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.



This weekend part of the team will be at the Purbeck Rally in Wareham Dorset. This is truly a brilliant show with something for the whole family. Classic cars, tractors, steam engines large and small, military vehicles craft stalls and trade stands. The show dates are Friday 10th August, Saturday 11th August and Sunday 12th August. Gates open early so come on down and enjoy an excellent country show. Pop along and say hello to the crew take a look around one of our Landrovers and the response quad. A big big thank you to Donna, Richard, Keith and all the rest of the guys and girls of the Purbeck Rally team for your support of KERV. Pictures of the weekend will follow in later blogs.


The Landrover 109 looking very shiny, sometimes I think we have shares in a polish company.


A bonnet to eat your dinner off, just no scratching the paint work.


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.

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

Three wise monkeys, perhaps not that wise!!!


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.