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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WATCHETS COASTGUARD

What a friendly chap at Watchet Coastguard. This chap made the Welsh’s very welcome and gave them a tour of the kit and station. Their truck is a Nissan Navara. This is the same type of truck which is stationed at Swanage Coastguard. We must say this truck was spotlessly clean. Watchet Coastguard are a Mud and Cliff rescue team with search capabilities. A team of 11 work out of a very nice little station right on the quay front with views from the top window of the Welsh coast.

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A very clean truck, a credit to the team at Watchet.

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Three wise monkeys, perhaps not that wise!!!

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.

LOW TIDES AT KIMMERIDGE.

Last bank holiday Monday we had very low tides in Kimmeridge Bay. As we have one of the only concrete slipways between Swanage and Lulworth we get a huge number of dive clubs launching their boats to dive the many wrecks that litter our coastline. We witnessed one boat in particular ignoring the 5 Knot speed limit in the bay and keeping their boat on the plain right up to nearly the slipway. This not only puts swimmers in danger but also the people in the boat from hitting the many rocks lying just under the waters surface.The speed limit starts at the mouth of the bay and is marked by large yellow speed bouys. Our bay at Kimmeridge is an underwater nature reserve one of only a handful in the country and the speed limit is there to protect the sea life living in this habitat, it also protects the many swimmers and snorkelers that make the most of the crystal clear waters. So please coxswains of dive boats and skippers of pleasure craft STICK TO THE LIMIT look after our sea life and keep a good lookout for swimmers. I will at this point make it clear that most dive clubs and boat owners act in a responsible manner, so let us all keep an eye out for those that don’t and if we witness this type of behaviour in our lovely bay lets all have a quiet word of education to the offenders. Enjoy Kimmeridge responsibly.

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A picture of the low tide. ( the boat pictured was not the offending craft )