The whole Coastguard Team was tasked to reports of a large landslide 200 metres west of the entrance to Monmouth beach, Lyme Regis. together with the Coastguard helicopter, that was diverted from a training exercise, it was established that there did not appear to be anyone trapped or missing. The landowners and the local town & district councils attended and closed the beach as the landslide continued throughout the day. The Coastguard remained ‘on scene’ until the incoming tide, meant the slip was inaccessible. The Coastguard would urge all beach users to follow the advice given on the signs, stay well away from the cliffs and check the tidal conditions to avoid being ‘cut off’. Please be careful and do not take any unnecessary risks.
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.
The Coastguard IRT, Initial Response team, was tasked to investigate a cliff fall / landslip, 400 metres to the east of Charmouth. The slip had happened the evening before but access to the area was prevented due the high ‘spring’ tide. No one had been reported in the vicinity of the fall and no one reported missing. However, the ‘fall’ was investigated to ‘double check and then the details passed to the relaxant authorities and landowners. Members of the public are reminded to stay vigilant heed any warning signs and stay away from the base of the cliffs.
The whole Coastguard team was tasked to assist our colleagues in the West Bay team with the rescue of a paraglider who crashed into the cliffs at Eype. The 77 year old male was recovered from the cliff face by the Coastguard helicopter and taken to Dorset County Hospital with a dislocated hip.
The Initial Response Team (IRT) was tasked to reports of four young men in trouble in a Zodiac dinghy west of seven Rock Point, Lyme Regis. Whilst the dinghy was kept under observation, it was apparent that it was danger of hitting the rocks. The Coastguard asked for the launch of the RNLI inshore lifeboat to assist. Whilst the lifeboat stood by, the dinghy eventually reached the beach with all its crew safe and well. None of the crew had lifejackets, flares or a VHF radio and were given appropriate safety advice.