Saturday, 22 November 2014


A windsurfer has been pulled from the water after apparently getting into difficulty just outside Langstone Harbour.

The Coastguard was contacted just after 12.15pm this afternoon by a dinghy that had spotted some windsurfing gear in the water and located a man face down. They pulled him on board and took him straight back to shore.

The Hayling Island Coastguard Rescue Team, the Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent, three RNLI lifeboats – one from Portsmouth and the two from Hayling Island – were sent to the scene, along with police and ambulance crews. 

The man was then flown by the Coastguard helicopter to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, where he was sadly pronounced deceased.


A woman’s been rescued after falling into the River Lune at St. George’s Quay.

Liverpool Coastguard received a number of 999 calls just after 11am reporting that the woman had slipped and fallen into the water while she was trying to keep her young boy back from the edge. Two passers-by started talking to her and instructed her to get to a place in the river where they could help her out. She did and they pulled her to safety.

The Morecambe and Knott End Coastguard Rescue Teams were sent to the scene, along with the RNLI inshore lifeboat from Morecambe, fire, police and ambulance crews.

Paul Parkes, Watch Manager with Liverpool Coastguard, said:

“This woman was very lucky that two passers-by were able to direct her to a safe point where they could pull her out of the river.

“We always urge people to take extra care when walking along the water’s edge, as you could lose your footing and fall in. Remember, if you see someone in difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

Friday, 21 November 2014


Never be afraid to call the Coastguard, we’d always rather be called than not be called.  When something goes wrong at sea, no matter how small, it always has the potential to become something much worse.  A woman on a cruise ship made the right decision in calling 999 for the Coastguard when after walking out on to her balcony, the door accidently locked behind her yesterday evening at 9:20pm.  As there was no one nearby who could help, rather than panicking she made the right decision and called the Coastguard.

Anyone can get locked out, but at sea it could have become something serious.  The Coastguard were able instantly to call the liner and who sent a crew member to unlock the balcony door. 

The ship in this case was still in the Solent and without the need to task any rescue resources she was speedily returned to safety.

Coastguard Matt West said:

“The Coastguard encourages anyone in trouble at sea to call 999 and while this situation was quickly resolved, it may have become more serious if the lady had been unable to raise the alarm.

I would like to thank her for doing the right thing by calling for help and we hope that she enjoys the rest of her holiday.”

Thursday, 20 November 2014


Coastguards and other emergency services have been putting their skills to the test today, as they took part in a major rescue exercise.

Coastguard Rescue Officers from Newhaven, Birling Gap and Eastbourne were involved in the rope rescue scenario alongside Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire Service, West Sussex Fire Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service.

The exercise took place on West Beach at Newhaven. Starting at midday, a simulated 999 call reported that a car with four people inside had gone over the cliff. Rescue teams were sent to the scene, set up their rope rescue equipment and worked together to free and bring the casualties to the cliff top.
Coastguard Rescue Officers on scene

Coastguard Graham Easton, organiser of today’s exercise, said:

“A search and rescue operation can often involve many different emergency services and agencies, who all have different roles and responsibilities when it comes to dealing with incidents.

“This exercise at Newhaven’s West Beach today was a great opportunity for us to work together to ensure we’re as ready as we can be should an incident like this occur.

“The Coastguard is a 24/7 emergency service, ready to respond at any time day or night to incidents on our coastline or out at sea. Remember, if you see someone in difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

To ensure the scenario is authentic as possible, a car provided by East Sussex Fire Service was placed at the base of the cliffs at West Beach.

Monday, 17 November 2014


If you’re thinking of going for a walk along the coast to visit some of the stunning locations we have in the UK, it’s always good to go prepared.  As well as taking some food and something to drink, there’s some other tips we can give you to make sure you enjoy your walk.

Because conditions can change quickly, we always say you should check the weather before setting out.  Make sure you have appropriate clothing to keep warm and dry and also check the tide times so you don’t get cut off, especially when walking on the shoreline, beaches or crossing tidal causeways.

Keep a look out for warning signs, they can warn you of all sorts of dangers you may not have thought of. We want people to enjoy the coastline as much as we do.

Some of the coastal paths, even on a sunny day can be quite muddy and a lot of them are strewn with rocks so it’s a good idea to make sure you have the right type of shoes or boots.  We have a really good relationship with Ordnance Survey and their maps can help you work out what sort of ground you’ll be walking over and can help you prepare. 

Always wear the right type of footwear
Being able to read a map can really help to make your day better and Ordnance Survey have some great online guides that will help you learn how to read their maps.  You’ll know what obstacles are coming up and be able to take a detour.  Climbing a cliff as a shortcut or worse, falling down one is something you really want to avoid so it’s a good idea to stay away from cliff edges.  They can give way suddenly and could bring your day to a crashing end.

It’s also a good idea to keep dogs on leads near cliff edges.  We’re just as good at rescuing dogs from cliffs as we are people but a lead will save a lot of stress for your dog.

Beware of mud flats and quicksand - that short cut may not be so quick! When you see some mud, it might be tempting to just walk over it, even if you’re wearing wellies.  Some types of mud looks ok to walk on, but once it has you in its grip, it won’t let you escape without help.  If you do get stuck in mud, spread your weight, keep calm and call us.

If you’re not sure where you are there are lots of useful tools that might help you such as; a map, GPS and some apps you download for smartphones.  Coastguards are well trained in asking the right questions to find out exactly where you are, so if you do end up in trouble, any information you can give us to help locate you can save vital time.

If the worse happens and you or someone else is in trouble at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.  We’ll help you.

Richard Hackwell, 
Deputy Head of Coastal Operations
HM Coastguard

Thursday, 13 November 2014


The Coastguard was contacted just after 9.30pm tonight with reports that an elderly male was seen by the sea wall along Meadfoot Sea Road in Torquay. A member of the public said he saw large waves crashing over the wall, spotted the man briefly before he disappeared from view.

The Torbay Coastguard Rescue Team, two lifeboats from Torbay along with the RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor conducted extensive searches of the area but nothing was found. 

Weather conditions on scene are described as poor, with 1 ½ metre swell and a strong onshore wind.

Unless any new information comes to light, the search has been stood down.


A search is underway this morning for a passenger missing from the cross-channel ferry ‘Pride of Kent’.

Dover Coastguard was contacted just after 1.30am by the ferry who reported that a female passenger was missing and they believed she had gone overboard. At the time they were approximately 6 miles off Dover.

A massive search was launched, including the Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent, RNLI lifeboats from Dungeness, Dover and Walmer plus the lifeboat from Calais, along with a tug boat from the Port of Dover, and other ferries that have been passing through the area. So far, nothing has been found. 

The search continues.

UPDATE: 07:35 Thursday 13 November 2014

The 'Pride of Kent' has arrived at Calais and a head count has been carried out. All crew and passengers, including the woman believed to be missing, have been accounted for safe and well.

However, a witness on board the ferry insists they saw someone go overboard. The search involving two lifeboats from Dover and Dungeness is continuing.

UPDATE: 09:30 Thursday 13 November 2014

The area has been extensively searched overnight and into this morning with nothing found. Unless any new information comes to light, the search has been stood down.