Last Friday ( 3rd August ) saw a very rare occurrence the Welsh Family left the village for a rare day out. As Sub officer Welsh is a bit of a train nut along with his nephew Dan it was decided that a trip to the West Somerset Railway was a good idea. So ensuring that the village was in safe hands off they set. Arriving at Bishops Lydeard train station to catch the 10:10 to Minehead, being pulled by a Manor class loco as informed by Dan, they set off on a 20 mile trip to Minehead. They decided to break the return journey at Watchet where they enjoyed a blow out picnic with a side order of chips. While eating a familiar blue and white sign came into view, a coastguard station of course Sub Officer Welsh had to go and have a look. He got to the station to find a CRO ( Coastguard Rescue Officer ) cleaning some Mud rescue gear after a training session. This chap made the Welsh’s very welcome, so thank you to the CRO at Watchet, I’m sorry they didn’t get your name. More on Watchet Coastguard in later blogs. So if your reading this chaps thanks again from the Welsh’s.
Mrs B Welsh, Station Officer Welsh, Dan Welsh, Sub Officer Welsh, Firefighter Sue Welsh.
With the annual trip out of the village gone by the Welsh’s can settle back into village life, keeping Kimmeridge safe and sound. With a busy weekend ahead for the team at the Purbeck Rally in Wareham Dorset they need a rest after such a hectic day. More on the Purbeck Rally in later blogs.It’s a great day out, come and say hi the dates are 10th 11th an 12th of August.
Our local Kimmeridge Coastguard crew of Martin and Ian were out for a sunny patrol on a hot Sunday morning in our local area when a visit to National Coastwatch lookout at St Albans head witnessed what looked like an invasion. Coming from the east ( from the Swanage direction ) white water was all that could be seen. A large number of small craft heading their way at speed had the poor NCI watchkeepers hopping up and down wondering how they were going to log all these fast craft heading their way, as the craft closed the lookout it became clear that these were fast RIBs ( Rigid inflatable boats ) on closer inspection through powerful binoculars it became clear that all had Police markings on the side of the craft. Some 25 RIBs passed the lookout with the NCIs watchkeepers doing a grand and very professional job logging these fast moving craft. It made quite a sight. The craft were on route to Portland Dorset to help with the security for the Olympic sailing events.
A picture of the craft.
RIBs passing NCI Coastwatch St Albans head lookout.
Talk about busy. Our pagers broke the still nights silence at 01:44 ( 1.44am ) this Wednesday morning. The call from ambulance control was for a person vomiting blood. Responders Steve, Helen, Keith,Bernard, Sue and Ian responded to the call. Now readers may wonder why all of our responders turn up, because of our wonderful position mobile phones, radios and the like don’t work. Our unit uses a pager system so when alerted all the units pagers go off. So back to the shout, after receiving the address it was decided that we all go so we could drop off responders dressed in Hi Viz Jackets on route to guide the Ambulance to this address ( I forgot to say Sat Navs don’t work either, well they will get you to the top of the village and say you have arrived ) the address in question would be almost impossible to find on Sat Nav alone. Sue and Bernard were positioned up the narrow road while Steve, Helen Ian and Keith headed for the address. On arrival at the address they found a very distressed person. Steve and Ian dealt with the person while Helen and Keith filled in the paper work. A Paramedic in an RRV arrived from Swanage a little while later only to be told yet again an Ambulance was being dispatched from Poole!! After some brill signposting from Sue and Bernard the Ambulance arrived to take the Person off to Poole A&E. So for the weary responders it was off to bed, the time 03:00 ( 3.00am ) ready to get up for work a little later in the morning, for me it was about 06:00 ( 6.00am ). Why you may ask do we do it. FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS.
THANKS AGAIN to all our brilliant responders, being there taking care.
After a busy Monday the pagers yet again burst into life at 20:37 ( 8.37pm )Tuesday evening to a call from ambulance control to say that they were taking a call from the bay area from a worried parent whose child had fallen earlier during the day hitting their head and was now being very very sick and very quiet. Responders Keith, Ian, Sue, Helen and Steve turning out for the shout. It was decided to take two cars to go to the bay area as the caller did not quite know where they exactly were, all they could say was that they were in a car park. As Kimmeridge bay has three car parks, it was decided that Keith, Sue, and Ian search the main car park and Steve and Helen the boat car park and slipway. A little while later the persons were located in the slipway car park. Ambulance back up was some 40 minutes away. Observation were carried out on the child and details taken while awaiting the arrival of the Ambulance crew. The child and mother were taken to Poole A&E. It just goes to prove how vital a responder scheme is to a small isolated community, had this child been critically ill our responders were with them in seven minutes this included looking for them. They would have been able to give life saving treatment until the arrival of the ambulance. A BIG THANK YOU to all our volunteers who give up their time for no pay or reward. THANK YOU.
Our responder team had a busy day yesterday ( Monday ) at about 12.00 noon the pagers burst into life for a call down at the beach. Our station officer Keith was at home trying to get his hedge cut which is quite tall and very long so as is usual he called on the help of Steve who not only is a very good gardener but also has all the right tools for the job. Now Steve with his other hat on is the officer in charge of our Coastguard cliff rescue team here at Kimmeridge. Keith’s pager burst into life first followed a nano second later by Steve’s Coastguard pager. Keith called Ambulance control on the radio who advised him that a person had slipped on the rocks on the beach. Hedge cutting dropped the pair proceeded to the beach. Steve by this time had asked the Coastguard control to team page ( put all the pagers in for the rest of the team ) the rest of the Kimmeridge team as the position of the person might require a long carry back along the beach in the Coastguard stretcher.
Our other Steve responded to his Coastguard pager and collected the Coastguard Truck from its garage and proceeded to the beach car park. Our Sub officer Ian ( who was shopping in Wareham on a day off )responded to his pager and met them in the car park as well. Southwestern Ambulance Service had sent an RRV ( Rapid Response Vehicle ) from Swanage with a Paramedic on board. On getting down to the beach the person was a long distance to the west side of Kimmeridge bay over very slippery rocks. The Paramedic called for back up from a Road ambulance. On reaching the person who had slipped and landed badly on their arm it became clear that a long bumpy carry back along the beach would be very painful indeed. A joint plan came together that it would be safer for all that the Air Ambulance should be used to lift this person an take them to Poole A&E. So clearing a very busy beach of all the people who had come down to Kimmeridge bay on the hottest day of the year so far to enjoy the cool clear waters, the Air Ambulance came into land and the person was swiftly carried away. Steve and Ian then drove the Coastguard truck to Poole A&E to collect the Coastguard stretcher. Keith and Steve returned to hedge cutting with Keith worried that the hourly rate for the hedge had now racked up many hours, the call out finally rapping up at about 15:00 Hrs ( 3.00pm ). All persons back safe and sound we all returned back to our daily tasks. Ian enjoyed what was left of his day off, or so he thought. A little after 19:45 and during their evening meal the pagers burst into life again this time a responder call to the next village along to a person who was possibly having a Stroke. Ian and Sue responded along with an RRV from Swanage and an Ambulance from Wareham. Returning home at about 21:20 to a cold meal the busy day drew to a close. The start of a busy summer perhaps???
A responder pager.
A Coastguard pager.