Monday, 30 May 2011


Three adults were rescued from the mud at Kingsbridge Estuary this evening after their dinghy became grounded in mud on the falling tide.

At 20.15, one of the adults called the Police to report that they had gone out in a dinghy on the Kingsbridge Estuary near Salcombe, and become stuck in the mud with the tide going out.  The Police passed on this report to Brixham Coastguard who contacted and advised them not to try and get out of the dinghy, and that they would send help.  Brixham Coastguard then tasked the Prawle Point Coastguard Rescue Team, and the Teignmouth Coastguard Mud Rescue Team, who brought their specialist mud rescue equipment.  Members of the Devon and Cornwall Fire Brigade and Salcombe Harbour Authority also attended.

Once on scene, the Coastguard Rescue Team set up their mud rescue equipment and began to pull the dinghy and three adults across the 20 yard stretch of mud back to the bank.  At 21.55 all three adults were safely ashore, with none in need of medical assistance.

Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager Fiona Iris said:

“Brixham Coastguard always advise people to check the tide times before venturing out onto the water or the coast to avoid situations such as this.  Not being local is not an excuse and they were very fortunate to have had a mobile phone signal or they could have been stuck for quite some time in the dark.  Luckily all the emergency services on scene were able to work together to bring them safely ashore.” 


A climber was airlifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital with pelvic injuries this evening after a rescue operation by Coastguard Rescue Teams that took nearly five hours due to poor weather conditions and the remote location of the casualty.

The group of climbers, from the London Climbing Club, had been climbing between Carn Barra and Gwennap Head, two miles south of Land’s End, when a 29-year-old male climber fell 7 metres onto rocks.  At 18.03 another member of the climbing group called the Coastguard to report the incident, but was only able to give vague details of their location as the informant did not know the local area.

Falmouth Coastguard sent the Land’s End Cliff Rescue Team to the scene to locate the casualty, and at 18.23 they found the group of climbers but were unable to immediately reach them. The Land’s End team then set up their cliff rescue equipment and went to assist the male who was at the base of the 200ft cliffs.  At this time it was raining heavily, and visibility was down to 15 metres.

Due to the poor conditions the helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, Rescue 193, was unable to go to the aid of the faller, and so Falmouth Coastguard tasked the Penzance Cliff Rescue Team to assist.  The Land’s End Coastguard climbed down to the casualty, also taking with them a paramedic. At this stage the visibility had slightly improved, meaning Rescue 193 Helicopter was able to proceed, but with the stricken climber being in such an inaccessible position it was still not clear if the helicopter would be able to winch the casualty from the difficult location.

It was then a joint effort of all the rescue personnel involved to guide the helicopter to the position of the fallen climber, where he was then winched and transferred to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, arriving at 21.37.

Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager Terry Collins said:

“This was an incredibly difficult rescue for all those involved – from the Operations Room staff who had to try and ascertain the location of the group, to the Coastguard Rescue Teams who had to locate and reach the casualty in poor visibility and heavy rain. 

We would ask that any cliff climbing groups consider their location carefully before attempting a climb – it is vital to know the area that you are climbing and have an accurate position of where the climb is taking place, no matter how remote the location is.”

Saturday, 28 May 2011


A large scale search for a 5-year-old-boy involving a helicopter, lifeboat and two Coastguard Rescue Teams was stood down this afternoon after the child was found safe and well in his tent.

North Yorkshire Police contacted Humber Coastguard at 12.17 this afternoon reporting that a 5-year-old-boy had gone missing from the Crow’s Nest Caravan Park between Scarborough and Filey.  By this time the child had already been missing for 45 minutes.  With the caravan site’s proximity to the cliffs at the south east end of Cayton Bay, Humber Coastguard immediately sent resources to begin a search – tasking the Filey and Scarborough Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Filey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Rescue 128 Helicopter from RAF Leconfield to the scene. 

At 13.00 the boy was located safe and well, in a compartment in the tent where he had been hiding.  The search was consequently stood down.

Humber Coastguard Watch Manager Graham Dawson said:

“Following the report of the missing child we immediately sent teams to begin the search – fearing for the worst as the camping field was so close to the cliffs.  Luckily the child (who had in fact been hiding) was found safe and well after an hour-and-a-half of searching by both the Coastguard and the Police.”

Friday, 27 May 2011


The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during April 2011 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there were six new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during April 2011 and three vessels remained under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.03% this is slightly up from March’s twelve month rate.

Out of the detained vessels five were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, two were registered with a flag state on the grey list none were registered with flag states on the black list and two were unregistered.


Notes to Editors

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 Thetis. 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.


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).


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 April include a 24,729 Gt Bulk Carrier detained because the engine room and purifier were unclean and posed a fire risk. The number and nature of the 21 deficiencies found with six grounds for detention indicated a serious failure in the Ship Safety Management System (SMS).


Date & Place of detention: 04/04/2011 Bromborough
Vessel Name: EST (General Cargo)
GT: 920
IMO No 8609931                                                                
Flag: Latvia
Company: A & A Trading Ltd
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 18 deficiencies; one ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Bromborough for five days because of a large number of Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) deficiencies which indicated a major breakdown of ISM.
Deficiencies identified included: unsatisfactory fire drills and abandon ship drills; the rescue boat lifting hook securing latch was defective; the fire control plan was not up to date; and the engine room communication with the bridge was inoperative. In addition there was no approved means of testing heat detectors; the lifejacket in engine room had a broken light; the AB cook only has a Ukrainian certificate and with no Latvian endorsement with respect to watch keeping duties etc.
The vessel was released from detention on 08/04/2011.

Date & Place of detention: 05/04/2011 Sheerness
Vessel Name: DONAU (Bulk Cargo)
GT: 3,995
IMO No 9268851                                                                
Flag: Antigua & Barbuda
Company: Eilbrecht Reederei
Classification Society: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation: Lloyds Register (LR
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Lloyds Register (LR)
Summary: 21 deficiencies; two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Sheerness for four days because the engine room was dirty and posed a fire risk and the number and nature of the deficiencies indicated a serious failure in the Ship Safety Management System (SMS) Other deficiencies identified included oil leaks from the shaft generator and main engine and the main engine drain to the dirty oil tank was disconnected. In addition the oil record book entries were not accurate; the charts had not been corrected and updated recently; the engine room fire nozzle was missing and the engine room oil tanks sight glasses were gagged; the fire hydrant on the starboard side deck had a gland leak; and the purifier room had an open dirty oil tank which required a lid; the fire drill and evacuation of the crew showed lack of training also the emergency generator had been isolated and the hose length was inadequate for re-entry.
The vessel was released from detention on 08/04/2011.

Date & Place of detention: 11/04/2011 Tyne
Vessel Name: BALTIC TRADER (Container)
GT: 4,984
IMO No 9119658                                                                
Flag: Antigua & Barbuda
Reider Shipping BV
Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Summary: 14 deficiencies; one ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Tyne for two days because the number and nature of the deficiencies were objective evidence of a serious failure of the effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code. Deficiencies included: live wires disconnected from the sensor in the emergency generator room; a rotten ladder at the deck connection that had previously been identified as a deficiency during a port state control inspection during January 2011; the emergency light on the reserve boat was seized in an inward facing position; the davit launched liferaft was on the wrong side of the ship; the starboard gyro bearing repeater had not worked since 21/03/2011 and the Navtex printer had not printed correctly since 21/03/2011. In addition the chief officer did not get sufficient rest on three occasions during March 2011 and the cargo ship safety equipment certificate was not completed correctly.
The vessel was released from detention on 12/04/2011.

Date & Place of detention: 18/04/2011 Tyne
Vessel Name: C RHAPSODY (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 24,729
IMO No 8117029                                                                
Flag: Malta
Company: Blossom Maritime Corp
Classification Society: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Summary: 21 deficiencies; six grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Tyne because the main deck was corroded through in way of the saveall port side, between hatches 1 and 2 also Nos 2 and 3 cargo hold vents were corroded through and repaired with tape; port and starboard chain lockers had been temporarily repaired with doublers; breathing apparatus bottles had not been charged; some lifejackets were holed and damaged; the emergency generator did not automatically connect with the emergency switchboard to supply power. The number and nature of the deficiencies were objective evidence of a serious failure of the implementation of the ISM code.
Other deficiencies identified included: the main deck extinguisher had nil pressure; the fire main had a leak from the weld at No 3 hatch; some toilets were locked and could not be accessed and the vent for the pump room was corroded.
The vessel was still detained at 30/05/2011.

A picture of this vessel is available at

Date & Place of detention: 18/04/2011 Grove Wharf
Vessel Name: BANU GENC (General Cargo)
GT: 2,598
IMO No 9017800                                                                
Flag: Turkey
Company: Genc Kaptan Denizcilik Kolletif
Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL) Turku Lloyd (TL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Turku Lloyd (TL)
Summary: 12 deficiencies; two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Grove Wharf for four days because the magnetic compass had a large bubble; the main engine would not start because the governor drive link pin was broken. In addition the ladder ropes were rotted around the eyelets at the attachments to the deck; the galley fire doors did not close properly; three safety rails were missing on the main deck; the nautical almanac  on board is the 2010 edition and one crew member’s medical certificate had expired. The number and nature of the deficiencies raised indicated a major failure in the implementation of the on board ISM system.
The vessel was released on 21/04/2011.

Date & Place of detention: 27/04/2011 Southampton
Vessel Name: BLACK WATCH (Passenger)
GT: 28,613
IMO No 7108930                                                                
Flag: Bahamas
Company: Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Classification Society:  Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Recognised Organisation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Summary: 4 deficiencies; one ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Southampton for two days because the emergency generator was overheating when running on full load. Other deficiencies identified included: oil record book format was not as required; some fire screen doors indication/latching systems were not as required and the cover was missing from the heat detector in the engine department laundry.
The vessel was released on 28/04/2011


Date & Place of detention: 04/03/2010Lowestoft
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; seven 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 30/04/2011

Date & Place of detention 12/10/2010Penzance
Vessel Name: MY LADY NORMA 1
GT: 902
IMO: No:6523602                                                               
Company: Silvership Maritime Group
Classification Society: Not Classed
Summary: 1 deficiency; one 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 30/04/2011.

Date & Place of detention: 08/11/2010Birkenhead
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; four 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 30/04/2011.


On the 25th May, MCA Surveyors from the Southampton Marine Office Southampton visited the cruise ship MSC OPERA on its arrival at Southampton to undertake a routine Port State Control Inspection.

Various defects were found which meant that the ship was not fully compliant with International maritime safety regulations. As a consequence the MCA decided that it was necessary to detain the vessel in Southampton until such time as the owners were able to demonstrate compliance.

MCA Surveyors have made a number of follow up visits to the ship to assess progress although the ship continues to be detained at this time.

Thursday, 26 May 2011


The MCA has announced their staff awards for 2010. Chief Executive Sir Alan Massey congratulated the award winning staff saying:

"I am pleased to be able to present these awards to our outstanding employees;"

COASTGUARD VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2010 to John Lowry from the South Down Coastguard Rescue Team in Northern Ireland for the following reasons.

In an incident on 1st June 2010 involving the South Down Coastguard Rescue Team, John, the Station Officer, went ‘above and beyond’ expectations to save an angler’s life.

He was first on scene to a report of an angler who had fallen in the water in Newcastle, County Down. When John and another team member arrived on scene with the first person who’d raised the alarm they could see that the man, who had been holding on to the rocks for some time, was no longer responding to calls and appeared to be losing consciousness.

Because the lifeboat was still some way away John felt he had no option but to enter the water and support the casualty. Wearing the new water rescue jacket and attached to the floating line he had to jump off the rocks and swim to the man.

The rocky shoreline and swell made it impossible for the angler to be brought ashore so John supported the casualty in the water and waited for the Lifeboat to get on scene. After a very tricky operation by the lifeboat, both John and the casualty were rescued from the water and received medical attention. John’s selfless actions, saved this person’s life.

It is this kind of commitment and dedication to the preservation and saving of life ensures that the Coastguard Rescue Service is rightly held in such high esteem.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S EXTRA MILE AWARD 2010 to Cindy Rodaway from Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre for her work as Diving Liaison Officer in the Portland District.

Cindy has really gone the extra mile by being particularly pro-active in establishing and developing working relationships as well as educating all sectors affected by diving, both internal and external.

Cindy has developed improved lines of communication with the Health & Safety Executive; presented training to Dorset Police Marine Section and interviewed and debriefed divers involved in incidents. Her work with casualties, dive marshals and Charter Boat Skippers has meant that local skippers are now using crew members rather than operating single handed, along with making reports back to the MRCC of actual or potential dive incidents - both of which are significantly mitigating the consequences of diving incidents
CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S INDIVIDUAL AWARD 2010 to Lois Iddon for her dedication and professionalism.

Lois started her career as an Auxiliary Coastguard, then serving as a Coastguard Watch Assistant for five years. In the early 2000s she helped shape the merging of the Marine Office and Coastguard administrative functions into one office - demonstrating just how it was possible to knit together two organisations into a coherent new one. Lois is renowned for her pro-activity, dedication and professionalism in her role of Office Manager at Brixham and Falmouth Marine Offices and MRCCs

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Sunday, 22 May 2011


Press Notice No: 142-11                                                                    22 May, 2011

At 1.55 pm Aberdeen Coastguard  received a 999 call reporting a sports climber who  had fallen and was suffering from a suspected broken ankle, North of Cruden Bay adjacent to Slains Castle

The 32 year old climber was at the bottom of the cliff and was walking over the rocks when he fell and injured himself. Aberdeen Coastguard called out the Cruden Bay and Peterhead Coastguard rescue teams and requested the launch of the Peterhead RNLI lifeboat. The teams lowered a cliffman with a rescue stretcher down to the man.
The climber was placed into the rescue stretcher and winched back up the cliff and then taken to hospital by ambulance.
Matthew Mace, Watch Manager, Aberdeen Coastguard said:
Although, it may look simple and easy, cliffs can present challenging conditions.  This caller did exactly the right thing in calling for expert help from the Coastguard. Our teams are fully trained and equipped for such rescue procedures.
If you see someone in trouble dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.


Press release: 141-11                                                        22 May 2011

At 08.11 am Humber Coastguard heard a mayday call made by a yacht called Martina who was sailing between Whitby and Scarborough. Humber coastguard responded to the vessels distress call and ascertained the nature of their distress.

The crew of the yacht reported that they were in a strong sea with a southerly wind of 30-40 knots. They were not sailing but motoring and suffered engine failure. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Scarborough RNLI lifeboat to go to their assistance. The Coastguard rescue team from Scarborough were deployed to the clifftop to keep the vessels under observation.

Subsequently, another yacht called Shameless made a 999 call to Humber Coastguard reporting that they had a man overboard from their yacht and were holding onto him at the stern of their vessel. Humber Coastguard requested a helicopter and R128 was scrambled. Whitby RNLI lifeboat was also requested to launch.

Whilst these incidents were being dealt with, another yacht called Bandit made a distress call stating that they had lost engine power and were taking a battering and required assistance. They were taken under tow by lifeboat

Further information ascertained that the three yachts had left Whitby together and were taking part in the Whitby to Scarborough race.

Lynda Bell, Watch Officer, Humber Coastguard said:

Fortunately, the man who had gone overboard from his yacht was wearing a lifejacket and his colleagues were able to save him.

If you are undertaking any activity, ensure that your equipment is well found, that you assess the activity and check the weather before venturing out.

Saturday, 21 May 2011


Press release: 140-11                                                        21 May 2011

At 8pm Humber Coastguard were alerted to the plight of a teenager who had descended dangerously insecure 100 feet high cliffs at Sewerby and become stuck 40 feet above the beach.  His companions on the beach initially called the Police for assistance, as the tide began to fill to the base of the cliffs. 

Humber Coastguard tasked the Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team and a helicopter from RAF Leconfield to attend.  The RNLI Flamborough Head inshore lifeboat was also requested and they arrived first on scene to locate the stricken teenager.  The RAF helicopter winched the 14 year old male to safety and delivered him into the safe hands of the Coastguard Rescue Team, who reunited him with family members.

Humber Coastguard Watch Manager, Drew Mahood, said:

We understand that the teenager had descended the cliff as part of a dare on his birthday, but became stuck when the gravity of his situation struck home. 

Climbing on cliffs at any time is an extremely dangerous activity, but the eroding coastline in this vicinity is particularly hazardous.

This scenario had a happy ending but we are not always so lucky.  Hopefully, a lesson has been learned by this individual and his companions. 

Our coastline needs to be treated with respect.


Press release: 139-11                                                        21 May 2011

At 02.20 am MRCC Belfast received a call from Police Service Northern Ireland reporting that they had received a call from a lady reporting that her son had not returned from a surfing trip with a colleague.

They had gone surfing at 6.00 pm yesterday evening and were due to return at 11.30 pm.

Belfast immediately called out the Coleraine Coastguard rescue team and requested the launch of the Portrush RNLI lifeboat and inshore lifeboat. The Coastguard helicopter R118 from Sligo, Ireland was also scrambled. PSNI officers with dogs were also assisting in the search.

A search was initiated based on the location of their car which was located at Whiterocks car park containing their personal items and their board covers.

At 3.45 am this morning, the two surfers emerged from a cave. After they had gone surfing, one of the surfers sustained a head injury when thrown onto the rocks by the waves. Taking to the caves for shelter they waited 6 hours as the waves were too big for them to make a safe exit. Upon seeing the lifeboat and the waves having subsided they made their way out and onto the road and met with the Coastguard team.

Liam Colquhoun, Watch Manager Belfast said:

We are pleased that the two men have been located. They have declined any medical treatment and have gone home.

The two men had done the correct thing in making sure that a shore contact knew when they were due to return from undertaking their activity. 

If you see someone in trouble at sea or on the coast, Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Friday, 20 May 2011


Press release: 138-11                                                        20 May 2011

At 17:03 pm MRCC Humber received a 999 call reporting 3 female children cut off by the tide at Marsden Beach near Camel Island. Sunderland Coastguard team were called out and proceeded immediately as well as Tynemouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat.

Sunderland Coastguard located the girls from a vantage point at the top of Marsden cliffs and managed to communicate the lifeboat to their location but the girls refused to listen to the instructions from the Coastguard rescue officers and the lifeboat crew to remain where they were and started to scramble along the rocks and through some sea caves putting themselves in extreme peril.

The lifeboat and Coastguard team could only standby and watch anxiously as the girls finally managed to get to a safe area where the lifeboat was able to get close enough in to confirm that there were no other casualties and that they were uninjured.

Sunderland Coastguard spoke to the girls one aged 10 and two aged 12 to offer safety advice and discovered that they not only had not bothered to check the tides but were unaware what the tides were and that the sea could cut them off. They also did not offer any reason as to why they had refused to listen to the Coastguard and Lifeboat crew when they were trying to get them to remain where they were so they could be safely evacuated.

Graham Dawson Watch Manager Humber said:

This could so easily have ended in tragedy, by failing to understand the tides the girls put themselves in danger and then by ignoring the advice from the Coastguard and lifeboat crew increased that danger leaving the Coastguard and lifeboat teams with no choice but to watch anxiously as they scrabbled around the rocks.


Two crew members were rescued from a liferaft south of Lulworth Cove this afternoon after their vessel started sinking and they had to abandon.

At 13.50, the two crew on board the 11 metre fishing vessel ‘Rowella’ made a mayday broadcast stating that they were taking on water and sinking 3.5 miles south of Lulworth Cove.  Portland Coastguard received the mayday and sent the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Portland, along with requesting the immediate launch of the Weymouth RNLI Inshore and All Weather Lifeboats.  Portland Coastguard then relayed the mayday call, and four vessels that were in the area also proceeded to the vessel’s location.

The helicopter was first to arrive on scene, and winched the two crew members to safety from the liferaft and flew them back to Portland.  The crew of the two RNLI lifeboats attempted to stabilise the vessel but unfortunately at 14.43 the boat sank.

The crew members were met at the helicopter base by the Portland Bill Coastguard Rescue Officers, who reported that the two men – local to the Portland area – were cold and shocked but otherwise unharmed.

Portland Coastguard Watch Manager Andrew Jenkins said:

“We are pleased that thanks to the swift response of the helicopter, lifeboats and the fishing vessels that responded to the call, the two crew members were brought safely ashore and needed no medical attention.  The two lifeboats remained on scene to ensure that any flotsam that might have come to the surface from the vessel did not pose a hazard to other craft in the area and all relevant authorities have been informed.”

Monday, 16 May 2011


Humber Coastguard are warning members of the public to keep dogs on leads and not to attempt self rescue should a dog go over a cliff after a man fell 200 ft this afternoon as he attempted to rescue his dog.

At 2.30 pm this afternoon Humber Coastguard received a 999 call from a woman, who reported that her husband had fallen and disappeared from view whilst attempting to rescue one of her three dogs who had fallen over cliffs at Cloughton Wyke, near Scarborough.

A search and rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield was diverted from exercise, and Coastguard teams from Scarborough, Burniston and Ravenscar began a search of the area.

As the helicopter approached the area, Humber Coastguard was able to glean further information from the woman, so that the helicopter could be diverted to her position on the cliffs. Soon afterwards the casualty was spotted and made stable by the helicopter crew, before being taken to Scarborough Hospital.

The Coastguard team from Scarborough relocated to the hospital landing site, whilst Burniston and Ravenscar Coastguards attended the lady, and her dogs. The third dog, which had fallen, is in the care of a vet at present.

Mike Puplett, Watch Manager Humber Coastguard said:

“The gentleman fell approximately 200 feet, after attempting to rescue his dog. Although we understand that people are very fond of their pets, we would like to warn them that it is extremely dangerous to climb or descend cliffs in an attempt to rescue pets. We have had very high winds in the area today, making being close to the cliff edges even more treacherous. The message is clear, don’t attempt rescue yourself, and always keep dogs on leads when in the vicinity of cliffs. If your dog does fall over a cliff, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

For further information please contact

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Duty Press Officer on 07703 584024 out of hours or

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, during office hours on:
(023) 8032 9401

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Before you set to sea remember to:

get trained;
wear a lifejacket;
avoid alcohol;
take a method of communication with you; and
check the weather and tides.

Sunday, 15 May 2011


At just after 3pm this afternoon the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter ‘Rescue 106’ from Portland was scrambled to the site of an aircraft crash involving a biplane near Witchampton in Dorset. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was also put on standby.

The biplane, a Tiger Moth with two persons onboard had crashed in a field whilst on a flight from the nearby Compton Abbas airfield. It is believed they were also intending to return back to the same airfield.  The two men onboard were reported to be in a serious condition and were assessed on scene by paramedics from South West Ambulance service who requested immediate helicopter evacuation. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service were also on scene and assisted with the extraction of the casualties from the wreckage.

One of the two casualties was airlifted by the Coastguard Helicopter to Dorset County Hospital where he was met by Wyke Regis Coastguard Rescue Officers, and the other was taken to Salisbury Hospital by the Dorset Police Helicopter.

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Saturday, 14 May 2011


Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team are celebrating moving to their new home at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club on Saturday 14th May at 12 noon when they will raise the Coastguard flag on the RHYC’s flagpole outside the building.

The Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UK’s coastal search and rescue capability, as part of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, from Ipswich Wet dock to White Bridge at Manningtree.

The Royal Harwich Yacht Club is providing the Coastguard Rescue team with a training base, which can also be used for incident de-briefs. The Coastguard Vehicle will also be stored at the Yacht Club.

Peter Creasey, Station Officer of the Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team said:
“Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team was set-up in 1996. We’re called out around 55 times each year and being able to muster the team at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club’s Woolverstone site will be greatly assist our response.

“I’d like to thank the Royal Harwich Yacht Club for accommodating us.”

Tony Vagg General Committee Member of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club said:
The location of the Holbrook Coastguard at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, sees two key maritime related organisations operating in harmony to further water sports being safely enjoyed by many on one of the prettiest estuaries on the East Coast”

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Notes to Editors

  1. The principal guests are Mr Ken Rolls RHYC Commodore and Station Officer Peter Creasy and other members of the Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team.

  1. There will be the opportunity to take pictures of: the formal handover and raising of the Coastguard flag on the RHYC flagpole; presentation of HM Coastguard plaque to the RHYC Commodore and a group photo of the Holbrook Coastguard Rescue Team, representatives from the RHYC and the Coastguard Rescue Vehicle

  1. Coastguard Rescue Officers come from all walks of life. They are people who have chosen to serve their communities and the public by giving their time, skills and effort willingly and without salary.

  1. The teams are fully trained and equipped to carry out search and rescue operations around the coast of the UK who can be called out by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) at any time of the day or night, in all weathers, to respond to those in trouble or missing, to seek confirmation or further information of a report, or to participate in a joint response to an emergency
The main things that the Coastguard Rescue Service does are to:
    • Carry out rescues of those trapped or injured on cliffs or in mud and provides a limited water rescue capability;
    • Carry out searches for missing persons often in conjunction with the Police;
    • Carry out coastal and inshore surveillance and intelligence gathering on behalf of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC);
    • Provide emergency mobile communications including relay and remote radio site operation;
    • Provide incident response and on-scene co-ordination as required by the MRCC;
    • Report the presence of pollution and other hazardous objects on the shore to the MRCC;
    • Carry out duties as required by the Receiver of Wreck;
    • Assist local authorities and the other emergency services when requested in relation to counter pollution, flood relief, missing person searches and other emergencies;
    • Carry out accident prevention and safety education activities and specially targeted prevention initiatives;

  1. The Royal Harwich Yacht Club established in 1843 and now with its HQ on the southern shore of the Orwell river downstream of the Orwell Bridge, at Woolverstone, is one of the East Coasts key Yachting clubs, offering a venue for Dinghy and Yacht racing and cruising – it has its own clubhouse with restaurant, a marina, moorings and dinghy park and offers an extensive programme of RYA approved training courses as well as many social events.

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

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