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Busy 24 Hours For Coastguards


9:45am 30th August 2014

It's been a busy last 24 hours for Portland's coastguards.

They've monitored two fishing vessels in the south-west bound lane of the mid-channel Off-Casquets Vessel Traffic Separation Scheme that were travelling in the wrong direction, creating a hazard to oncoming vessels. The French Coastguard at MRCC Jobourg were informed and appropriate action was taken.

Portland Coastguard also received a report of a yacht that that looked to be in difficulties in the Tidal Race, off Portland Bill.
The casualty vessel was contacted on VHF radio and an overwatch was kept until the yacht made safer waters.
A kitesurfer was reported to be in difficulties in the middle of  Portland Harbour. Wyke Regis Coastguard Rescue Officers were tasked and Weymouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched.  He made to shore unaided but under the watchful eye of Rescue units and a windsurfer who was next to him.

Swanage Coastguard investigated a report of a sailing boat that could have been in difficulty off Anvil Point, Swanage. Area from Swanage to Anvil Point searched with nothing untoward sighted.

On land they went to help a woman with an injured ankle at Hedbury Quarry, near Swanage. Officers from St Albans Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to assist. With the help of some members of public and the female's partner they were able to carry her out to the top and back to their car where she was then taken to hospital for a check up.

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