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Fears over merger of coastguard stations

Loss of local knowledge? Credit: Meridian

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.

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Reports that missing girl was seen jumping into sea

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.

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Boy in hospital after coastguard rescue on the Isle of Wight

The eight-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital from Appley beach Credit: Bright Wight Images
Lifeboat crews rescued the youngster from the sea in Ryde Credit: Bright Wight Images

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.

Canoeists rescued by coastguard near Swanage

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.

Family pay tribute to sea cave victim

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 team unable to find dead swimmer's body

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.

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