks and food to them during the search.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Could you volunteer ?

We are still looking for Coastguard Rescue Officers in Swanage and other local teams.

You may only have a few hours in the day that you could be free to respond, so why not come and have a chat.

It’s not all rescue work , there is public engagements , training and of course a way to meet new people .

If you are interested, get in touch with a team member, leave your details at the Station in North Beach Car Park or drop us a note on Facebook.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Exercise Combined Approach

Coastguard Teams from Swanage St Albans and Poole came together at Studland this week for a large search and rescue exercise.

The scenario saw two “over due “ walkers visiting the area go missing.

Search teams deployed and found both persons but that was only the start with both having to be extracted from difficult locations.

There is someone in there somewhere !
Our thanks to ‘Dave’ who played a challenging casualty along with some realistic makeup to test the first aid assessments

Team members from three local Coastguard teams combine to form search teams.

The second extraction was a little more difficult and required a double rope rescue set up.

Working in difficult conditions the second casualty was recovered.

Twenty plus Coastguard Rescue Officers practising their skills.

Coastal emergency ? 999 Coastguard

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Team work

The team met our new sea front ambassador this week , part of the Tourist Information Centre team.

Working together we all work to improve the safety of the beach and maintain the standards of an award winning blue flag beach.

If you have an emergency on the beach or out to sea 999 Coastguard.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Come and meet us at the fish festival

We are back at the fish festival today so pop by to find out about the Coastguard.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Boat Engine catches Fire

The team was tasked to the boat park slipway this morning to meet the lifeboat towing in a speedboat whose outboard had caught fire to the North of Ballard Down.
The fire had been extinguished by the time the speedboat was moored alongside the Council jetty, but two DWFR appliances attended from Swanage Fire Station to cool down the engine which was still smoking and to prevent reignition.

The CG team monitored the sea for oil and/or fuel pollution from the damaged engine (one of the MCA's goals is 'cleaner seas') and spoke with the two occupants once they were safely ashore to check their welfare and discuss safety considerations and to help them with arrangements to recover the boat back to Poole.
It seems the pair had taken the right precautions including disconnecting the fuel tanks and moving them into the bow of the boat, as far away from the fire as possible. Both wore life jackets and had started to fight the fire but were prepared to evacuate the vessel had the situation worsened.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Patrol tasked to possible missing jet ski

Today’s patrol were tasked to Ocean Bay and a report of a jet ski being towed in minus its rider.

The team searched the area and spoke with many people to establish if anyone was missing.

After a search which relocated the ski , no person came forward and no person has been reported missing.

See someone in trouble ?

999 Coastguard