Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Is your craft fit for the water ?

Yesterday the Swanage RNLI lifeboat went to the aid of a broken down speed boat off Swanage.  The  boat drifted fast in the ebb tide and the lifeboat finally located them past Dancing Ledge.

On their return to Swanage the lifeboat crew requested to be met by the Coastguard team to offer some safety advice.

The boat had little safety equipment and only a mobile phone to raise the alarm.  Thankfully their 999 call was received by the Coastguard but once below Anvil Point communication was lost.

The lack of life jackets , anchor , rope and clothing were all points raised.

Be prepared and ensure before you take your boat, you have the correct safety equipment.


Monday, 6 July 2020

What we did during June

Just quickly looking back to last month and some of the data;

33 incidents which included some multi agency accident prevention especially with reducing the fire risk at Studland.

A total of 307 hours in incidents across the month.

Over 400 miles in patrols

A lot of BBQ’s asked to be extinguished.


In a coastal emergency dial 999 Coastguard.


Sunday, 5 July 2020

All in the afternoon

In just two hours this afternoon the team dealt with five  incidents.

The first was a report of a dog fallen from the cliffs out towards Old Harry Rocks, despite the fall the dog had survived and managed to get to South Beach , met by the patrol and the owners.
The owner were very relieved and the dog didn’t appear to have suffered any injuries.

The team were then tasked to reports of two inflatables being blown off shore at Studland. With two adults and three children in the dinghies the team , three lifeboats and the rescue helicopter were tasked.  A local boat also went to their assistance and managed to get them ashore.  The lifeboats stood by whilst the team ensured all were ok.

As that incident closed the team were tasked to the swanage boat park and a report of a injured male with possible spinal injuries.  On arrival the lifeboat crew and ambulance crew were treating an injury   received on a towed inflatable.

During this incident the returning lifeboat was concerned for a windsurfer in Studland, so the Station Officer searched the area.  Passing members of the public confirmed the windsurfer had got on to a boat and was safe.

Finally a yacht entering Poole lost its mast and started to drift. Poole Lifeboat was tasked and the yacht was monitored by the team until the lifeboat arrived.

If you see someone in trouble 999 Coastguard 

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Take care out there


It’s another mile stone today , people will be visiting areas that perhaps haven’t been open for a while.

Please remember the basics -

Social distancing still applies.
Large groups are not recommended.
Dispute the weather NO BBQ’s on the beaches - this will continue for the summer.
Check the weather and tides.
Have the correct clothing for the activity you are doing.
Does your activity carry risks if it goes wrong?

If you see someone in trouble 999 Coastguard

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The team were tasked to Old Harry to assist three paddle boarders being swept out to sea east of Harry Old Rocks.

Thankfully someone spotted them and dialled 999 which saw the Swanage Lifeboat launched and the Coastguard team set to monitor and then meet them when they were brought ashore.

A passing yacht which responded to a broadcast message from the Coastguard managed to assist until the lifeboat arrived.

As the lifeboat made for Knoll Beach a further paddle boarder was spotted struggling in the conditions and was collected and brought ashore to be met by the Coastguard team.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Don’t travel here for a BBQ


Despite signage, people are still travelling to the area to have a BBQ on the beaches. 

Having been called to Studland to assist the Ambulance service gain access to the beach, the team were made aware of a large party at Shell Bay having travelled for 3 hours to get here. 

Dorset and Wilts Fire and Rescue also attended to put the BBQ out and ensure the coals didn’t set the heath alight.  

The rain we have had has NOT been enough to dampen the heath. 

We will be working with Fire,  Police and National Trust to patrol the area and put BBQ’s out. 

Please help us Do not travel to have a BBQ at any Dorset Beaches many which are SSSI sites and protected 

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Incident at harbour entrance

The patrol were tasked to the harbour entrance after a call reporting a capsized boat.

Both Poole RNLI lifeboats were tasked along with Swanage and Poole Coastguard and Rescue 175.

The lifeboats located a motorboat sunk with just the bow sticking out of the water.  Fuel was also leaking from fuel tanks.

As a search started for any people the harbour master confirmed the vessel had sunk earlier and no one was missing.

Rescue units were returned whilst the pollution is being monitored.

Friday, 26 June 2020

The big clean up

Spare a thought for all those left to clean up the beaches after the last two days. 


A patrol headed out to support and see what was left from yesterday. A lot less people but sadly a lot of rubbish left. They also went to check the access gates that have been blocked for the last few days. 

This photo from Thursday evening on the front at Swanage - clearly people didn’t want to take their rubbish home. 


The team located these in the dunes - if the owners would like to collect them . 

We sadly didn’t find the keys for the car lost on the beach. 

Finally along with our colleagues from Dorset Police we share this story - we also came across this vehicle close to the chain ferry last night.   The car park was closed so the driver decided to drive or perhaps try to drive in the car park via the exit which is guarded by spikes - result a large bill and recovery for two punctures.   


Please help us - remember social distancing and help us protect our environment. 

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Today’s view

 Today’s patrol headed to Studland but we’re seriously hampered by poor parking on the ferry road.

They were tasked to assist fire with a BBQ left burning in the dunes.

 One BBQ located and put out - people are ignoring signage - NO BBQ’s

Over 1000 cars have been reported in the area with Police ticketing vehicles blocking emergency access route. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

NO BBQ’s or cooking

The team returning from a couple of incidents worked with Dorset and Wilts fire asking people to put their BBQ’s out on Studland beach.

Currently due to high fire risk there should not be no cooking , BBQ’s or fires at Studland.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Seahorses

(Photo from the MMO)

These very special creatures are very protected in law  and we have been asked by colleagues in the Maritime Management Organisation to highlight the law not only with seahorses but also other sea creatures which are protected.

Use the link above to read about the protection in place to protect our wildlife.

MMO note on seahorses and wildlife licensing – May 2020

If you are considering looking for seahorses or wish to photograph them – be aware:
Both species of UK seahorses - spiny (Hippocampus guttulatus) and short-snouted (Hippocampus hippocampus) are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, under Section 9 for the following offences:
• Possess/Keep
• Capture
• Intentionally or recklessly disturb
• Intentionally kill
• Intentionally injure
• Intentionally or recklessly damage or destroy place of shelter or protection of a seahorse

You must have a wildlife licence if you are diving and intending to do something likely to disturb seahorses.

This could be taking photographs or filming. Intentionally disturbing seahorses without a wildlife licence could lead to enforcement action.

The MMO can issue a wildlife licence for specific reasons, for example, if activities are completed for scientific or educational purposes.

If you incidentally encounter a seahorse this is not an offence, however if you intentionally return to search for seahorses this requires a wildlife licence.

If you have an incidental encounter with a seahorse:
To reduce any potential disturbance to seahorses if you have an incidental encounter:
 Do not pursue seahorses if they swim away
 If a seahorse displays signs of distress divers & snorkelers must retreat slowly to
at least 5 metres away, avoiding sudden movement.
 The following list describes typical behaviour displayed by stressed seahorses:
o A seahorse will rise up into the water column above the seabed or into surrounding area and swim with its tail curled up;
o A seahorse will hold its head in a downward, chest hugging posture
o A seahorse will turn its back, curl up, lie flat or move away
o Seahorse's colouring will darken, especially in the squares amongst the
body ridges; and
o The pupils in the eyes of the seahorse will dilate/fluctuate.
 pg. 1 of 2

  General protocol of snorkelling & diving around seagrass beds:
Due to seahorses’ protection, and the protected status of the Studland Bay Marine Conservation Zone, it’s important that users of the site ensure seagrass and seahorses are not harmed or disturbed while diving, snorkelling and during launching of boats.
To reduce any potential disturbance or harm to seagrass and seahorses:
o Divers & snorkelers should not put their feet/body or equipment down onto the
seagrass.
o Divers hoses and other equipment should be strapped close to their bodies. o Divers should swim parallel to the seafloor so their fins don’t touch the
seagrass.

The MMO recommends you also follow the Seahorse Trust seahorse seagrass diving protocols to reduce any potential harm to seagrass and incidental harm to seahorses when diving.
Further details:

Details about marine wildlife licensing can be found on:
www.gov.uk/guidance/understand-marine-wildlife-licences-and-report-an-incident
Information about the protection of seahorses can be found on:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/protected-marine-species/fish-including- seahorses-sharks-and-skates
Any queries please contact conservation@marinemanagement.org

Monday, 15 June 2020

Sunday Round Up

The team headed out on an accident Prevention Patrol in the local area to focus on reducing incidents during these different times.

A group were spoken to at Studland for the manner they were using their craft close to shore and near swimmers and a BBQ was requested to be extinguished due to the current fire risk.

The patrol were then tasked to Old Harry and a report of a person laid out at the base of cliffs. On route the team were advised this person had got up and got into a boat and left.  At the same time the team were made aware about a group climbing one of the stacks at Old Harry so continued to investigate.

At certain times of the year there are restrictions at Old Harry due to nesting birds and also it’s not a usual place to climb due to the very loose rock.   On arrival the team were joined by the Coastguard helicopter who were in the area training and the crew soon confirmed this was a group with equipment climbing. Colleagues in the National Maritime Operation Centre made contact with the group who confirmed they were safe and well.

That just left the team to ask a few people to come away from the edge of the cliff as they were sitting  a little to close to the edge which in places had little underneath it.

Later in the evening the team were tasked to Southbourne to back colleagues up at an incident but were stood down shortly afterwards as another team became available which were nearer.

 The Coastguard helicopter on a training flight at Old Harry Rocks

Sunday, 14 June 2020

False Alarm with Good Intent

False alarm with good intent (FAWGI) is the best description for the two incidents that Coastguard and Lifeboat crews attended yesterday.

The first call out at 17.00 was a report that a windsurfer may have been in trouble in the bay.  National Coastwatch had seen two windsurfers on the water but then only one could be seen in the swell.  Swanage Inshore Lifeboat and the Coastguard were tasked to search the area for the missing one.

The Coastguard team searched the shoreline whilst the lifeboat searched the bay.  The all weather lifeboat was about to be launched when a lifeboat crew member directed the Coastguard team to a pair safely on the beach.  Very quickly it was established both were very experienced and safely ashore.  With the lack of wind ( just prior to a heavy rain shower ) one of them  had to paddle ashore but was lost in a swell from the view of the informant.

As the search units returned to station  further 999 calls were received for four person in the water off the stone quay.  Again the team and lifeboat responded and searched the area.

A group of youths had been seen earlier in the water by the quay and there was concern this group were in trouble , thankfully what was seen were four marker buoys in the swell.   It was also confirmed the group seen earlier had left.

We must praise those who made 999 calls for these calls , We would much rather confirm all is ok ( FAWGI) than not get a call to someone who really is in trouble

999 Coastguard for maritime emergencies




Saturday, 13 June 2020

Build your Skill levels back up

As indoor walls are still not open it seems we are seeing a larger number of climbers coming to Purbeck to climb, some for the first time .

BMC guidance-for-new-outdoor-climbers

If you are unfamiliar with the area please stay well within your climbing ability, climb a grade or two lower than you are usually comfortable with to get familiar with the area, some climbs here can be under-graded, with steep and in places loose rock.

Be sure that on our sea cliffs both leader and second can climb out. Leave your abseil rope in place and ensure you have prusiks and more importantly know how to use them!  A lot of routes can be remote and once you’re  in you’re committed to climbing out .

Please ensure during these extraordinary times you make sensible choices.  We will attend any incidents we are called to   however be aware our response maybe slower than usual due to covid-19 protocols and the additional PPE we need to do to keep ourselves, our team members and our casualties safe.  In case of emergencies there is an emergency phone with a direct line to the National Maritime Operation Centre located by the gate of the lighthouse at Anvil point.

There is no mobile phone reception along the cliff top or at the bottom of any crags please keep this in mind, and if you do need our help an exact location of the area you are climbing  and the climb you or your partner need help on will assist in us getting to you as quick as we can .

From the BMC

999 Coastguard


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Climber rescued in early hours

A climber stuck on cliffs near Anvil Point after a days climbing has been rescued safely during a two hour incident.

The Swanage Coastguard team along with St Albans Coastguard were tasked to a report of a climber stuck in the Boulder Ruckle area at midnight.

Both Swanage RNLI lifeboats were launched to assist in the incident and on arrival provided safety cover and lit up the scene of the incident from the water.

A rope technician was deployed to the climber who was stuck about mid way on the 90ft cliff.
Working under flood lights and with the restrictions the current health situation the technician worked to safely get to the climber, check their welfare before rescuing them using a rescue strop.

The female climber had been climbing in the area for the day with a friend when they became stuck.  Due to time of day the pair called the emergency services for assistance.

Having been recovered to the top of the cliff and medically checked the pair left to return home.

Rope technician with the Swanage Lifeboat lighting up the cliff.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Keeping you safe

Accident Prevention Patrols have continued to go out in Swanage and other areas of Dorset and Hampshire  to try and lessen the number of accidents and work with partner agencies

During the week a patrol gave first aid to a young child after they cut their foot at Studland.

Friday , a joint patrol working with Police to encourage no over night camping and BBQ’s in the Studland area.

Yesterday we worked with the National Trust  in closing  a slipway as several people had got stuck in sea weed, checked Tilly Whim Caves and then searched for an injured person at Sheps Hollow after reports of blood and a pair of glasses were found.  Despite a good search no one could be found.

So please help us - observe the Government guidelines and local advice.

Wear the correct clothing even for a walk.

Still no BBQ’s on the beaches , heathland and forest areas.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Working with Partners


Many Coastguard teams have been working with other emergency services to assist in accident and incident reduction. 

In the last few weeks our focus ( not forgetting our core role ) is to assist Dorset and Wilts Fire and Rescue with the risk of fire in the Studland area.   Many visits to the area to offer advice have been done for safety. 

We know it’s been tough in the last few months but we must remain safe and protect our front line services and our environment.  

Even though it rained yesterday - the area remains at a high risk of Fire - No outside fires or BBQ’s should be had in the open. 

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Tilly Whim Caves Again

For the second time the team were tasked to Tilly Whim Caves after reports of people getting in and setting up camp.

The team proceeded and located four males who had set up a BBQ and were intending to camp over night.  They were asked to leave as the area is closed and suggested they go home in line with current guidelines.

The group were monitored out of the park and the Police were stood down.

Shortly afterward the team assisted in a search for a missing female in the town.  Searching several high risk areas the news arrived the female was heading home safely.




Monday, 1 June 2020

Multi Agency approach




Today patrol focused on the Studland area and the high fire risk.  It wasn’t long before things started to happen when a large BBQ was located with out it’s owner.

The patrol were joined by a fire safety officer and police during the patrol ( socially distancing )

If you are the owner of the said BBQ, please get in touch so we can return the item and also understand why the signs saying no BBQ’s don’t apply to you ?

The patrol continued and located a group having a BBQ at Shell Bay.  Again the multi agency approach was taken and the BBQ was extinguished.

We are lucky where we live but one tiny ember could have a devastating effect on that we don’t look after it.




Sunday, 31 May 2020

Please take care

Please take care , the pressure on the front line services is great with HM Coastguard dealing with several significant incidents in the last few days.

Patrols continue to be heading out to prevent accidents but help us to help you.

Stay at home as much as you can.

Please keep your children with you at all times, yesterday the patrol and team were tasked to search for a missing child at Studland who was located some distance away from the parents.

Liaising with our Fire Colleague at Dorset and Wilts Fire And Rescue  - This sign applies to all “OPEN” areas in the Purbeck area including the Beach.

Yesterday 30 BBQ’s were extinguished on the beach at Studland - please no BBQ’s unless at home and even then take care.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Accident Prevention Patrols

Along with many team in Dorset , we continue to patrol the area not only for our area of business ( maritime and coastal safety) but in support of our partner agencies especially Fire.

We are still in very different times and adapting to a different way of life.

Please observe social distancing and the signage about no fires and no BBQs.

In a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for Coastguard.

Friday, 29 May 2020

NO BBQ’s

Please take note of the signs - NO means NO - not a little one , disposable one or a cooker.

Tonight’s patrol has spoken to several people on Studland beach and working in partnership with colleagues from Dorset and Wilts Fire explained the dangers.

We know is been a tough few months but the signage is for a reason.


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Fire Risk

Today’s patrol got tasked to Studland to support colleagues at the National Trust and Dorset & Wilts Fire and Rescue.

Numerous calls were being made to both the Fire service and Police about people having BBQ’s on the beach and with the high risk of Fire the team were tasked to offer advice.

Several people were spoken to about the risk and dangers.

Please leave these BBQ’s at home the risk to our environment and front line emergency services is unthinkable.

Whilst this isn’t the tradition work of the Coastguard many people praised the team today for their work and approach whilst supporting the other services.

Monday, 25 May 2020

And that was the weekend

As the bank holiday draws to a close , we reflect on the last three days of activity.

3 days of Accident Preventions Patrols in the Swanage and Studland areas along with many other teams in the country.

Several inflatables blown out to sea, one suspicious object , one tree removed from the highway, several road signs replaced having been blown over, lots of safety advice, working with partners like the National Trust, Dorset Police , Dorset and Wilts Fire, one group of people lead to safety from caves , one walker airlifted out of Dancing Ledge, Traffic Marshall’s on a grid locked road, access routes checked and of course a few teas drunk.

Whilst 99.9% of the population were grateful , a reminder it’s not the Coastguard that control the lockdown, we are here for your safety not enforcing social distancing.

It’s half term now and we expect the area to remain busy , please do not put yourselves and us at risk.

Concerned for someone on the coast - 999 Coastguard

DO NOT HAVE BBQ’s or Open fires anywhere on the beach or heathland due to the high fire risk.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Walker airlifted from Dancing Ledge

Swanage Coastguard along with St Albans Coastguard were tasked to support South Western Ambulance at Dancing Ledge near Swanage this afternoon.

A local lady had dislocated her shoulder before falling at the ledge and required treatment due to the pain and condition.

The location is some distance from a road so whilst Paramedics treated her the Coastguard looked at all the options from an airlift , cliff rescue or via lifeboat.   HM Coastguard requested the Rescue Helicopter via the aeronautical Rescue  Coordination Centre who tasked the Lee On Solent aircraft - R175.

Coastguard officers cleared the ledges and prepared the area for the aircraft to land.   The whole incident being managed with the difficulties that COVID and social distancing now brings.

The casualty was airlifted to Poole hospital.

Rescue 175 approaches Dancing Ledge viewed from the Officer in Charge Location 


Rescue 175 landed at Dancing Ledge whilst the casualty is prepared to be taken to the aircraft 

 Swanage Bravo - calls the aircraft in to land 






Saturday, 23 May 2020

Concern for group at Tilly Whim Caves

HM Coastguard tasked the team to Tilly Whim Caves after reports of a group camping.

The caves are closed due their dangerous condition but also no one is meant to staying overnight in line with  Government guidelines.


The area is closed and access blocked by a high wall, this didn’t stop seven adults and three children scale the wall and get into the caves.  The team located the group who realised they should not have been in this location.  The team stood by to ensure everyone left safely. 

 The group were located below this cliff  , the cliff is in a poor state.  The mixed group were asked to leave and reminded that no overnight camping is currently allowed. 

They commented they thought they were out of the way but we’re leaving to return to London. 

Please can we remind/ask that reports of people in a dangerous position or in an emergency should be made by 999.  Facebook has its uses but not in an emergency. 

Protect our communities

We aren’t being unpleasant but we are all in this together and it’s not over yet.

The area is under pressure due to a major fire and no disposable BBQ’s or open fires should be had anywhere in the open.

Don’t put the emergency services at risk

Stay at home as much as you can.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Two Rescued in Swanage Bay

Two teenagers have just been rescued by lifeboat and brought safely ashore after being swept out to sea.

Multiple 999 calls were made to HM Coastguard reporting two children on paddle boards  being swept out to sea from the beach.

Swanage RNLI inshore lifeboat and the Swanage Coastguard team were immediately deployed to search.  The lifeboat arrived and brought the wet, cold and shaken pair to their father on the beach.
Treatment was given to warm them up before they were allowed to be released and leave for home.

 The family had come from Poole as conditions were too rough there so they thought it was safer here in Swanage.  Currently there is a very strong off shore wind in the area and our advice is to stay safely ashore especially in these difficult times.

Conditions close inshore look calm but with a strong offshore wind this increases the risk of being blown out to sea.

Please continue to follow Government guidelines about exercise and the use of the area, stay at home as much as possible.

In an emergency 999 - Coastguard

Monday, 18 May 2020

Don’t block gates

We know the car parks are closed but that doesn’t mean you can park anywhere.

Not only technically on double yellow lines - it’s blocking an emergency access route.

Please don’t block gates - it might be you that the emergency services are being called to and this would stop them.

It clearly says on the gate to keep clear. The area has a high fire risk and all accesses must be kept clear.

This vehicle was reported as it obstructed the emergency services.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

A step forward

Yesterday saw many Coastguard teams in Dorset and Hampshire deploy for the first time in several months on patrol.

The purpose of the patrols were to work out new working practises, checking access routes and accident prevention.

The patrol at Peveril Point checking access and getting an idea how the area has changed. 

Whilst we have had cliff falls in the wet weather now the area is drying out this is creating new falls and the cliff is under cut. 

With many carparks closed areas and routes to key areas checked. 

Accident prevention advice was given to a few which included speed on approaching the shore line , not to use BBQ’s due to the high risk of fire and two that walked out on a narrow track and then slipped at Old Harry. Both were asked to come back away from the edge. 


Please take care , car parks remain closed  this weekend in the area and we ask people observe the social distancing rules and advice.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Statement from HM Coastguard

With significant numbers of people expected to take to the water this weekend in England, HM Coastguard is asking everyone to take extra care in extraordinary times. 
Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed once again in England under the new Government guidelines, but, now more than ever people need to respect the coastline. 
In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales the lockdown remains and people should continue to follow the guidance to stay home.  
Swimming in the sea is now allowed as daily exercise in England along with paddle boarding, surfing, windsurfing, rowing, kayaking and canoeing. Sailing and owners of private boats may also go out onto the water. 
But while people are allowed to go out on and in the water, they need to make sure they are safe and protected. Those with private boats and yachts should carry out all the usual safety checks and make sure they have a way to contact HM Coastguard if they get into difficulty, as should everyone visiting the coast and beaches. 
In addition, the Government guidelines around social distancing should continue to be observed by everyone in the UK. 
Claire Hughes, director of HM Coastguard said: ‘In England, now more than ever, people need to respect the sea and the coast. Whether you’re local or not, whatever your ability or experience in your chosen sport or leisure activity, the sea can still catch you out and be unmerciful when it does.’ 
‘The majority of beaches will not be lifeguarded. If you get into trouble call 999and ask for the Coastguard and we will come to your aid. But coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we all need to follow the rules. Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk. Take extra care in these extraordinary times.  
In England #StayAlert In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, nothing has changed. Give the coast a miss. #StayHomeSaveLives  

Friday, 15 May 2020

Be very careful

Whilst the rules have changed , the area remains closed for the time being.

Car parks and toilets remain closed.   Just because you can , doesn’t mean you have too.

Don’t put the coastal emergency services at risk because of your actions.

We ask you still give it a few more weeks before going those extra steps from your  exercise routines.

Use this time to check your equipment , prepare and ensure your safety equipment is up to date.

Prepare , practice , stay local and don’t put pressure on the NHS.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Swimmer in trouble

The team were tasked yesterday lunch time to a report of a swimmer not moving off the banjo quay in Swanage.

The team made their way to several locations along the shore line to view the bay and search for an hour.

Various swimmers were spoken too but all said they were ok.

The bay was checked and no further reports received

Please continue to follow Government advice and not put the emergency services under pressure.

Stay Home Save Lives

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Three spark large scale rescue

Despite the current guidelines , three people have just been rescued close to Old Harry having been cut off by the tide.   Having travelled from Slough the three had walked from Studland and got cut off when the tide came back in. 

One of the party had managed to get back to Studland to raise the alarm which saw Police, Coastguard , RNLI, NPAS , South Western Ambulance and the Coastguard Helicopter tasked to search for the missing two. 

The Swanage RNLI inshore lifeboat located the pair on a ledge and were  monitored by the Coastguard team from the top of the cliff.   They were then brought ashore to be met by Police and further Coastguards at South Beach.  As they had been in the water for some time colleagues from the Ambulance attended to check them. 

Dorset Police are now dealing with the three in respect to breaches in the guidelines. 


The three are very lucky to have been located safely. 


Please respect us and our emergency service colleagues, do not travel and exercise close to home. 

Bank Holiday

It’s another Bank Holiday and we should have been marking VE Day however , please don’t be tempted to break the guidelines.

Stay at home , exercise from home and protect the front line emergency services and most importantly the NHS.

The area remains closed , car parks are closed and Dorset Police are patrolling.


Saturday, 2 May 2020

Incident near Durlston

The team were called on Friday evening to the foot path near Durlston after a young male fell during his families daily exercise walk.

South Western Ambulance provided medical treatment whilst the team provided the support to carry the male to the ambulance.

The team returned to station around 9.30pm whilst the local family were taken to Poole hospital for treatment.


Thursday, 30 April 2020

A True Hero

Photo from BBC


Every now and then a true hero comes along and today on his 100th birthday we salute Capt. Tom Moore for his amazing achievements and fund raising in the last month.

When the nation is in a strange place , Capt Tom has been an inspiration to us all so take a moment and wish him a Happy Birthday along with our support to all the key workers tonight.

Capt Tom is no stranger to Dorset having served at Bovington Camp as an instructor.

Stay safe  - Capt. Tom exercised around his property , please stay near your home to exercise.

To bring the blog up to date , now Colonel Moore.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Stay at Home

Colleagues down in Lyme Regis were called out yesterday along with two helicopters , two lifeboats and a warship searching for a missing leisure diver.

The pair had decided to dismiss advice and go out on the water when one of them became overdue sparking the search.

Thankfully the diver was located and brought ashore to be met by Dorset Police who fined the pair.

So please , question is your “exercise “ vital and near to your home?

What if something does happen what are the consequences- don’t stretch emergency services resources by being dismissive of the guidelines.


Friday, 24 April 2020

Don’t Stop , we need your help

We appreciate it’s been tough and we keep repeating ourselves but we really need you to stay  at home and exercise close to home.

We would ask people to think seriously about the unintended consequences of what would happen if something went wrong while they were in the sea or at the coast.

We urge people to give the coast a miss because we want to prevent our teams and their families being put at risk and putting pressure on the NHS.

Respect our community and stay at home , Dorset Police continue to do patrols in the area and that includes their marine section out on the water.

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Do your bit - stay at home

Thank you to most who  are following the guidelines and staying  and exercising close to home.

Please do your bit to make this lockdown work and stay at home.

Working with our partner agencies the area is monitored and you should not be travelling by car to local beauty spots or the coast.

Don’t put the teams and NHS at risk.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Reported persons on Ballard


The team were paged this evening at 5pm  to a report of someone climbing on Ballard. 

Due to the current restrictions the team deployed an initial team to investigate the report whilst the remaining members stood by to respond if required. 

A visual check of the cliff was carried out and the informant called to confirm what was seen. After 30 minutes of searching nothing further was seen and no further reports were made.