The whole Coastguard Team was tasked to reports of a large landslide 200 metres west of the entrance to Monmouth beach, Lyme Regis. together with the Coastguard helicopter, that was diverted from a training exercise, it was established that there did not appear to be anyone trapped or missing. The landowners and the local town & district councils attended and closed the beach as the landslide continued throughout the day. The Coastguard remained ‘on scene’ until the incoming tide, meant the slip was inaccessible. The Coastguard would urge all beach users to follow the advice given on the signs, stay well away from the cliffs and check the tidal conditions to avoid being ‘cut off’. Please be careful and do not take any unnecessary risks.
The whole Coastguard team was tasked to help Dorset Police with a male despondent who had threatened to commit suicide at the Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast. The coastguard team, together with the coastguard helicopter and the RNLI lifeboat carried out an extensive search of the beaches and countryside between the Golden Cap and Lyme Regis. The local man was found ‘safe and well’ by the police in Lyme Regis.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate ‘persons’ cut off by the rising tide to the east of Lyme Regis. The whole area was searched and the people on the beach were asked to leave whilst the Coastguard helicopter was used to search the foreshore and the cliffs. No casualties were found. The Coastguard have recorded this call as a ‘false alarm with good intent’.
The Initial Response Team (IRT) was tasked to assist Rescue 106, the Coastguard Helicopter, based in Portland. A lady, in her mid thirties, had fallen and sustained a suspected broken leg. The accident had happened below Black Venn, to the east of Lyme Regis in the ‘surf’ line of the incoming tide. The helicopter lowered the winch-man paramedic to the beach. The casualty was placed in a stretcher and ‘medevacced’ to Dorset County hospital at Dorchester.
The whole Coastguard rescue team was to reports of a 13-year-old boy trapped following a major landslip on the beach below Stonebarrow, east of Charmouth. On arrival at the scene it was quickly established that the teenager was trapped in the mud up to his thighs in an existing mudflow. The situation was compounded as the rocks and mud were continuing to fall onto the casualty & the rescuers. The casualty, who suffered from ‘brittle bones’ was very carefully extracted from the mud and placed on a basket stretcher. He was checked out by the paramedic who had earlier been dropped on scene by the Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 106. The teenager was stretchered from the beach to a land ambulance were he was carefully checked over. He was later allowed to home to continue his holiday in Charmouth.
The recent extreme rainfall has made the cliffs very unstable and heightened the risk that of mudslides and landslips. Please stay away from the cliffs and the mud.
The IRT was tasked to investigate two 999 calls that indicated a male casualty was stuck & cut off by the tide east of Lyme Regis, between Church Cliffs and Black Ven. Following the severe weather and gales overnight, the sea state was rough and members of the public were concerned for his safety. The ‘target’ was located through the binoculars and appeared to be insistent on trying to access the beach, dodging the breakers and the surf. Since the coastguard were unable to reach the ‘casualty’ from land, the IRT decided to ask the Coastguard helicopter, to fly over to ensure that the ‘casualty’ was indeed safe. The ‘casualty’ was safe and was kept under observation for an hour to ensure he did not fall into the sea. It was suspected that the individual was ‘fossiling’ and was overly keen to ensure that no ‘finds’ alluded him as the tide receded.