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.
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 investigate a ‘white light’ flashing 1.2km east of Charmouth. With the recent poor weather and the abundance of landslips, a concerned member of the public thought somebody may be in danger; especially as the torch did not appear to be moving and was irregularly flashing. The Coastguard IRT walked to the location and found a person looking for fossils. Well aware of the tides, the ‘target’ had on occasions sat down and waited to make sure the tide had dropped sufficiently enabling him to continue the along the beach. He was advised to stay well away from the bottom of the cliff as the risks associated with the cliffs and beach are greatly heightened when it is dark. The Coastguard have recorded this call as a ‘false alarm with good intent’.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate ‘persons’ thought to be in danger and becoming cut off by the rising tide to the west of Lyme Regis at Seven Rock Point. Monmouth Beach has been subject to a number of substantial landslides in the last two weeks with the beach strewn with mud and debris. The Coastguard IRT walked the mile to Seven Rock Point and located two persons matching the descriptions. There were fossiling. The Coastguard ensured tha they understood the tides and the risks associated with the beach and returned. The Coastguard have recorded this call as a ‘false alarm with good intent’.
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.
The Initial Response Team, the IRT, was tasked to investigate ‘persons’ cut off by the rising tide to the east of Lyme Regis. The whole area was searched and the people on the beach were asked to leave whilst the Coastguard helicopter was used to search the foreshore and the cliffs. No casualties were found. The Coastguard have recorded this call as a ‘false alarm with good intent’.