The Coastguard Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester to pick up a patient who had recently undergone an operation. The Coastguard was asked to return the patient to their home address in Lyme Regis. The severe wintry conditions had made the roads very difficult to pass. The Coastguard 4*4 vehicle was able to make the journey safely.
The Coastguard team was tasked to rescue a 54 year old man who had fallen 80m off the Golden Cap, southern England’s highest cliff. The casualty had been prevented from falling further by deep undergrowth. After locating the casualty, the paramedic winchman from the Coastguard helicopter was lowered to stabilise the casualty. The Coastguard cliff rescue team lowered a ‘cliff man’ to assist with first aid and readying the casualty to be airlifted, medevacced, to Dorchester Hospital. The casualty has needed assistance with breathing overnight and will require extensive orthopaedic surgery. At dusk and at the beginning of the first real cold night of this winter, the casualty was very lucky that another walker had heard his ‘groans’ and had raised the alarm.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to assist a 49 year old fisherman who had been swept into the sea whilst fishing from Monmouth beach, Lyme Regis. He had managed to recover himself to the shore but was cold and disorientated. The weather that night was appalling with a strong gale blowing from the south west together with very heavy rain and a heavy sea swell. After being checked out by South West Ambulance Service, the fisherman was returned to his home address by the Coastguard.
The Initial Response Team, the ‘IRT’, was asked to search for a person who appeared to be lost on the cliffs to the east of Lyme Regis. The person, dressed in dark clothing, kept disappearing and appearing amongst the vegetation on the cliff edge below the Spittles. He seemed wholly unfamiliar with the risks of the area i.e. quicksand and appeared unable to locate the tracks used by ‘fossilers’. The Coastguard searched the immediate area together with the obvious ‘escape’ routes. A search of the car parks and streets to the east of the town was also undertaken. Nobody was found. There were no reports of a missing, lost or overdue person and the search was stood down pending further information.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to assist South West Ambulance with the rescue of a 40-year-old female. The casualty had fallen on the rock armour below Gun Cliff, Lyme Regis. The paramedics determined that the injuries to her back were serious and requested the help of the Coastguard. The casualty was airlifted, ‘medevacced’ to Dorset County Hospital by Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 106.
The whole Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to continue the search for a missing person from the previous night. The team searched again the beach and the Undercliff, Axmouth harbour, the cliffs and beaches around the harbour together with all the outbuildings in and around Axe Cliff Golf Club. This search was with the benefit of daylight. The Lyme Regis inshore lifeboat, Sidmouth lifeboat, the Dorset Police helicopter and Dartmoor mountain rescue team were also involved the search. Having completed this search area, the team was deployed to search fields, woods and water courses to the north west of Seaton. The search was temporarily stood down after the Police established that the missing person had probably left the area.
The whole Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to assist Devon Police and the Beer Coastguard team with the search for a missing person. The 37 year old male had gone missing from Beer earlier in the day and his car had been found abandoned near a cafe in Seaton. The Lyme Regis Coastguard team searched the Undercliff, Axmouth harbour, the cliffs and beaches around the harbour together with all the outbuildings in and around Axe Cliff Golf Club.