Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT)

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Review of 2020

2020 was an exceptional year for Lulworth CRT, being tasked to 87 incidents and emergencies over the year. This is a 45% increase on the year before.

43% of our taskings were to provide casualty care and to perform casualty extractions.

17% were to people either lost, missing or despondent individuals.

10% were to people in the water/water rescues, another 10% were investigations.

Just under 7% were to vessels overdue or in difficulty.

The remaining 13% includes four taskings to record dolphins and porpoises, three cliff rescues, two incidents involving persons cut off by the tide, and one report of unexploded ordnance.

Just over 32% of our taskings have been to Durdle Door.

16% have been to Lulworth Cove and 9% at Stair Hole

10% at Ringstead

We have deployed as far west as Osmington and east as Swanage.

Our busiest month was July with 17 callouts.

May saw us out 14 times, June 13, August & September 10 times each.

On 27 occasions we have worked with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Dorset Police have been involved on 13 of our taskings and DWFireRescue 4 times.

10 incidents have required air support from the Coastguard helicopter. On 7 occasions this has been from 175 at Lee-on-Solent and 3 times from 187 from St Athan.

We worked with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance twice and Devon Air Ambulance Trust once.

We also worked with National Police Air Service on one occasion.

We were tasked with Weymouth Lifeboat on 14 occasions this year and Swanage Lifeboat Station once.

In addition to all of this, many of our call outs involve working along side West Dorset Senior Coastal Ops Officer Lulworth First Response, Lulworth Range Wardens, UDL Security LTD, Lulworth Estate staff and members of the local fishing community.

Up until early December we were a team of 7 (including Paul who we borrow from Wyke as he works locally).

Ideally we should be 12 strong. Quite often we request backup from our flank stations.

We’ve worked with Kimmeridge Coastguard 31 times this year and Wyke Coastguard CRT on 20 occasions.

We have recently welcomed Hannah and Brian to the team, taking us up to 9 Coastgaurd Rescue Officers.

We are grateful of the ongoing support from the public and sincerely thank all of those mentioned above who we worked with last year.

To all those we helped out in 2020, we hope you are well recovered and none the worse for your ordeal. The Dorset coast can be a dangerous place and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who didn’t come back after visiting our stretch of coast. The chain of taskings on the 30th of May will live long in the memory. It was a fast moving, intense and most challenging afternoon. Thankfully, jobs of that severity are few and far between. The service we provide would not be possible without support from both our employers, and most importantly our families. Our loved ones are the ones left behind to look after the kids, the ones who have to reschedule their days, and the ones left in the middle of the night with no idea when we will return. They are also the ones who have to deal with the phone constantly ringing while we are out, courtesy of our alerting system!

Review of 2019

2019 was another busy year for us on the Lulworth team. We were paged to attend 60 coastal emergencies over the year.

45 (75%) of our call outs were to evacuate casualties and to provide first aid. These jobs took us as far inland as Puddletown Forest, east, as far as Arish Mell, but were mainly focussed in the Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove area.

We’re attended four searches involving water rescues, four searches for despondent individuals and twice deployed to deliver safety advise.

Other jobs have seen us go to the aid of two lost people, one stuck dog, a crashed paraglider and a cliff rescue.

We waved a very fond farewell to our trusty Toyota Hilux of 17 years, but were delighted to take delivery of a new Mitsubishi L200.

We’ve worked with the police, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Lulworth first responders and Weymouth Lifeboat on numerous occasions.

As ever, thanks to our fantastic flank stations Kimmeridge Coastguard and Wyke Coastguard CRT for providing invaluable backup. We were grateful to see our colleagues from St Albans CRT on our guard twice this year.

Thanks to both Lee-on-Solent and St Athan helicopter crews as well as Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

While we’ve said goodbye to some wonderful and experienced CRO’s on our team last year, we look forward to welcoming and training up some new faces on Lulworth CRT this year.

A very happy new year from all of us on the Lulworth team.

Page last updated: 5 May 2021

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