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More Than 30 Weekend Call Outs For Portland Coastguards

Whiskey Bravo Coastguard helicopter Portland

9:35am 15th July 2013

Portland Coastguards had more than 30 call outs in a hectic weekend on the Dorset Coast.

Amongst the incidents were  going to two divers who had made too rapid ascent from more than 25 metres below the surface in Lyme Bay and needed decompression treatment.

The Dive vessel RUBY J called Pan Pan Urgency on VHF ch16 after two Divers made a rapid ascent from a 26 metre drift dive in Lyme Bay. MRCC Portland took advice from a Dive Doctor then tasked Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 106 and Poole Coastguards. Rescue 106 quickly arrived onscene, assessed the two males then lifted them to the Poole Landing Site where they were met by Ambulance and Poole Coastguard. Southwest Ambulance transported the casualties to Poole Recompression Chamber for treatment.

A 999 call was received from a member of the public reporting her eight year old son who had gone missing whilst on a walk from Lulworth to Durdle Door. The Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team was paged to commence a search however a short while later the child was located safe and well and reunited with his mother

 Portland Coastguard received a call from South West Ambulance requesting coastguard assistance to an injured ten year old with possible fractures at Sandy Bay, Exmouth. Exmouth coastguards were tasked and were able to assist the paramedics in moving the injured youngster from the beach to the ambulance to receive treatment.

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