The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate a major landslide of some 10,000 tonnes to the east of Charmouth. A very large landslide at cascaded onto the beach below Westhay Farm. This slip now blocks the beach 2 hours before high water.
The whole Coastguard team was tasked to search for a missing fisherman lost in the harbour. The RNLI lifeboat together with the Coastguard rescue helicopter were also dispatched to assist. After an extensive search, the fisherman was located at home having left his tender vessel loose in the harbour.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate a person in the water. A concerned member of the public had seen a fisherman go overboard and then disappear. The coastguard asked for the launch of the RNLI life boat who managed to locate the casualty, safe and well, on the other side of his vessel. He had jumped overboard to try and free his propeller which had become stuck in his net.
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 assist the RNLI with the rescue of a father and son who had capsized their inflatable kayak, 300 metres offshore at Charmouth. The vessel had been capsized by the surf as the pair turned to come ashore after they realised the environmental conditions were too hazardous. They were unable to right the kayak but had managed to scramble onto the upturned hull. They called the coastguard realising their predicament could easily deteriorate further. Both father and 12 year old son were well equipped with buoyancy aids, a VHF radio & a charged mobile phone. The ‘casualties’ were returned to Lyme Regis harbour suffering from mild hypothermia and shock. They were gradually ‘warmed up’ and checked over by paramedics. After two hours, they were able to return to their holiday accommodation to continue their holiday on dry land!
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.