2013 Incident #5 03.02.13 1341UTC #0295

February 3, 2013

Whilst on a patrol of the local area, checking access points, The Initial Response Team was were sent to Charmouth beach following a 999 call.  Three people were reported as stuck in the mud, up to their waists, in the landslide to the east of the river Char.  On arrival at scene, it was quickly established that the children aged 11 & 13 had managed to free themselves but that their father remained stuck.  Dad had gone to try and  rescue the children himself and had quickly sunk up to his waist only a metre from safe ground.  Two local fossilers had then managed to to pull the father to safety as the mud rescue team mustered.  All were safe and well and able to return home straight away minus three pairs of wellies. 

If you become stuck in mud try to spread your weight as much as possible. If you have a mobile phone call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.  Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can.  Discourage others from attempting to rescue you, since without the proper equipment they could become stuck too.


2012 Incident #62 15.12.12 1320UTC #5495

December 15, 2012

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.

2012 Incident #25 07.07.12 0933UTC #2460

July 7, 2012

The whole coastguard team was tasked to assist Dorset Fire & Rescue with the rescue of persons and chattels following the severe flooding of the River Char. The river had risen nearly 6 metres and was flooding houses in Charmouth. The team was then tasked to Lyme Regis to assist with the protection of people and properties in the vicinity of the River Lim.