Friday, 31 December 2010

MAN SAVED FROM LONG, COLD WAIT FOR TIDE TO GO OUT ON ST MARY’S ISLAND

Humber Coastguard this morning saved a man from a long, cold wait after he was cut off by the tide in Whitley Bay.

At 11.48 a 999 call was received from a person who had third-hand information of a work colleague cut off by the tide in the Whitley bay area. He thought it was by St. Mary’s but couldn’t give Humber Coastguard an exact location.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat were immediately sent to the scene to start searching whilst Coastguards talked to the stranded man by phone. Despite a considerable language barrier the Coastguard officer’s pertinent questioning drew out the exact location of the casualty.

The man was found, cold and a little wet, and taken to shore by the lifeboat, where he was met by the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

Alex Harrison, Humber Coastguard Watch Officer says:

"This man was very lucky that a work colleague was concerned enough to call us when he did because it was almost high water and so he would have been trapped for several hours, in inclement weather conditions, waiting to get back ashore.

 "If you’re visiting the coast this new year please check the time of the tide carefully before you start your walk as we want everyone to go home safely.”

-Ends-

• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. http://www.seavisionuk.org/

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Thursday, 30 December 2010

LONE KAYAKER MAKES WATERY CALL FOR HELP

A lone kayaker called for help this morning by making a 999 call from the cold sea off Newton Point, Porthcawl.

As he spoke to Swansea Coastguard he was drifting out to sea in the choppy tide. Swansea Coastguard immediately sent the Porthcawl RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, RAF Rescue helicopter 169 from Chivenor and the Porthcawl Coastguard Rescue Team. The kayaker was rescued by the lifeboat and taken for medical attention.
 
Steve Jones, Watch Manager at Swansea Coastguard said;

"This is an everyday story of a lone kayaker that gets into difficulties in choppy seas. The difference in this tale is that this kayaker was carrying his mobile phone in an acquapack secured to his body. This simple but effective piece of forward planning meant that when he was separated from his kayak and being carried out to sea his mobile was dry and working so he could summon the help he needed.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

COASTGUARD SEARCH FOR TWO BOATS LOST IN FOG

Swansea Coastguard are warning members of the public to check weather reports and take appropriate equipment before setting out to sea after two vessels in two days got into difficulty in fog and had to call for help.

The first incident happened at 4.25 yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) when people on board a 16ft angling boat contacted Swansea Coastguard to advise that they had run aground near Penarth due to low visibility.  They were able to give an approximate position based on their GPS but were not entirely sure of their exact location and so Swansea Coastguard sent out Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team to find the stricken vessel.  The Penarth RNLI inshore lifeboat was also sent out to search, but with visibility down to about 80ft at the time it was very difficult for resources to find her.  At 6.00 pm both the Coastguard and the inshore Lifeboat located the vessel and it was decided that they would wait until high water to refloat the boat.  At 9.00 pm the vessel refloated and safely returned to Cardiff Bay.  The three people on board were wearing lifejackets but did not have a working radio.

At 08.49 this morning people on board another angling vessel contacted Swansea Coastguard to advise that they had been out fishing and had got lost in the fog.  They thought that they were somewhere near the mouth of the River Usk, near Newport.  Again, they were calling on a mobile phone as they had no working radios on board, and the only information they had was that they were near a specific type of buoy that marks the end of a sewer pipe (outfall buoy).  Using this information, and location information from their mobile phone, Swansea Coastguard again sent the Penarth Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI lifeboat to search for the boat.  Due to the low visibility it took the lifeboat two hours to search around every outfall buoy in the area and eventually locate the vessel, at which point they escorted them back to their moorings on the River Usk.

Bernie Kemble, Watch Manager, Swansea Coastguard said:

“The break between Christmas and New Year might seem like an ideal time to take out a boat, but low visibility makes it extremely challenging to navigate a vessel safely or to give an accurate location if you get into difficulty.  The people on board these vessels were lucky that they had sufficient mobile phone signal to call for help, as neither had working radios on board, and although the first vessel had flares it is unlikely they would have been seen in dense fog.  If you are setting out to sea, regardless of the weather conditions, you should always ensure you have navigation equipment, flares, a working radio and enough lifejackets for everyone on board.”

Monday, 27 December 2010

THREE RESCUED FROM COLD SOLENT AFTER BEING THROWN FROM RHIB

Three people were rescued from the Solent this afternoon after a very faint Mayday message was heard.
Solent Coastguard first held a faint call for help at just after noon today. To help establish exactly where the incident had happened Solent Coastguard asked the National Coastwatch Institute at Gosport to start a visual search. They alerted the Coastguard to an orange flare that had been set off and then reported that a yacht and the Police launch were approaching the RHIB and rescuing those on board.

Two people were transferred from the yacht to the Gosport & Fareham Independent Rescue Service and taken ashore for medical treatment. The remaining three crew were rescued by the Police launch. All five were met by volunteers from the Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and paramedics. Three were taken to hospital for medical attention.

Alan Waters, Duty Watch Manager at Solent Coastguard said
"The occupants of the RHIB were very lucky that they were spotted quickly as the water is very cold. Although the RHIB appears to have all the latest communications equipment it wasn’t used to call for assistance and so appears to be a case of ‘all the gear but no idea’.

“If you’re the skipper make sure that you and your crew know how to call for help if you need it. It could save your life.”

-Notes to Editors-
• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. http://www.seavisionuk.org/
• Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch
• Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

Case of missing kayaker solved by single phone call

A major search for a kayaker who was last seen leaving the Isle of Lewis on Christmas Day was finally called off by Stornoway Coastguard when the kayaker called the Coastguard to confirm that he was safe and well.

The kayaker left his vehicle in the small community of Carishader on the Isle of Lewis on Christmas Day. He was seen heading out with a kayak and not seen returning.

Stornoway Coastguard also asked the Police for assistance in tracing contact details for the owner of the vehicle and following yesterday’s Force 9 winds with rain and sleet Stornoway Coastguard started a major search at 8.30am this morning. Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Stornoway, the volunteer Coastguard Rescue teams from Miavaig, Breasclete and Stornoway and the Western Isles Sector Manager were asked to search the Loch Roag area between Uig and Bernera. The RNLI All-weather lifeboat from Stornoway was also asked to head to Loch Roag and three boats from Sea Trek and three boats from Scottish Salmon joined the search.

At 11.08 this morning the missing kayaker, responding to an answer phone message on his phone, called Stornoway Coastguard to confirm he was safe and well.

Ed Thompson, Watch Manager at Stornoway Coastguard said
"Miavaig is a small community so a parked van is likely to be noticed, particularly when the driver is seen heading out with a kayak. One simple phone call to us to say where you’re going and how long you intend to be away could have saved an awful lot of searching today.

“I’d like to thank the resident of Carishader for alerting us to the ‘missing’ kayaker. The weather wasn’t good yesterday and if the kayaker had been in trouble it could have been the only way we’d known that they were in trouble.”

-Notes to Editors-
• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. http://www.seavisionuk.org/
• Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch
• Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

For further information please contact
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, on:
(023) 8032 9401
Press releases and further information about the Agency is available on the Web at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/

Saturday, 25 December 2010

THREE FISHERMEN RESCUED FROM GROUNDED FISHING VESSEL

Three crew members were rescued from their fishing vessel in the early hours of this morning, after it ran aground in the River Thurso.

Aberdeen Coastguard was contacted by the vessel, an 18-metre crabber called ‘Kingfisher’, at just after midnight to report that the vessel was aground and that the crew needed immediate assistance. The Scrabster Coastguard Rescue Team and the Wick Sector Manager were sent to the scene and the Thurso RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch. Three non essential crew were rescued from the vessel as soon as the lifeboat arrived on scene and taken back to the lifeboat station. The final two crew members have decided to stay onboard. The next opportunity to attempt a refloat of the vessel will not be until 11.00 am.

David Robertson, Aberdeen Coastguard Watch Manager says:

“The three crew who were rescued by lifeboat are safe and well. There is currently no pollution, but there is 9 ½ tons of crab onboard. The Coastguard Rescue Team and the Sector Manager will stay on scene with the boat throughout tonight. The tide is now going out and we will have to wait until the next high water at 11.00 am to attempt a refloat.”

Friday, 24 December 2010

THREE CREWMEN SUFFERING FROM SMOKE INHALATION EVACUATED FROM CARGO SHIP

Three crewmen have been evacuated from a cargo vessel by RAF rescue helicopter, this evening suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation. They have now landed at Margate and are being taken to hospital by ambulance.

The Turkish vessel, ‘Eren Turgut’ contacted Dover Coastguard at 4.30 pm this afternoon to report that the three men needed medical assistance due to smoke inhalation. The vessel is anchored in the Dover Strait traffic separation scheme and is 18 miles east-north–east of Dover.  The Dover and Ramsgate all weather lifeboats have also been on scene.

Tony Evans, Dover Coastguard Watch Manager says:

“A small fire on board the vessel has been dealt with and there is now no fire. However the vessel now only has emergency power and no propulsion. The crew is attempting to repair the defect.”

For further information please contact
the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, on:
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COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAMS ASSIST NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE IN TREACHEROUS CONDITIONS AT WHITBY

Humber Coastguard has been assisting North Yorkshire Police this afternoon as heavy snow hits the county.

The Whitby Coastguard Rescue Team along with their sector manager are transporting police officers to areas around Whitby, where vehicles are stranded, leaving people cut off.

The Blue Bank area, which is a notoriously dangerous road near Whitby is already cut off and the police 4x4 vehicle is being used there to help those trapped with their vehicles.

Whitby Coastguard Team are now providing essential support to help rescue others in difficulty.

Humber Coastguard Watch Officer Katie Gellatly said:

“Humber Coastguard and our teams are more than happy to help colleagues in other emergency services during difficult times.  Along with other authorities, we urge road users to venture out only when absolutely necessary throughout this current spell of bad weather.”

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAMS ASSISTING IN DIFFICULT WEATHER CONDITIONS

Coastguard Rescue Teams are assisting the NHS in North Wales today as heavy snow affects the area.

Cemaes Coastguard Rescue Team transported critical staff from Llanddeusant to Cefni Hospital, Llanerchymedd and Llangefni to Ysbyty Gwynedd then to Amlwch on return to base at Cemaes.


Moelfre Coastguard Rescue Team transported critical staff from Amlwch, Pentraeth and Talwrn to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Moelfre Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to assist the district nurse on critical care patient rounds, in the Gaerwen area.

Penmon Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to collect a doctor from Llanddona and take them to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Holyhead Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to assist the district nurse on critical care patient rounds, in the Holyhead area.


These teams of volunteer coastguard rescue officers have been involved in essential drug transfers to and from local hospitals and nursing staff transfers. Essential supplies for critically ill patients have been delivered and doctors have been taken by coastguards to where they are needed in an emergency. Several teams are also on standby to assist over the weekend.

Rod Johnson, Chief Coastguard said

In extreme winter weather our partner emergency services, and local authorities, may need to call on our help to resolve critical or life threatening incidents. To make sure that we respond to these calls and maintain our own state of readiness for maritime emergencies, these requests are routed through the local resilience forum.
The system of call outs has been working well this week and ensuring that Her Majesty’s Coastguard give help where it’s needed; when it’s needed.

Notes to Editors -

 • The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. www.seavisionuk.org

• Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch

• Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media


For further information please contact
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, on:
(023) 8032 9401

Press releases and further information about the Agency is available on the Web at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/


Tuesday, 21 December 2010

6 FOREIGN SHIPS UNDER DETENTION IN THE UK DURING NOVEMBER 2010

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 6 foreign
flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2010
after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there were 3 new detentions of foreign
flagged ships in UK ports during November 2010 and 3 vessels under
detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared
with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 2.88% this
is slightly down from October’s twelve month rate.

During the month of November150 Port State Control inspections were
carried out in the UK. A total of 66 vessels had no deficiencies raised
against them, 65 had between one and five deficiencies, 16 had between
six and ten deficiencies, 3 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies
and there were no vessels that had more than twenty deficiencies.

Out of the detained vessels 3 were registered with flag states listed
on the Paris MOU white list, 1 was registered with a flag state on the
grey list no vessels were registered with flag states on the black list
and 2 were unregistered.

1. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson's
Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in
compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (95/21/EC as
amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes full
details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.

2. Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by
surveyors from the MCA. Where a ship is found to be deficient or lacks
the required documentation, MCA surveyors can take a range of actions
leading to detention in serious cases. The UK is part of a regional
agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of
Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all
ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database
known as SIReNaC. This allows the ships of flags with poor detention
records to be targeted for future inspection.

3. Detained ships have to satisfy surveyors that remedial work has been
carried out before they are allowed to leave port.



4. When applicable the list includes those passenger craft prevented
from operating under the provisions of the EU Directive on Mandatory
Surveys for the safe operation of regular Ro-Ro ferry and high speed
passenger craft services (1999/35/EU).

Notes on the list of detentions

●       Full details of the ship.

●       The accompanying detention list shows ship’s name, the flag
state and the ship’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) number
which is unchanging throughout the ship’s life and uniquely identifies
it.

●       Company.

●       The company shown in the vessel’s Safety Management
Certificate or the party otherwise believed to be responsible for the
safety of the ship at the time of inspection.

●       Classification Society.

●       The list shows the Classification Society responsible for
classing the ship and not necessarily the party issuing and/or carrying
out surveys for certificates relevant to the defect found.

●       Recognised Organisation.

●       The “organisation” - responsible for conducting the
statutory surveys: and issuing statutory certificates, (on behalf of the
Flag State).

●       Defects.

●       The list gives a summary of the main grounds for detention and
includes information where the ship has been released to sail to another
port for repairs.


Vessels detained in November included:

A 2,901 GT ship was detained in Birkenhead because 2 major non
conformities had been identified relating to the Safety Management
System (SMS) which was clearly not working on board the ship. In
addition the crew in the engine room were unable to communicate
adequately with the deck crew in the working language of the ship.

SHIPS DETAINED IN NOVEMBER 2010
Date & Place of detention: 02/11/2010 Birkenhead
Vessel Name: H SARIAHMETOGLU General Cargo
GT: 2,901
IMO No:9100164
Flag: Malta
Company: Ufuk Deniz Gemicilik Ticaret Ltd
Classification Society: Class NK
Recognised Organisation: Class NK
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Class NK
Summary: 12 deficiencies 2 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Birkenhead for 4 days with 2 major non
conformities: the fire drill was not according to SMS and the crew in
the engine room were unable to communicate effectively with the deck
crew in the working language of the ship.
Other deficiencies identified included: the hours of rest had been
incorrectly recorded for the bridge watch - keepers; the emergency
escape from the engine room was obstructed with steel pipes; fire doors
were held open with hold backs;  the charts were not corrected up to
date and officers and crew were not wearing appropriate personal
protection equipment (PPE).
The vessel was released on 05/11/2010.


Date & Place of detention: 08/11/2010 Birkenhead
Vessel Name: MOST SKY General Cargo
GT: 1,972
IMO No:9389370
Flag: Panama
Company: ER Em Denizcilik
Classification Society:  Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Summary: 12 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Birkenhead because the engine room was very
dirty, there were fuel oil leaks and a major non conformity was
identified with respect to the lack of maintenance of the ship and
equipment.
Other deficiencies identified included: the crew/officers records of
rest were not signed; the crew accommodation was no longer provided with
steam heating; the galley needed cleaning; there was insufficient fruit
and vegetables on board; the crew showers and toilets were dirty and the
shower curtains missing and the laundry washing facilities were
inadequate.  In addition the lifejacket lights were out of date; the aft
deck was slippery underneath the deck generator and several fire doors
were tied open.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010

Date & Place of detention 29/11/2010 Portland
Vessel Name: SARA Oil Tanker
GT: 4,156
IMO No:8814861
Flag: Malta
Company: Aegean Bunkering Services Inc
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM Lloyds List (LR)
Summary: 11 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Portland because the fire drill showed a
lack of training and was not to an acceptable standard. The number and
nature of the deficiencies identified was indicative of a failing of the
SMS.  Deficiencies identified included:  the rescue boat drill was not
up to standard; 2 inflatable life jackets were not ready for use as they
were outside their service time; gas cylinders had been stored on the
aft deck instead of a suitable area; the crew were not familiar with the
stability and book limitations they were also unfamiliar with the CO²
system.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010.

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS

Date & Place of detention: 04/03/2010 - Lowestoft
Vessel Name: CIEN PORCIENTO (General Cargo)
GT: 106
IMO No: 8944446
Flag: Unregistered
Company: Open Window Inc
Classification Society: Unclassed
Recognised Organisation: Not applicable
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Not applicable
Summary: 30 deficiencies 7 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Lowestoft because the main fire pump was
inoperative and there was no alternative fire pump outside the machinery
space. There were insufficient liferafts, the sanitary water system was
inoperative and there was no fresh running water to the galley, pantry
and shower room. There were no nautical publications and charts were
incomplete for the operational area.
Other deficiencies found were insufficient provisions for the intended
voyage and medicines were out of date. In addition the following items
were found to be missing:
distress flares; line throwing appliances; lifebuoys; life jackets with
lights; immersion suits; satellite EPIRB (Emergency Positioning
Indicating Radio Beacon); fire extinguishers and the fire hose nozzle.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010


Date & Place of detention 12/10/2010 Penzance
Vessel Name: MY LADY NORMA 1
GT: 902
IMO: No:6523602
Flag:Kiribati
Company: Silvership Maritime Group
Classification Society: Not Classed
Summary: 1 deficiency, 1 ground for detention.

The vessel was detained in Penzance because the statutory certificates
were not available on board ship.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010

Date & Place of detention: 28/10/2010 Portsmouth
Vessel Name: ELSEBETH (Refrigerated Cargo)
GT: 10,519
IMO No:9175901
Flag: Liberia
Company: Triton Schiffahrts Gmbh
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM Lloyds Register (LR)

Summary: 12 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Portsmouth because the ship was dangerously
unsafe as the engine room bilge wells were full of thick black oil and
other parts of the engine room were also covered in oil; the engine room
bilge alarm system was in a permanent alarm mode, also the main engine
cooler discharge pipe was holed.
Other deficiencies identified: included: both the fire doors of the
reefer machinery space did not close properly; the radio log  was not as
required in respect of recording that MH/HF test calls had been carried
out; several small engine room floor plates were missing and lagging was
missing on several steam and fuel pipes, valves and filters.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010


Notes to Editors

The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness
and understanding of the sea and maritime activities.  Sea Vision
promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to
highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities
available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector.
www.seavisionuk.org

Sunday, 19 December 2010

SIX RESCUED FROM FREEZING WATER OFF ALNMOUTH IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS

Six people were rescued this afternoon from freezing waters in blizzard conditions are a dinghy sailing trip went wrong.

A member of the public phoned Humber Coastguard at 13.50 this afternoon to report that there were people in the water off Alnmouth. RNLI Amble Inshore and Offshore Lifeboat were asked to head for the scene along with Amble Coastguard Rescue Team. All these volunteers made their way to the scene through treacherous, blizzard conditions.

RAF Rescue 131 from Boulmer were also asked to attend and reached the scene first. When they arrived they found the sailors had managed to pull themselves out of the water but one 78 year old man was hypothermic, despite wearing a dry suit. He was flown to hospital at Wansbeck, where the aircraft has now been snowed in.

The other dinghy sailors were checked by paramedics from the Northeast Ambulance service. Two others were found to be suffering from mild hypothermia.

Graham Dawson, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard said
"Today’s weather wasn’t particularly suitable for dinghy sailing with blizzard conditions and ice reportedly flowing downstream. These six people were very lucky that there predicament was spotted by a member of the public so that we could send a rapid medical response.

“I’d ask people to remember that when they get in to trouble we have to ask volunteers like our Coastguard Rescue Officers and the RNLI to venture out in treacherous conditions to rescue them. Remember check weather and tides before you head out and if it looks like conditions are unsuitable they almost certainly are.”
-Notes to Editors-
• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. http://www.seavisionuk.org/
•  Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch
• Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

For further information please contact
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, on:
(023) 8032 9401
Press releases and further information about the Agency is available on the Web at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/

COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAMS CONTINUE TO OFFER SNOW ASSISTANCE

Coastguard Rescue Teams are assisting the NHS and local authorities throughout the UK in the current winter weather conditions of snow and ice. Teams who have been active in the last 24 hours include;
 
South East
·        Holbrook
·        Eastbourne
·        Hastings
·        Rye Bay
·        Langdon Battery
·        Deal
·        Bexhill
·        Folkestone
·        Bembridge
 
Wales
·        Abersoch
·        Moelfre
·        LLandwrog
·        Barmouth
 
Scotland
·        Stornoway
·        Dunvegan
·        Benbecula
·        Ness
·        Dunoon
·        Montrose
·        Carnoustie

These teams of volunteers have been involved in transporting critical care staff to hospitals, transferring patients to and from hospitals with paramedic staff, taking district nurses to critically ill patients and helping a meals on wheels service reach people’s homes. They have also been called to help stranded motorists.  

In Wales, Abersoch, Moelfre, LLandwrog and Barmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams have so far transported 15 members of key medical staff into work at the Ycbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor.

On the Isle of Wight Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Teams have been transporting a District Nurse on her rounds to tend to critically ill patients.

Late last night the Holbrook rescue team went to the assistance of a motorist and his passenger whose vehicle had become stranded in Lower Raydon, Suffolk.

In Scotland the Montrose Coastguard Rescue Team have been helping the council’s meals on wheels service reach its customers and Dunoon Coastguard Rescue Team have twice worked with paramedics to safely transfer patients from Tighnabruaich to Dunoon.

Rod Johnson, the Chief Coastguard said
"In extreme winter weather our partner emergency services, and local authorities, may need to call on our help to resolve critical or life threatening incidents. To make sure that we respond to these calls and maintain our own state of readiness for maritime emergencies, these requests are routed through the local resilience forum.

The system of call outs have been working well this week and ensuring that Her Majesty’s Coastguard give help where it's needed; when it's needed. "

-Notes to Editors-
• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. http://www.seavisionuk.org/
•  Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch
• Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

Saturday, 18 December 2010

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE FOR SPANISH FISHING VESSEL 160 MILES OFF SCILLY ISLES

Falmouth Coastguard tonight coordinated the rescue of the crew of a Spanish fishing vessel REY DE OLAYA that caught fire 160 miles off the Scilly Isles.

After being notified of the distress alert by RAF Kinloss at 17:25, Falmouth Coastguard asked the Spanish Coastguard in Madrid to contact the vessel. When there was no response the Spanish were then asked to send a fixed wing aircraft to the scene for reconnaissance. Falmouth also requested that the French Coastguard sent their helicopter Endurance to help Navy rescue helicopter 193 from Culdrose incase the crew needed to be evacuated. RAF Rescue 169 from Chivenor provided safety cover for both helicopters.

Falmouth Coastguard broadcast a Mayday alert, requesting vessels in the area to head for the scene. They were also asked to try and contact the fishing vessel and prepare to rescue or receive casualties from life raft or helicopter. Merchant vessels MAUD, EURONIKE, SUMMER FLOWER responded with two fishing vessels GALIANA and ANXUELA. 

When the Spanish reconnaissance plane reached the scene it saw the 28 meter vessel was without power and a fire in the accommodation block was being tackled by the crew. When vessels GALIANA and SUMMER FLOWER arrived on scene at just before 9pm the fire had been extinguished and the vessel had regained power. Fifteen members of the crew were uninjured, however one crew member is believed to have died. The REY DE OLAYA is now being towed to Burela, Spain by the ANXUELA and EUROFIN.

 Falmouth Rescue Co-ordination Centre Manager James Instance said:
“This fishing vessel was a long way from land and without their distress beacon they wouldn’t have been able to raise the alarm. This was a true international rescue mission and I’d like to thank everyone who went to the aid of the crew.

-Ends-

Notes to Editors
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COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAMS ASSIST NHS STAFF

Coastguard Rescue Teams are assisting the NHS throughout the UK to reach their patients through the winter weather conditions of snow and ice. Teams who have been active in the last 12 hours include;

South West
• Bigbury

South East
• Hastings
• Rye Bay
• Needles
• Newport
• Portsmouth

Wales
• Holyhead
• Rhosneigr
• LLandwrog
• Harlech
• Rhossili
• Port Isaac
• Burry Port
• Loughor
• Borth

North West
• Whitehaven

Scotland
• Mallaig
• Stornoway
• Dunvegan
• Benbecula
• Kilchoan
• Kirkwall

These teams of volunteers have been involved in essential drug transfers to and from local hospitals; nursing staff transfers (including midwives) and renal patient transfers. Essential supplies for critically ill patients have been delivered and doctors have been taken by Coastguards to where they are needed in an emergency.

In Wales, Loughor and Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Teams have transported seven key medical staff, including two midwives to Morriston Hospital. Borth Coastguard Rescue Team and Cambrian Sector Manager assisted in the transportation of a duty Doctor from Aberystwyth to work at Dolgellau Hospital. The Doctor was the only one available to cover the area of Machynlleth / Dolgellau. The distance normally is 33 miles, but due to the adverse road conditions they had to travel 53 miles and the journey took three hours to complete.

Earlier today in Devon the Bigbury Coastguard Rescue Team went to the assistance of a 74 year old man who had fallen down stairs in Ringmoor, near Kingsbridge.
On the Shetland Islands Baltasound Coastguard Rescue team are assisting BT engineers to access our Saxa Vord aerial site on the island of Unst, to restore Distress Watch radio coverage.

Rod Johnson, the Chief Coastguard said
"In extreme winter weather our partner emergency services, and local authorities, may need to call on our help to resolve critical or life threatening incidents. To make sure that we respond to these calls and maintain our own state of readiness for maritime emergencies, these requests are routed through the local resilience forum.
The system of call outs have been working well this week and ensuring that Her Majesty’s Coastguard give help where it's needed; when it's needed. "
Notes to Editors
• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. http://www.seavisionuk.org/
•  Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch
• Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

For further information please contact
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, on:
(023) 8032 9401

Press releases and further information about the Agency is available on the Web at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/

Friday, 17 December 2010

COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAMS ASSISTING IN DIFFICULT WEATHER CONDITIONS

Coastguard Rescue teams are assisting the NHS, local authorities and the Police in Western Scotland and North Wales today as heavy snow and blizzard conditions affect the areas.

Teams who have been active in the last 24 hours include those from
In the Stornoway District
     
Mallaig
Benbecula
Dunvegan
Skye
Portree
Broadford
Ness
Stornoway
Tarbert

In the Clyde District:

Fort William
Kilchoan

In the Holyhead District

Penmon
Bangor
Llandudno

These teams of volunteer Coastguard Rescue officers have been involved in essential drug transfers to and from local hospitals; nursing staff transfers and renal patient transfers. Essential supplies for critically ill patients have been delivered and doctors have been taken by Coastguards to where they are needed in an emergency. Several teams are also on standby to assist over the weekend.
 Rod Johnson, Chief Coastguard said
In extreme winter weather our partner emergency services, and local authorities, may need to call on our help to resolve critical or life threatening incidents. To make sure that we respond to these calls and maintain our own state of readiness for maritime emergencies, these requests are routed through the local resilience forum.

The system of call outs have been working well this week and ensuring that Her Majesty’s Coastguard give help where it’s needed; when it’s needed.

Notes to Editors -

• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. http://www.seavisionuk.org/
• Stay safe - before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch
• Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media


For further information please contact
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, on:
(023) 8032 9401

Press releases and further information about the Agency is available on the Web at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/

Thursday, 16 December 2010

COASTGUARDS ASSISTING IN BLIZZARD CONDITIONS


Several Coastguard Rescue teams are helping to move medical staff and assisting the Police in Northern Scotland this evening as heavy snow and blizzard conditions affect the area.

On the Island of Benbecula, the Coastguards have been using their 4x4 vehicle to provide transport for the medical staff at the local hospital.

At 7pm this evening Stornoway Coastguard was asked by the Uists & Barra Hospital if they could assist with transport for staff who were unable to get to the hospital for their shift. The Benbecula Coastguard Rescue Team carried out the transfer of staff to the hospital and it is planned that they will do the same in the morning to ensure that the hospital staff are able to get to work.

Meanwhile Aberdeen Coastguard has been assisting the Police in the north east of Scotland. The Police asked for Coastguards to help when several cars were reported to be stuck in snow around the Wick and Thurso areas.

The Wick Sector Manager with the Wick, Helmsdale and Scrabster Coastguards have checked the local roads with Police Officers and found no trapped cars but they are now helping with the closure of the A9, about 8 miles South of Thurso, to prevent vehicles from getting stuck on this main road.

Watch Manager, Martin Collins said:

“The heavy snow showers and strong winds are causing very poor driving conditions across the north of Scotland this evening. The Coastguard Rescue Teams are trained to cope with these conditions and we are happy to assist the other emergency services and local authorities if called upon in such situations. We assess each request so that our own resources are not stretched should a call to a maritime incident is received.    


ABERDEEN COASTGUARD ALERTED TO FIRE ON STAND BY VESSEL

Earlier this evening Aberdeen Coastguard were co-ordinating assistance to the offshore supply vessel the 628 GT ’Vos Vedette after her crew reported a fire in the engine room at around this evening.

She was about 60 nautical miles offshore at the time and had reported the fire to Aberdeen Coastguard on 2182 kHz. The crew of 12 reported that the vessel had been disabled and that a CO2 agent had been released into the engine space to douse the fire. The crew were conducting boundary cooling at the time. There were no reported injuries.

The weather at the time were westerly winds of around 20 knots with a 5 metre swell and the crew also reported that they were in the middle of heavy snow showers which was limiting their communications abilities.

Aberdeen Coastguard immediately relayed a mayday relay broadcast  and an MF DSC alert into the area to request further assistance and various other vessels responded including the ‘Vos Ocean’ who began proceeding towards the ‘Vos Vedette’ with an estimated time of arrival on scene at 11.15 pm this evening.. The Air Rescue Co-Ordination Centre at Kinloss was also informed in case any crew needed to be airlifted from the vessel.
By the skipper confirmed to Aberdeen Coastguard that the fire had been extinguished, and by the engineer had confirmed he had managed to restart one of the engines.

Robbie Robertson, Duty Watch Manager at Aberdeen Coastguard said

“Due to the prevailing weather conditions we are keeping a close eye on the vessel as she begins to make way in heavy weather. Fortunately the ‘Vos Ocean’ will be on scene shortly.”

SHETLAND COASTGUARD ASSIST AMBULANCE SERVICE IN ATROCIOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS


Shetland Coastguard has today twice responded to requests for help from the Scottish Ambulance Service in appalling weather conditions in Orkney.

At approximately 1400 this afternoon, the Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre (
ARCC) at RAF Kinloss, contacted Shetland Coastguard on behalf of the Ambulance Air Desk at Cardonald, regarding a 70-year-old woman on the island of Sanday, Orkney who had breathing difficulties and required airlift to hospital in Kirkwall.

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter based at Sumburgh, Shetland, Rescue 102 was tasked and despite appalling weather conditions, with northerly gales and heavy snow showers, the helicopter successfully extracted the patient from Sanday and took her to Kirkwall airport, where they were met by a waiting ambulance for onward conveyance to the Balfour Hospital.

Then at
5.25pm this afternoon, Ambulance Control in Inverness requested assistance to take another elderly patient, a 75-year-old man with severe abdominal pains, also to the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall. An ambulance had been dispatched to his address in South Ronaldsay but had had to turn back due to the road conditions.

Shetland Coastguard then sent a Coastguard 4 wheel drive vehicle from their team at St.Margarets Hope to the incident. The patient has been successfully uplifted and was taken to hospital.

Shetland Coastguard Watch Manager Dave Phillips said: "We are happy to have assisted the medical authorities on Orkney get these two elderly patients to hospital in what have been fairly severe weather conditions."

FISHING VESSEL HITS ROCKS AT STOCKINISH


At 7.30 am this morning Stornoway Coastguard were alerted by the crew of the 16.5 metre fishing vessel ‘Sustain’ that they had hit rocks near Stockinish harbour and were taking water.

The three crew reported that their pump was coping but that they needed an emergency pump and an escort into a safe haven. It was determined by the Coastguard that all three crew were wearing lifejackets and that a liferaft is on board. Fortunately the weather is flat calm at present.

A further fishing vessel, the ‘Astronaut’ which was in Stockinish at the time is proceeded to the ‘Sustain’ which has 3000 litres of fuel on board.

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R100 based at Stornoway has also been scrambled to the scene with an additional pump. The Stornoway RNLI all weather lifeboat was also requested to launch. The Tarbert Coastguard Rescue Team has also been turned out.

Duty Watch Manager at Stornoway Coastguard, Murdo Macaulay said that the vessel’s crew were now reporting that the pumps were coping and they were seeking an escort to
Mallaig Harbour. The Coastguard will now maintain a watching brief on the fishing vessel and escort throughout their journey.

SINGLE HANDED YACHT SKIPPER CALLS FOR HELP AT WHITEHAVEN


Liverpool Coastguard have been coordinating assistance to a small yacht ‘The Tern’ since 3.00 am this morning at Whitehaven.

The yacht owner had been seeking permission to come into the harbour seeking a safe haven as the weather conditions had begun to deteriorate, and the Coastguard were alerted by the harbour authorities. The harbour authorities expressed concern at the time about the condition of the vessel, a 22 foot, single masted, single person crewed vessel with a blue hull. The weather forecast was suggesting westerly winds of 21 to 29 knots at St Bees Head.

However by
5.40 am the yacht still endeavouring to keep out of the weather and he reported to the harbour authorities that he had taken a lot of water into his vessel. He was reassured by the authority that the Coastguard had been informed and the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team were turned out. The Workington RNLI all weather lifeboat were also requested to launch.

By now the wind was gusting 42 knots and had turned to the north west which meant it was blowing straight into the harbour and causing the skipper major problems as the vessel was being thrown against the pier in the outer harbour. He was trapped in his cabin.

The Cumbria Coastguard Sector Manager was also alerted, and an ambulance called.

By 6.30 this morning the RNLI all weather boat had arrived and deploying their small ‘Y’ boat they sent two crew members across to the ‘Tern’ to get the skipper out from the badly flooded yacht. In the confined activities, one Coastguard Team Member was hit by the flailing mast and was taken to hospital. The skipper of the yacht was also taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia.


Paul Campbell, Watch Manager at Liverpool Coastguard said

“This was quite an awkward job in very difficult and deteriorating weather conditions. Fortunately the skipper is now safely in hospital and our own Coastguard Rescue Officer was given a check by the A&E department and discharged.”

Sunday, 12 December 2010

STORNOWAY COASTGUARD HELICOPTER REACHES 200TH MISSION OF 2010

Press Notice No: 362_10                                        Sunday 12th December, 2010
At 18.44 pm yesterday evening, Stornoway Coastguard rescue helicopter R100 was scrambled by Stornoway Coastguard after they had received a request for assistance from the NHS.
The helicopter was sent to evacuate a fifty seven year old lady who was being seen by a doctor, who requested that she be evacuated to hospital urgently as she was experiencing breathing difficulties.
The Kinlochbervie Coastguard rescue team were called out to set up a landing site for the helicopter. The helicopter took the lady onboard and took her to Raigmore Hospital Inverness.
Ed Thompson, Watch Manager, Stornoway Coastguard said:
This is the 200th mission for this helicopter in 2010.  This is the first time in the history of the Stornoway unit that it has achieved this number of callouts in any one year.
We wish the lady well in her treatment and hope she makes a speedy recovery.
Sikorsky S92