The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate a ‘white light’ flashing 1.2km east of Charmouth. With the recent poor weather and the abundance of landslips, a concerned member of the public thought somebody may be in danger; especially as the torch did not appear to be moving and was irregularly flashing. The Coastguard IRT walked to the location and found a person looking for fossils. Well aware of the tides, the ‘target’ had on occasions sat down and waited to make sure the tide had dropped sufficiently enabling him to continue the along the beach. He was advised to stay well away from the bottom of the cliff as the risks associated with the cliffs and beach are greatly heightened when it is dark. The Coastguard have recorded this call as a ‘false alarm with good intent’.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to meet the police at the Crow’s Nest as concern for public safety increased due to numerous local landslides Previously a number of cracks had developed on the the SW Coast path itself with all cliffs to the west of Lyme Regis showing signs of significant movement. A small number of chalets near the beach in Lyme Regis have also been displaced from their foundations by the shifting ground.
Whilst coordinating the rescue of the lady who had been swept out to sea whilst trying to rescue her dog, the coastguard were tasked again to assist with an injured surfer. The male surfer had suffered injuries to his face when one of the fins on his board had struck him on the bridge of his nose. After the adrenalin had worn off, the blood pressure of the casualty started to fall dramatically. South West Ambulance service took the casualty to Dorchester hospital so that his head injury could be thoroughly checked and his blood pressure stabilised
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to Charmouth to help with the rescue of a woman who had been swept out to sea whilst trying to rescue her Jack Russell dog from the undertow. The dog had been caught in the backwash of large wave on a rising tide with a ‘gnarly’ surf. Fortunately, another family member and a passer-by recovered the woman from the surf. The Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 106 was sent to the scene and the on-board paramedic provided medical attention to the female casualty. For a further hour, the Coastguard together with our colleagues at the RNLI carried out a sea and beach search looking for the dog. A search 300m east and west of the scene the following morning also failed to locate the dog. At the time of writing, the dog unfortunately remains missing.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate ‘persons’ thought to be in danger and becoming cut off by the rising tide to the west of Lyme Regis at Seven Rock Point. Monmouth Beach has been subject to a number of substantial landslides in the last two weeks with the beach strewn with mud and debris. The Coastguard IRT walked the mile to Seven Rock Point and located two persons matching the descriptions. There were fossiling. The Coastguard ensured tha they understood the tides and the risks associated with the beach and returned. The Coastguard have recorded this call as a ‘false alarm with good intent’.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate reports of cracks developing in the SW Coast path, near Underhill Farm to the west of Lyme Regis. A number of serious cracks & fissures were found together with signs of movement near the Crow’s Nest and Chimney Rock. A further inspection of all the major coastal access points between Seaton & Seatown found a number of areas where many landslips and mudslides have recently occurred. The recent poor weather has made all the cliffs and coastal paths extremely susceptible to ‘movement’. A number of warning signs were placed in appropriate places and all the relevant landowners and authorities advised. A few days later the coast path between Lyme Regis and Seaton was closed by Devon County Council & Natural England.
An off duty coastguard and sailing club member, reported that a number of sailing dinghies had been capsized in a dramatic squall about 200m from Lyme Regis harbour The Initial Response Team, the IRT, together with the RNLI lifeboat were tasked to assist the sailing club safety boat with the rescue of the casualties from the water. One fifteen year old girl had mild hypothermia and was quickly returned to the lifeboat station. Before returning home she was checked over by the an ambulance paramedic to ensure she was suffering no ill effects from her ordeal.