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Busy Bank Holiday For Coastguards

Whiskey Bravo Coastguard helicopter Portland

8:06am 5th May 2014


It's been a busy weekend so far for coastguards off the Dorset coast.

Among the incident's they've attended have been to two divers suffering from compression sickness in two seperate incidents.

In the first, the Portland Coastguard helicopter Rescue-106 airlifted a male diver from dive boat Endeavour after he made a rapid ascent whilst diving on the wreck of the submarine M2, 5 miles northwest of Portland Bill.  They were met at the Poole landing site by a dive doctor and South Western Ambulance. Wyke Coastguards met the Endeavour on return to Weymouth.

They also airlifted a male diver, who was showing signs of decompression sickness, from dive boat Skua, 4.5 miles south-south-west of St Albans Head, to Poole.  Poole Coastguards, a specialist dive doctor and South Western Ambulance met them at the landing site before onward transport to the nearby hyperbaric recompression chamber.

Swanage Coastguards, supported by St Albans Coastguards were tasked to a black Labrodor over the cliff near Anvil Point. Swanage RNLI Inshore Lifeboat also attended and recovered the animal from the base of the cliff. The dog, called Pippa, was reunited with its owners and taken for treatment to an injured paw.

A request for assistance was received from South West Ambulance with a male who had suffered a fit at Durdle Door. Lulworth Coastguards attended and assisted with evacuting the casualty.

The skipper of the 22ft yacht Shanda, 2 persons on board, called on mobile phone to report that his craft had suffered complete electrical failure and was adrift in Weymouth Bay off the northern breakwater of Portland Harbour.  The local vessel Cefas Endeavour on survey off Portland Bill responded to a vhf channel 16 call and launched her Fast Rescue Boat to assist the yacht with a tow back to her mooring at Castle Cove.

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