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 (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.