The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to rescue two people cut off by the tide, 750 metres east of the river Char, Charmouth. The incoming spring tide still had three hours until high water and the casualties were trapped out of sight behind a mud slip The RNLI lifeboat was launched to establish a visual contact and to provide an accurate assessment of the scene. Unfortunately the sea state meant that the lifeboat was unable to get to access the beach or to put a crew ashore. With only about 30 minutes of beach remaining for the casualties, it was agreed to scramble the Coastguard Rescue helicopter 106. The helicopter was on scene in 8 minutes from Portland and was able to winch both of the casualties to safety and drop them off at a landing site in Charmouth. The two casualties were cold and shaken but did not require any further medical attention. The Coastguard offered some safety advice about the potential danger of tides especially the ‘spring’ tides which have greatest tidal range and are encountered the week after the new and full moon.
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 Coastguard Initial Response Team, the IRT was tasked to two people trapped on the North Wall by the rising spring tide. Despite their apparent proximity to safety, they had been stuck for five hours in deteriorating weather conditions. It was decided it was in the best interest of the casualties for Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat to launch to recover all the ‘casualties’ . The visitors were all returned ‘safe and well’ to the lifeboat station.
The Coastguard Initial Response Team, the IRT was tasked to six persons cut off by the rising tide between Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Due to their location in between the groynes, the coastguard organised for Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat to launch to recover all the ‘casualties’ . They were all returned ‘safe and well’ to the lifeboat station.
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’.
Whilst returning to stationafter the earlier incident, the team again was tasked to rescue another two young men who were cut off by the tide, east of Lyme Regis. Both the casualties were returned to the safety of Gun Cliff Wharf after following instructions from the coastguard.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT,was tasked to assist the RNLI with the rescue of a two people cut off by the tide at Church Cliffs, Lyme Regis. They had climbed up onto the sea defence wall and were making their way up the cliff. They did not realise that, despite their efforts, there was no safe exit. The RNLI lifeboat crew got the couple on-board the boat. The couple were returned to the harbour, safe and well.