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COASTGUARD REPORT: Missing people, yachts in trouble and a dog over a cliff
7:57am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
PORTLAND Coastguard centre had a busy weekend with call outs across the county and beyond.
On Saturday afternoon the coastguards, based on Weymouth harbourside, sent the Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue Team to search for a collie dog.
Poppy, the collie had chased after a pheasant and had last been seen disappearing over a gully to the west of Lyme Regis.
The team did a thorough search but were unable to locate the dog in the failing light.
At 9am on Sunday they returned and the cliff-rescue team sent a man down into the deep rock gully.
Poppy was found and brought back up the cliff where she was met by her grateful owners.
Coastguards sent a team from Poole in search of a yacht with people on board yelling they were out of fuel which had been reported by a passing vessel at 4am on Sunday morning.
After a thorough search nothing untoward was found. But later on a canoe was found near Poole Ferry Terminal breakwater.
After reviewing CCTV, two people were seen to leave the vessel at 5.05am and the vessel was taken into the care of Poole Harbour Authorities and Dorset Police were informed.
On Sunday afternoon Boscombe Beach Lifeguards and South West Ambulance helped a man in his 30s who had heat stroke while competing in a local marathon event.
At 1.45pm Poole lifeboat was sent to tow in the 60ft motor yacht PERDIEN after it reported having fuel contamination problems close to the entrance to Poole Harbour.
As the team were on their way they were stood down as the ambulance crew had managed to assist the gentleman themselves and no further assistance was required.
Portland Coastguard investigated a report of a drifting motor cruiser near St Albans Race, but found the vessel was happily fishing and was under the watchful eye of St Albans Coastwatch.
Portland helicopter was sent to Brixham to rescue a 13-year-old boy who was in difficulties on the cliffs at Torquay. He was airlifted to safety just after 2.30pm.
Swimmers were given safety advice by Poole Coastguard Rescue Officers after they were seen at the entrance to the busy Poole Harbour at 7.30pm.
Devon Police called Portland Coastguard at around 7.30pm to report a female walking into the water at Exmouth.
Police managed to get the lady out of the water before Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Officers or the Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat could attend.
Just before 8pm a team of six coastguard rescue officers met police near Dancing Ledge after police had received a call from a male threatening suicide in the area.
The team met police at a rendezvous point in Worth Matravers, but the police had meanwhile traced the man's mobile phone to the Blandford area.
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