Sunday, 26 February 2012


A fisherman has been found alive this morning on one of the old forts called Red Sands Towers in the middle of the Thames Estuary.  The body of a second crew man was recovered by lifeboat from the water off the Kent coast on Saturday night. 

Thames Coastguard was contacted at 8pm by Port of London Authority to report the incident.  Their Vessel Traffic Services had identified a drifting vessel on radar seven miles north of Herne Bay and on further investigation the potting boat Lisa K was found without crew in the area of the Kentish Flats wind farm.  An initial search of the nearby area located the body of a man in the water wearing a buoyancy aid.

A search began for the skipper of the vessel as two people were believed to be on board the vessel when it left Ramsgate on Saturday morning at 9am.  Whitstable, Sheerness and Margate RNLI lifeboats searched the sea as well as the rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham.  The skipper was not found during the night.

At first light the man was seen by a passing vessel waving from high up inside one of the Red Sands Towers some 10 miles off Southend, (Maunsell Forts were built in 1942 as anti aircraft defence).  The man was recovered and will be transferred to hospital by the rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham and assessed for hypothermia.

The Lisa K is a potting boat which has been working out of Ramsgate for shell and crab fishing.  The rescued skipper reported that they had been on one of the Red Sands Towers which is nearly six miles from where the vessel was found drifting. His crew man had gone into the water after their fishing vessel began drifting away from the platform.

Friday, 24 February 2012


A severely injured cliff faller has been transferred to hospital by helicopter at Langdon, near Dover in Kent.

Dover Coastguard was contacted this afternoon with a report that a man had been injured on cliffs at Langdon and once rescue teams got on scene it was confirmed that in fact two people had fallen on the cliffs in separate incidents but in the same area.

Langdon and Deal Coastguard Rescue Teams attended with Kent Ambulance and Kent Air Ambulance and a medical team was airlifted to stabilise the most severely injured casualty who had fallen onto the beach at the base of the cliffs.  Dover RNLI  lifeboat attended to attempt a transfer of the casualty from the beach to an ambulance on the shore using their small Y boat but unfortunately the casualty was too severely injured to move by boat.  The rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham attended and winched the stretchered casualty from the beach after medics had stabilised the man.  He has been transferred to a London hospital.

In the same area of Langdon, a male walker had fallen a shorter distance down the cliff and sustained a minor injury.  The walker was recovered from the cliff and was transferred to an ambulance.

Sunday, 12 February 2012


In two separate incidents this evening Liverpool Coastguard sent resources to assist people after they became lost in fog whilst on the beach.

The first call came at 8.00 pm from a man who had been bait digging at Formby Point in Merseyside.  The fog had descended quickly and he had found himself unable to find his way back, and unable to give his position.  Liverpool Coastguard sent the Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team, quad bikes from Southport Independent Rescue and teams from Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police to the scene.  They also maintained telephone contact with the man for the duration of the incident, asking him to listen for the resources that were searching for him and describe the location of any sounds.  They also asked vessels entering the river to sound their foghorns, again to assist with pinpointing the man’s location.  Although the tide had been going out at the time of the man’s initial call, as resources searched, the tide began coming in around him, making the search even more urgent.

At 9.15 pm, the man reported to Liverpool Coastguard that he could see the lights of a Police Land Rover and a quad bike, and so he was met by rescue crews and escorted safely off the beach.

Just after the previous incident had closed, at 9.29 pm, Liverpool Coastguard received a call from a man who had also been out bait digging, this time at Blackpool.  Again, he had lost his way in the fog and the tide had begun coming in around him.  Liverpool Coastguard sent the Lytham Coastguard Rescue Team and requested the RNLI send their tractor from Lytham to assist in the search, along with requesting they launch the Blackpool Inshore Lifeboats.  Luckily, at 9.35 (just as the lifeboats were launching), the man phoned to say that the fog had lifted sufficiently for him to make his way back to the road, and the rescue resources were stood down.

Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager Paul Parkes said:

“Having also dealt with an incident last week where a father and son became lost in fog and had to be treated for severe hypothermia, the risks of being out on the coast when fog descends are all too clear.  We would encourage members of the public to always check the weather forecast before they go out onto the coast for any activity, and stay away from the beach when fog is forecast.”

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


At nine minutes past this morning, Solent Coastguard was contacted by a man reporting that his son and friend were experiencing difficulties on their expedition in Iceland.

The father reported that the two young men had experienced damage to their tent and were expecting more bad weather. They were equipped with a satellite phone.

Solent Coastguard passed the information to Falmouth Coastguard who has a International liaision role. Information was passed to our Coastguard colleagues in MRCC Rekyjavik who initiated local rescue teams who were able to go and recover the two men from their Glacier expedition across Vatnajokull, Iceland.

Andy Condy, from Falmouth Coastguard said:

We are pleased that we could assist in the rescue of these two British men from their situation.

People who are considering this type of expedition, should avail themselves with contact details of emergency services in the country they are exploring.