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 the RNLI with the recovery of deceased female whose body had been seen floating in the sea near Chesil Beach. In these unfortunate circumstances, it is the role of the Coastguard and the RNLI to ensure that the body is recovered safely and with as much dignity as is humanely possible It is also the role to protect the scene as much as possible before the matter can be handed across to the investigation teams of Police. At the time of writing, the woman has not been formally identified; no one has been reported missing Her identity and the circumstances around her death remain unexplained.