Friday, 30 September 2011


An angler was rescued from the sea this afternoon after he fell from a cliff.

At just after Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public who had witnessed the person fall in to the sea from cliffs adjacent to the historic St. Ninians Chapel. They immediately sent the Coastguard Rescue Team from the Isle of Whithorn, the Royal Navy rescue helicopter from Prestwick and the RNLI Lifeboat from Kirkcudbright.

As the Whithorn Coastguard team arrived on scene, members of the public were just bringing the person ashore. He is believed to have sustained a broken leg and head injuries in the fall. He was winched on board the helicopter and taken to Crosshouse Hospital near Kilmarnock.

Tony Topping Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager said:
"We’re not really sure how the angler ended up falling from a ledge in to the sea but cliff edges are dangerous places and we would ask people to take particular care.

"If you are walking along coastal paths make sure that you are properly equipped. In particular remember to wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather forecast before you set out. Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so. Do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top. Do not attempt self rescue. If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.



An angler was pulled from the water after a helicopter spotted the reflective strip on his lifejacket.

Just before 11pm last night, a member of the public on Gypsy Lane Lepe Beach who had heard calls for help from the water, made a 999 call to Solent Coastguard.  They immediately sent the Southampton Coastguard Rescue Team and both RNLI lifeboats based at Calshot to the scene. The Police helicopter was in the Christchurch area and so that was asked to search the area from the air. They spotted reflective strips on a lifejacket in the water, directing the Calshot Inshore Lifeboat in to pull the angler from the water.

It’s believed that the angler had anchored a small boat about a quarter of a mile offshore, at the mouth of the Beaulieu River. This boat was found capsized.

Tony Wheeler Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said:

“This angler was found because of his lifejacket. It was the reflective strips that the helicopter quickly spotted with their search light and enabled them to guide the lifeboat straight to him.

“Although the angler was taken to hospital in a serious condition he was found alive because of his lifejacket. The MCA recommends that recreational water users should wear lifejackets at all times whilst on deck. These should be well maintained and should have a sprayhood, light and whistle if possible. People must ensure that their lifejacket has a crotch strap and that they use it.”


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

Tuesday, 27 September 2011


A 70 year old man was tonight rescued from the bottom of the cliffs at Llangrannog, West Wales.

Milford Haven Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre was alerted at just before six o’clock tonight by a member of the public who was with the man when he fell. They immediately sent Coastguard Rescue teams from Gwbert and New Quay, the RNLI Lifeboat from New Quay and the RAF rescue helicopter from Chivenor to the scene.

On arrival they found that the man was very close to the incoming tide so he was lifted into the lifeboat and winched from there to the helicopter. He was then taken to hospital in Haverfordwest.

It’s believed that the man had been out fishing and was walking to his car when he slipped five metres to the base of the cliff. He suffered serious head injuries.

Mike Rogers Milford Haven Coastguard Watch Manager said:
“This was a complicated rescue because the tide was rapidly coming in. I’d like to thank the member of the public, that reported the incident, for his assistance and the teams for their rapid response to this unfortunate accident.


Monday, 26 September 2011


The safety equipment carried on fishing vessel ‘Islander’ proved its worth this evening after it was used to alert rescue services after the vessel capsized in rough weather.

At 4.40pm Belfast Coastguard were notified through MRCC Clyde that Falmouth Coastguard had received an EPIRB from the fishing vessel ‘Islander’ that was believed to be fishing in their area. Just afterwards Belfast Coastguard received reports of a flare and wreckage just of Ardglass, Northern Ireland.

Fishing vessel ‘Golden Shore’ went to investigate and found the Islander’s two crew in a life raft. They were wet, shocked but unharmed.

Ian Murdock Belfast Coastguard Watch Manager said:

“Despite the dramatic and rapid loss of their vessel this crew were prepared for this eventuality. They were able to raise the alarm quickly and are tonight safe and well.

“This swift resolution of what could have been a life ending incident is the reason that we recommend that all vessels are fitted with an EPIRB which can automatically send a distress alert and, give an accurate position of your vessel to the Coastguard with through a satellite based rescue system.


Sunday, 25 September 2011


Clyde Coastguard received a call from a vessel at 1.00 pm today reporting that two divers appeared to be in difficulty whilst diving the wreck of the Kintyre off Weymss Bay, Firth of Clyde.

Clyde Coastguard requested the Largs Coastguard Rescue Team to go to the scene, scrambled a rescue helicopter from RN Prestwick and requested the Largs RNLI inshore lifeboat to launch. In the meantime, the vessel which was on scene managed to recover one man from the water. One was airlifted to Southern General Hospital, whilst the other was recovered to shore by the lifeboat, then on to the Cumbrae Hyperbaric  Unit.

Clyde Coastguard Watch Manager Calum Murray says:
“We would like to thank the vessel involved for its swift response to this incident.”

Sunday, 18 September 2011


A 12-year-old boy has been taken to the Hyperbaric Chamber at Hull by helicopter after the diveboat he was diving from with his family off Seahouses contacted the Coastguard to report that he had made a rapid ascent from 12 metres and was suffering from decompression sickness.

Crew on board the dive boat, who had been organising a dive off the Farne Islands, contacted Humber Coastguard at 11.37am to report that the boy had been diving at a depth of 22 metres, and had made a rapid ascent from 12 metres and was showing symptoms of decompression sickness. Humber Coastguard took advice from the Institute of Naval Medicine and then placed them in a link call with the boat, also requesting the launch of the Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer, and sending the Seahouses Coastguard Rescue Team to the Hyperbaric Chamber in Hull, where the Doctor had advised he be taken. At 12.08 pm the Rescue Helicopter arrived on scene and airlifted the boy and his father to the Hyperbaric Chamber at the BUPA Hospital in Hull.


Brixham Coastguard has coordinated the rescue of two people from the River Teign this morning after their sailing boat sank.

At 11am, Brixham Coastguard received numerous 999 calls reporting a sinking vessel near Coombe Cellars on the River Teign in Devon. The reports indicated that the vessel in question was a 12ft Clinker Beer Lugger sailing boat with two people on board.

Brixham Coastguard sent the Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene and requested the launch of the Teignmouth lifeboat. On arrival at the scene both people were in the water, with only the vessels two masts visible above the water line.

Teignmouth lifeboat rescued the two casualties from the water and both were found to be without life jackets and suffering from the effects of being in the cold water. The lifeboat brought them ashore, where they were attended to by the coastguard team until the arrival of the ambulance. After assessment by the paramedics, the two casualties were found to be well and were allowed to return home.

Matthew Thornhill, Brixham Coastguard Watch Officer said:

The two occupants of the boat were very lucky. They were spotted from the shore by members of the public, who reported that the vessel was swamped and sunk very quickly. We always strongly recommend that people going out on the water should wear lifejackets at all times and have some means of communication to alert us to trouble before going out.


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is a world leading maritime administration and the originator of the Large Commercial Yacht Code and are pleased to be attending the Monaco Yacht Show.

Experts from the Agency will be available on stand QS100 in the Superyacht UK Pavilion, Darse Sud Tent to talk to industry and the public throughout the duration of the Show and clarify and reaffirm regulations, legislation and policies across the field of yacht coding, surveying, seafarer training and certification, and United Kingdom ship registration. Staff will be happy to advise on all aspects of the MCA Large Commercial Yacht Code and Passenger Yacht Code as well as on manning issues and crew certification.

Roger Towner, Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, MCA, says:

The Monaco Yacht Show is a unique event with an exclusive super yacht focus; considered to be simply the best in the business, it is a forum for business professionals from the entire large yacht industry and one in which the MCA is keen to further develop relationships with the clientele and members of the industry and further increase the profile of the MCA in the large yacht field.

We look forward to fielding all your enquiries on our stand and talking specifically on the new Passenger Yacht Code and the pre-consultation paper LY3.

Sir Alan Massey, the Chief Executive of the MCA will be addressing the PYA Seachange seminar on Thursday 22 September at the Monaco International School, Monaco.

Friday, 9 September 2011


A man in his early sixties was rescued from the water this morning, after he was found clinging to a buoy outside Padstow Harbour. He had fallen overboard from his yacht and was not wearing a lifejacket.

Falmouth Coastguard was alerted by the Police at
to a report of a person crying out for help in the water outside Padstow Harbour. Holiday makers staying in the Old Harbour Flats heard shouts for help coming from the water but could not see anyone in the darkness.

Coastguard Rescue Officers from Padstow were sent to the quay side where they made verbal contact with the casualty by calling out to him. Using portable flood lighting equipment they illuminated the area to assist in the search.

The Rock Inshore RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch. A fishing boat ‘Charisma’ assisted in the search. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the casualty was quickly located, a sixty one year old man was found clinging to a buoy and at , he was recovered to the lifeboat. The casualty was then taken to Padstow Harbour and passed into the care of Ambulance Paramedics and the Padstow Coastguard Rescue Officers.

Peter Bullard, Watch Manager at Falmouth Coastguard said:

 “We believe the casualty had been sailing single handed when he fell off his 36 foot yacht, as he attempted to moor it to a buoy. He was not wearing a lifejacket but fortunately managed to cling onto the buoy. The yachts engine was still running when he fell into the water and it moved away.

Had this casualty not been able to hang onto the buoy and had his calls not been heard there may have been a very different outcome to this incident. There is inherent risk when sailing single handed, we recommend that a lifejacket should always be worn when on deck”.

The Rock lifeboat began a search for the missing yacht which they located aground at Porthilly on the other side of the estuary. The yacht appeared to have not sustained any serious damage so the lifeboat towed it to Padstow in readiness for further inspection in daylight.

The casualty, having been in the water for more than an hour, was cold but otherwise reported to be uninjured and was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske for further checks as a precaution.


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Wednesday, 7 September 2011


A 19 metre fishing vessel ran aground off the Island of Stromma in the Pentland Firth early this morning, with five crew aboard.
Aberdeen Coastguard received a mayday on channel 16 at from the skipper of the Oban registered Fishing Vessel ‘Golden Promise’, informing them they had run hard aground. Rescue Helicopter 137 from RAF Lossiemouth was scrambled and the Longhope and Thurso all weather RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch. 

Steve Quinn, Watch Manager, Aberdeen Coastguard, said:

“The crew were all wearing their lifejackets and were initially going to transfer to the liferaft, with the weather conditions on scene westerly winds force 3 – 4 and an easterly tidal stream, the safest course of action was to stay on board the fishing vessel and be winched to safety by the Rescue helicopter.

I am pleased to say all five crew have now been safely air lifted and are being taken to RAF Lossiemouth, where they will be met by local Coastguard Rescue Officers.”

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Monday, 5 September 2011


A search for three walkers lost on the Yorkshire Dales took place this evening, after Humber Coastguard picked up an emergency roaming ‘999’ call.

Coastguard Officers at Humber were able to identify an emergency’999’ call that was outside of their network coverage just before . The caller informed the Coastguard that he and his two companions had set off at from Arncliffe and were heading to Buckden when they got lost on the moor.

Mike Green, Watch Manager, Humber Coastguard, said:

“We were very fortunate to pick up this emergency ‘999’ call, we liaised with the North Yorkshire Police and the Upper Wharfedale Mountain Rescue Team, whilst maintaining regular contact with the walkers. At the walkers were located by members of the Mountain Rescue Team and I am pleased to say they are all safe and well.”

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