April 10, 2013
HM Coastguard is the only emergency service paid for directly by central government. The Police, Ambulance and Fire Services are all funded through local authorities and ‘council tax’ The Coastguard is part of the Department of Transport and is therefore a Government organisation. The Government decided a number of years ago that there were too many sources of Government information and that the public were confused. They decided that all government websites must be located in one place.
The culmination of this website merger will take place later this year when all Government website move to a GOV.UK domain. This means that we are unable to post information that might lead the public to believe that this is an official site.
We are encouraged to have an officially accredited Facebook account. This will continue to report our ‘shouts’ and include information about the wider Coastguard community. Please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/lymeregiscoastguard
December 31, 2012
The Lyme Regis Coastguard team was asked in November to help film a documentary about the extreme weather that we have all experienced in 2012. The team was filmed rescuing the presenter, Miranda Krestovnikoff from the mud at a landslip in Charmouth. This is the same location that we have carried out a number of mud rescues of the last 36 months. The rescue, even in a ‘controlled environment’ was extremely physical and difficult. It really does highlight the hazard and risks associated with the mud and quicksand along the Jurassic Coast.
March 13, 2012
Our annual presentation and dinner this year was held at the Pilot Boat in Lyme Regis. We were joined by Norman Smee, a senior member of HM Coastguard management. Norman has been responsible for all the coastguard teams and HM Coastguard facilities on the South Coast. Together with Pete Pritchard our Sector Manager, he joined us to make two very special awards. Richard Edmonds has been part of the local volunteer Coastguard team for over twenty years and as such was presented with a long service medal. The volunteers in the local rescue teams are the only individuals within the HM Coastguard who are eligible for this medal. It is issued by Royal Warrant from the Queen and is specially minted for the individual concerned. Richard has participated in over 400 rescues or ‘shouts’. The other award was made to Nigel Clarke who retired from the team after 16 years of service. Nigel helped in excess of 300 search & rescues. Both Richard & Nigel have demonstrated remarkable commitment and sense of duty as well as making an exceptional contribution to the safety of the community. The current team members would like to express our gratitude to them both and their families for their support.
April 3, 2009
The coastguard team carried out a joint exercise with our flight crew colleagues of Coastguard Rescue helicopter 106. The purpose of the exercise was to establish the best method of rescuing a casualty trapped in mud in inaccessible locations. Due to our constantly changing coastline with rock falls and landslides, there are places, in particular Black Ven and to the east of Charmouth, that are extremely difficult to reach without the help of a helicopter.
November 11, 2008
Two members of the Coastguard team visited Charmouth Primary School today at the invitation of Year 5 pupils. The children had an opportunity to look at all the rescue equipment carried in the 4*4 vehicle and also to practice their VHF radio skills. The children had diligently prepared a number of questions about the role of a coastguard and beach safety in general. The Coastguard team would like to extend our thanks to the pupils and the staff for making the visit worthwhile.
October 10, 2008
This morning at 1120, the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from Portland discovered a body at the bottom of cliffs near Beer Head. It is believed to be that of a missing woman, Julianna Gregory. The Beer coastguard team recovered the body. A thorough land and sea search was launched by police when Julianna left her home unexpectedly without her medication or money on Tuesday 7 October. The death is not being treated as suspicious by the police.
September 22, 2008
It was reported earlier today the car belonging to 26 year old Victoria Mann had been recovered from the seabed near Burton Bradstock. Unfortunately it was also confirmed that the body of Victoria has been recovered from the vehicle. She has missing since October 2007. Lyme Regis Coastguards had joined their colleagues at West Bay during extensive searches of the local beaches and the surrounding countryside last year.