Sunday, 27 February 2011

PORTLAND COASTGUARD CO-ORDINATE MUD RESCUE OFF LULWORTH COVE

Portland Coastguard today co-ordinated the rescue of a 36 year old woman who had become stuck in mud on the east side of Lulworth Cove, Dorset.

The call was received at hrs from Dorset Fire and Rescue, reporting that a woman was stuck in mud up to her thighs. Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Officers, Weymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat, Coastguard Rescue helicopter Rescue 104 and Dorset Ambulance were sent to this remote corner of the cove. The lifeboat was used to transport specialist personnel from the fire service to the scene. She was eventually released by using high pressure water jets.

This was good example of joint emergency services working together on a remote part of the Jurassic coast.

Portland Coastguard Watch Officer Roger Hoare said:
“Walkers should enjoy our coastline but be aware that there are hidden dangers, particularly after recent heavy rains. If you’re heading out check time and tides and make sure you know where to take extra care.”

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 Notes to Editors

1.       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/

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


3.        Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

Friday, 25 February 2011

PUBLIC MEETING IN MILFORD HAVEN TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Milford Haven on Friday 4th March 2011 about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Milford Haven Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at Cleddau Bridge Hotel, Essex Road, Pembroke Dock. SA72 6EG will be independently chaired and begin at 7:30pm. The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by 9:00pm. 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk
 
Notes to editors
Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will on site at the venue. Please contact the press office on 02380 329401 for more information about the meeting at Milford Haven.

PUBLIC MEETING IN HOLYHEAD TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Holyhead on Wednesday 2nd March 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Holyhead Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at Holyhead High School, Alderley Terrace, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey. LL65 1NP will be independently chaired and begin at 7:30pm. The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by 9:00pm. 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk
   
Notes to Editors Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will be on site at the venue. Please contact the press office on 02380 329401 for more information about the meeting at Holyhead.

PUBLIC MEETING IN LIVERPOOL TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Liverpool on Thursday 3rd March 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting at Southport Convention Centre, The Promenade, Southport. PR9 0DZ will be independently chaired and begin at 7:30pm. The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by 9:00pm. 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk
 
Notes to Editors
Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will be on site at the venue. Please contact the press office on 02380 329401  for more information about the meeting at Liverpool.
    

PUBLIC MEETING IN BELFAST TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Belfast on Thursday 3rd March 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting at Marine Court Hotel, 18-20 Quay Street, Bangor. BT20 5ED will be independently chaired and begin at 7:30pm. The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by 9:00pm. 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk
  
Notes to Editors

Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will be on site at the venue. Please contact the number below for more information about the meeting at Belfast.

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 www.mcga.gov.uk

PUBLIC MEETING IN CLYDE TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Clyde on Wednesday 2nd March 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Clyde Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at Port Glasgow Town Hall35 King Street, Port Glasgow. PA14 5HD will be independently chaired and begin at 7:30pm. The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by 9:00pm. 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk
 
Notes to Editors
Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will be on site at the venue. Please contact the number below for more information about the meeting at Clyde.

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 www.mcga.gov.uk

Thursday, 24 February 2011

MAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER GOING AFTER FISHING ROD

Humber Coastguard sent a Coastguard Rescue Team and a lifeboat to the rescue of a man who got into difficulty in the water off Amble south jetty after going in for his fishing rod.

At half past ten this evening North East Ambulance Service contacted Humber Coastguard after receiving reports of a man in the water near the south jetty in Amble.  He had been shore angling and lost his fishing rod, and after going to retrieve it, had been in the water for 20 minutes.

Eventually, two of the man’s friends managed to pull him from the water, and he was brought ashore and checked over by the ambulance.  The man was suffering from severe hypothermia, and he was taken to Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington for treatment, and also to ensure that he does not suffer from secondary drowning.

Humber Coastguard Watch Manager Graham Dawson said:

“This incident could have quite easily had a very different ending had this man’s two friends not been able to pull him from the water.  When he was rescued he had already been in the water for 20 minutes and was suffering from severe hypothermia.  This incident proves that no equipment; no matter how expensive, is worth going into the water for, and we advise members of the public not to risk their lives trying to do so.  Finally, if you do see someone in trouble at the coast, always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

PUBLIC MEETING IN SOLENT TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Solent on Tuesday 1st March 2011 about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Solent Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at Thorngate Halls (Community Centre), Bury House, Bury Road, Gosport, Hampshire.  PO12 3PX, will be independently chaired and will begin at 7:30pm. The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by 9:00pm. 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue; however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will be on site at the venue. Please contact the press office on 02380329401 for more information about the meeting at Solent.

PUBLIC MEETING IN STORNOWAY TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Stornoway on Tuesday 1st March 2011 about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Stornoway Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives, and air their views.  

The meeting, at Nicholson Institute, Springfield Road, Stornoway. HS1 2PZ, will be independently chaired and begin at 7:30pm. The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by 9:00pm. 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk


Notes to Editors

Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will be on site at the venue. Please contact the press office on 02380 329401 for more information about the meeting at Stornoway.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

MAN AND GRANDSON RESCUED FROM CLIFF

At 13.31 pm today, Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from a gentleman at St Bees Head reporting that he could see a man and a boy climbing the cliff as they were cut off by the tide.

Liverpool Coastguard called out the Whitehaven Coastguard rescue team to the scene and requested the launch of the St Bees RNLI inshore lifeboat. Police and Ambulance services were also informed

The lifeboat upon arriving was able to pinpoint the exact location of the two individuals to the Whitehaven Coastguard rescue team. The coastguard rescue team lowered a rescue officer down to the two utilising their cliff rescue equipment and were able to successfully recover them to the top of the 50 foot cliffs. They were checked over by the ambulance staff and were then given some advice by the Coastguard officers about the tides and the dangers of the cliffs in the area.

Liverpool Coastguard, Watch Manager, Paul Parkes said:

There has been some collapsing of the cliff faces in this area after the winter weather, making the area inaccessible in places and increasing the risk of being cut off by the tide.

 Plan your walk at the coast and ensure that you are aware of tide times.
 

PUBLIC MEETING IN SHETLAND TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Shetland on Monday 28th February 2011 about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Shetland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at Town Hall, Upper Hillhead, Lerwick, Shetland. ZE1 0HB, will be independently chaired and begin at 7:30pm. The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by 9:00pm. 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at www.mcga.gov.uk  and www.dft.gov.uk
 

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 www.mcga.gov.uk

   
Notes to Editors
 
Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will on site at the venue. Please contact the number above for more information about the meeting at  Shetland.

MISSING 18 YEAR OLD FOUND AFTER TWO HOUR SEARCH IN BANGOR

A search for a missing 18 year old boy that was launched after his friends feared he had fallen from Central Pier was stood down at 01.50 this morning after he was found hiding in the crew accommodation of a nearby fishing vessel.

The call came in at 23.40 from a member of the marina staff after the boy’s two friends had told him that all three of them had climbed over the gate into the pier, but that their friend had not come back and they were concerned that he must have fallen into the water.

Belfast Coastguard sent the Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team to begin a search, as well as requesting the launch of the Bangor RNLI lifeboat. Members of the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service are also on scene.

At 01.50, the boy was found hiding in a compartment in the crew accommodation of a fishing vessel near the pier, and the search was stood down.

Belfast Coastguard Watch Manager Alan Pritchard said:

“This group of three boys had been at a birthday party in the town before climbing the gate this evening to access the pier.  Incidents such as these remind of us of the dangers of being in proximity to the water when you have been drinking alcohol – be it going swimming, or walking along cliffs or piers.  Although on this occasion the boy has been found safe and well, this could easily have been a much more serious incident.”

Sunday, 20 February 2011

SEVEN CREW RESCUED FROM GIG OFF PORT ISSAC

Falmouth Coastguard this afternoon coordinated the rescue of a seven people from the water off Port Issac.

All seven were the crew of a gig that was unable to get back in to Port Issac harbour because of the swell caused by a low spring tide. The Port Issac RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB), which was training in the area, spotted that the gig had got into difficulties and held on to it to stop it being taken further out.

None of the gig crew were wearing lifejackets and were only dressed in t-shirts. To protect them Port Issac ILB took lifejackets and warm clothing to them from the RNLI boathouse.

Port Issac Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to monitor the situation from the harbour. Unfortunately with the swell running the gig capsized throwing all seven crew into the water. All were quickly picked up by the ILB but with now nine onboard it was unable to get back in the harbour. Five of the gig crew were transferred to the RNLI Padstow All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) suffering shock, cold and some minor injuries. They were then taken to Treliske hospital by Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter 193 from Culdrose.

The remaining two crew members of the crew were safely transferred to back to Port Issac the ILB.

Watch Manager Terry Collins said:
 “This incident shows how quickly a seemingly simple situation can become a life threatening one that could have been avoided if prior thought had been given to the sea state and tide conditions.”

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Notes to Editors

1.       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

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

3.       Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

Saturday, 19 February 2011

BELFAST COASTGUARD ASSIST MOURNE MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM WITH RESCUES

Belfast Coastguard has responded to two requests for assistance this afternoon by Mourne Mountain Rescue Team.

The first request came at with respect to an injured walker from Glen River Valley in the Mourne Mountains. The South Down Coastguard Rescue team and the Irish Coastguard Rescue helicopter R116 was initially requested to attend by Belfast Coastguard.  The Rescue helicopter was stood down and the injured walker was taken by stretcher down the mountain, due to the weather conditions on scene being unfavourable for the Rescue helicopter.

The second request was at again requesting assistance to a lady who had fallen in a gully at the top of Slieve Begg near the Kilkeel River.  Belfast Coastguard sent the Irish Coastguard Rescue helicopter R116 and the South Down Coastguard Rescue team to the scene. The crew on the helicopter located the injured woman, who had lower leg injuries and evacuated her to Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.

Alan Pritchard, Watch Manager Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said:

“Today we have had two incidents where we have worked closely with the Mourne Mountain Rescue team and our colleagues in the Irish Coastguard. We would like to remind the public to take care when going out for a coastal or river walks, as this is always a popular pastime, but it is important to be sensible and keep to the path and stay away from areas of risk such as cliff edges. Always, dress sensibly for the terrain and weather – wear suitable clothing and footwear and be ready for possible changes in the weather and always let someone know your whereabouts. In an emergency dial ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard.”

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

WOMAN RESCUED FROM THE RIVER YARE

Yarmouth Coastguard tonight coordinated the rescue of a woman who had fallen from a private broads cruiser into the River Yare near Norwich.

The 999 call was received at 19:40hrs reporting that a woman had fallen into the water. The caller was onboard a private broads cruiser but uncertain of his exact location. Through detailed questioning Yarmouth Coastguard established that he was on the River Yare, in a remote and poorly accessible area between Thorpe Flyover at Norwich and Bramerton.

Winterton and Lowestoft Coastguard Rescue teams, Norwich Fire and Rescue Boat, Hemsby Broads Rescue, South Broads RNLI, Police and Ambulance were sent to the scene.

Although the caller managed to get the woman to the back of the broads cruiser he couldn’t get her back on board. At 2018 the woman, in her 20s, was rescued from the   water by the Fire Service boat and taken by Ambulance to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, suffering from suspected hypothermia. It’s believed that her condition is not life threatening.

Watch Manager Mario Siano said
” This incident happened in a dark and remote area off the beaten track. Using our skills we managed to quickly locate the casualty and send rescuers to the scene.”

-Ends-

Notes to Editors

1.       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

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

3.       Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

PUBLIC MEETING IN DOVER TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Dover on Thursday, 24 February 2011 about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at, Dover Town Hall,
Biggin Street, Dover, Kent
. CT16 1DL will be independently chaired and begin at . The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by . 

The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/  and http://www.dft.gov.uk/


Notes to Editors

1.       Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will on site at the venue. Please contact the number below for more information about the meeting at Dover.

2.       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

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

4.       Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

PUBLIC MEETING IN ANSTRUTHER TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Anstruther on Thursday, 24 February 2011 about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Forth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at, Waid Academy,
St Andrews Road
, Anstruther, Fife. KV10 3 HD will be independently chaired and begin at . The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by . 

The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/  and http://www.dft.gov.uk/


Notes to Editors

1.       Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will on site at the venue. Please contact the number below for more information about the meeting at Anstruther.

2.       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

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

4.       Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

PUBLIC MEETING IN ABERDEEN TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Aberdeen on Wednesday 23 February 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Aberdeen Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at Pittodrie Stadium,
Pittodrie Street, Aberdeen
. AB24 5QH will be independently chaired and begin at . The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by . 

The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/  and http://www.dft.gov.uk/


Notes to Editors

1.       Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will on site at the venue. Please contact the number below for more information about the meeting at Aberdeen.

2.       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

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

4.       Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media

PUBLIC MEETING IN GREAT YARMOUTH TO DISCUSS COASTGUARD MODERNISATION PROPOSALS


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is holding a public meeting in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 23 February 2011, about the proposed Coastguard modernisation programme.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the community around the existing Yarmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) to hear more about the proposals, ask questions of MCA representatives and air their views.  

The meeting, at Great Yarmouth Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. NR30 2QF will be independently chaired and begin at . The meeting is expecting to draw to a close by . 
                
The proposals for Coastguard modernisation, together with the consultation documents, can be found on the MCA website at http://www.mcga.gov.uk/  and http://www.dft.gov.uk/


Notes to Editors

1.       Media cameras and other recording equipment will not be allowed into the venue, however an MCA spokesman will be available after the meeting for interviews or comments. An MCA media officer will on site at the venue. Please contact the number below for more information about the meeting at Great Yarmouth.

2.       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

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

4.       Follow us on Twitter. Find us at MCA_media