ROCKS CLAIM ONE MORE.

Our responders have been out again with the pagers bursting into life at around 14:50 yesterday afternoon ( 21/08/12 ) A call from ambulance control to a person who had slipped on the flat rocks in Kimmeridge bay and was suffering a head injury. Sue and Keith were quickly on the scene along with the Steve from our Kimmeridge Coastguard team. They found the person in the main car park being looked after by some other holiday makers. The person had a very nasty head wound and swelling to the back of their head and from what others had said this person had slipped up with both feet flying and landing straight on the back of their head. An ambulance arrived from Wimbourne some 30 minutes later and took the person to Poole A&E.
A gentle reminder to anyone who visits our wonderful bay the rocks are VERY VERY slippery, stay off anything that looks wet and is brown/black or green in colour, some of the flat rocks look very dry but take great care it’s like walking on ice. Wear good soled shoes or boots with good grip NOT flat soles or flip flops you can change into this type of footwear once you make your camp on the beach. If you need medical help sometimes it is difficult to contact the emergency services from the beach on a mobile due to the high cliffs and poor reception, you may get a phone signal from the main car park. Once you have contacted the emergency services send someone to guide us to the incident as Kimmeridge Bay is a big place and can get very busy especially on the beach.
Don’t let this put you off visiting our wonderful bay it truly is a wonderful place to visit and relax. Take care and stay safe.

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JUST BACK!!!!

Well after a very hot day we are back from a shout. The pagers burst into life at 18:55 on the19/08/12 and thankfully we had just finished our tea. Responding to the pages Ian, Keith, Sue, Helen and Steve took the call. Control informing us that a person had fallen on the beach at a remote place called Worbarrow bay. Ian informed Ambulance control that the Coastguard would be required as the gate down to the beach would be locked and it’s over a mile over a rough road to get to the beach. So all the responders decided to go as many hands may have been required to possibly carry the person off the beach. Our back up was an RRV Paramedic coming from Wareham. On arrival at the beach the person was found standing in pain, cold and a little wet after a swim. The Lulworth Coastguard Team arrived on scene and it was decided to put the person in a Coastguard stretcher and carry the person up to a waiting ambulance. It’s at times like this our small communities work best, both Ian and Steve are also Coastguards in the Kimmeridge team so were familiar with the Coastguard equipment. It all worked very well. I think the poor Paramedic from Bournmouth found it all a little strange having all these people around who all know each other, I suppose you get used to working in Bournmouth on your own. Still I think the Paramedic was glad to be out on a beautiful beach in the Purbecks. Thanks to Lulworth Coastguard as always good to work with you guys and girls see you on the next one. Thanks as well to our responders who give their time for free, thanks guys.

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WELSH’S AT WATCHET

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.

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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.

AN INVASION!!!!

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.

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A picture of the craft.

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RIBs passing NCI Coastwatch St Albans head lookout.

A BUSY DAY, PAGERS BURST INTO LIFE

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???

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A responder pager.

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A Coastguard pager.