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.
An off duty coastguard and sailing club member, reported that a number of sailing dinghies had been capsized in a dramatic squall about 200m from Lyme Regis harbour The Initial Response Team, the IRT, together with the RNLI lifeboat were tasked to assist the sailing club safety boat with the rescue of the casualties from the water. One fifteen year old girl had mild hypothermia and was quickly returned to the lifeboat station. Before returning home she was checked over by the an ambulance paramedic to ensure she was suffering no ill effects from her ordeal.
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.