Coastguard's cliff warning

The Coastguard is warning of coastal dangers after three cliff incidents in two days.

Minute's silence for fishermen

Prayers and a minute's silence was observed at chuches in Weymouth today for the crew of the fishing boat Purbeck Isle

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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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Investigation after woman dies in cave

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RNLI lifeboat at the scene Credit: Donald Collier

Swimmer's death: Rescue teams were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage yesterday afternoon. But it soon became clear that any rescue had to be made from the cliffs. The woman has not yet been named.

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The attempted rescue by the RNLI Credit: Donald Collier

The woman died with the light failing and high tide approaching.

RNLI footage of attempted sea cave rescue

Swanage RNLI has released footage of the attempted rescue of a woman trapped in a sea cave. Rescue teams were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage yesterday afternoon, including the RNLI and a Coastguard helicopter. But it soon became clear that any rescue had to be made from the cliffs.

With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed. There is no sound on this video.

Trapped woman dies in sea cave

A woman has died despite a major rescue operation to free her from a coastal cave in Dorset. Coasguards, Swanage and St Albans RNLI were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage at 3.20pm yesterday to reports of a woman trapped in a sea cave.

Rescue teams could either enter the cave underwater or through a blowhole at the roof of the cave. With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed.

A Coastguard spokesperson said: 'The difficult decision was taken that the recovery of the body at that point was too dangerous to undertake. Naturally at this time the team's thoughts are with the deceased person's family and friends.'

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Coastguard rescue man from remote marshland

Coastguards have rescued a missing man from remote marshland near Weymouth last night. The 62-year-old man had been missing for more than 24 hours when he was found using infra-red heat seeking equipment on board the Portland Coastguard helicopter.

The Wyke Coastguard Rescue Team and members of Dorset Search and Rescue hiked over rough terrain to get to the man and prepare him to be winched to safety. He's now in hospital suffering from suspected hypothermia.

Maddy Davey, watch manager at Portland Coastguard, said: 'This was a tricky rescue operation, with teams working in the dark and in an inaccessible area of land. But through working together with other rescue organisations, we were thankfully able to locate this man and take him to safety.'

Coastguard stations to close

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Solent and Portland coastguard stations will close next September Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Solent and Portland coastguard stations will close next September, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.

The stations, which co-ordinate search and rescue services, are being replaced by the operations centre in Segensworth, Hampshire.

They were provisionally set to close by next April.

The new Maritime Operations Centre will be run alongside nine other 24-hour centres around the UK.

Sunshine keeps Coastguard busy

The sunshine and clear blue skies meant a busy weekend for the South's Coastguards. These walkers were cut off from the tide at Luccombe on the Isle of Wight and rescued by the Sandown and Shanklin Independent lifeboat.

The couple, who were very grateful or the ride home, were taken to Hope beach in Shanklin. Dover and Solent coastguard were also kept busy with routine calls.

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