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 assist our West Bay flank team with a cliff rescue. The location of the cliff rescue of a female and her dog was between Thorncombe Beacon and Doghouse Hill. Due to the saturated weather conditions and the terrain, it impossible to reach the location by 4*4. Consequently all the equipment, to undertake such a rescue, had to be carried about 1 mile to the location. This made the rescue arduous The casualty and her dog were safely recovered to the top of the cliff.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to reports of a dog trapped in the rock armour protecting the foreshore to the west of Charmouth. Fortunately on arrival the dog had managed to wriggle free and the team was stood down.