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Coastguards In Cross Channel Search

Whiskey Bravo Coastguard helicopter Portland

9:24am 19th May 2014

Portland Coastguard's been involved in an international search.

They worked with French authorities off the Channel islands searching for a man reported overboard from a tanker.

Coastguard Rescue helicopter R-106 searched an area of 20 square nautical miles North East of Alderney to assist French Coastguards in the search for a 26 year old crewman reported to have been lost overboard from the Cypriot-registered tanker JULIA. The JULIA searched along a reciprocal course and a French helicopter and Falcon aircraft were also searching. The search operations were terminated after nothing was found.

In Dorset waters they went to the aid of a broken down motorboat off Portland. The vessel was 300yrds from sailing academy entrance with 6 persons on board. A broadcast was made on VHF Ch16 and two vessels responded to their aid. Vessel Fortuneswell took the vessel under tow back into the Portland Sailing Academy.   

Advice was sought on behalf of the Dive Club AERIAL DIVER who had had a male diver make a rapid ascent. When they had come alongside they had placed the diver on Oxygen but requested advice from MRCC Portland. Communications were established with them and the dive doctor who advised the male to be taken to the Hyperbaric Centre in Poole for assessment.The diver was taken by private car.

An RNLI Lifeboat,  on passage from Exmouth to Poole reported finding a large flat metal object when just south of St Albans Head. The object was likely to cause a hazard to navigation. The Lifeboat was able to secure a line to the object and tow it into Chapmans Pool with St Albans Coastguard Rescue Officers maintaining observations. LB 13-01 then continued their passage to Poole.

Dorset Police requested Coastgaurd assistance after they had received concern for a missing 14 year old female at Hive,Beach Burton Bradstock. As Coastguard Rescue Officers were proceeding confirmation was received that she had been found safe and well - Coastgaurds Stood down.

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