The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to rescue two people cut off by the tide, 750 metres east of the river Char, Charmouth. The incoming spring tide still had three hours until high water and the casualties were trapped out of sight behind a mud slip The RNLI lifeboat was launched to establish a visual contact and to provide an accurate assessment of the scene. Unfortunately the sea state meant that the lifeboat was unable to get to access the beach or to put a crew ashore. With only about 30 minutes of beach remaining for the casualties, it was agreed to scramble the Coastguard Rescue helicopter 106. The helicopter was on scene in 8 minutes from Portland and was able to winch both of the casualties to safety and drop them off at a landing site in Charmouth. The two casualties were cold and shaken but did not require any further medical attention. The Coastguard offered some safety advice about the potential danger of tides especially the ‘spring’ tides which have greatest tidal range and are encountered the week after the new and full moon.
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.