The merger of the South's coastguard services will mean a 'loss of vital local knowledge' about our coastline. That's the fear from critics tonight after the opening of the new National Maritime Operations Centre in Hampshire this week. Richard Jones reports.
Critics of the controversial merger of the coastguard stations covering the Dorset and Hampshire coasts say it could lead to a loss of vital local knowledge. Staff from Portland and Lee-on-Solent will now work at a new centre at Fareham. But the coastguard says its ability to respond to emergencies won't be affected. The Royal Yachting Association says it is been assured seach and rescue operations won't suffer.
The search was for the girl was stood down around 1pm and coastguards will return to search the beach at low tide.
There have been no other reports and police are currently talking to the informant to clarify the details.
Police and coastguards were called to Selsey after girl was reported to have jumped into the sea.
The girl was reported to have jumped into the sea in the East Beach area around 11.30am by a member of the public who then became concerned when they didn't see her again.
A HM Coastguard helicopter and two lifeboats are at the scene.
A 15-year-old girl has gone missing on a beach in Selsey.
Sussex Police, Solent Coastguard and the Selsey RNLI are searching East Beach.
A spokesman for Selsey RNLI confirmed that part of the search was taking place in the water.
Selsey Coastguard with Selsey RNLI and the Coastguard helicopter searching for person of East beach Selsey.
An eight year old boy was pulled into a lifeboat from the water at Appley beach in Ryde on the Isle of Wight yesterday. The Solent coastguard helicopter then airlifted the child to St Mary's Hospital in Newport.
Thousands of people were in the area at the time for Armed Forces Day. The boy was later transferred to Southampton Hospital where his condition was described as critical but stable.
Twelve canoeists have been rescued off the coast of Swanage after getting into difficulty. Two three seater, and one six seater canoes were on the water when the larger canoe capsized.
The canoeists became swamped. A nearby boat saw the rouble and raised the alarm to the coastguard.
Swanage Lifeboat was called out and the group were rescued and taken to safety.
We're told they were suffering from the cold, but are all safe and do not need any medical attention.
The family of a teacher from Buckinghamshire who died when she was swept into a Dorset sea cave have paid tribute to her.
They described the 30-year-old as a 'wonderful girl' with an 'engaging personality'.
Charlotte Furness-Smith was coasteering, a sport which involves moving along the coastline on foot or by swimming.
Despite the RNLI's attempt to rescue her at the Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage, they could not reach her in time amidst the rough conditions.
Rescue teams have been unable to find the body of a missing swimmer who died while trapped in a sea cave in Dorset.
Dorset Police together with Swanage Coastguard Rescue Team and Swanage RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat conducted a thorough search of the location at Tilly Whim Caves.
The missing woman has not been located and enquiries are ongoing. Officers say they are in close contact with the family.