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Fears over coastguard staffing

Coastguard centres in the region are constantly understaffed, according to campaigners. Coastguard SOS say that 20% of shifts at the Portland centre in Dorset didn't meet the minimum risk level of staff.

The group say that understaffing could put the public and sailors in danger.

20% of coastguard centre shifts are understaffed according to a campaign group. Credit: ITV West Country

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Coastguard volunteering: not just a fair-weather job

It's been a busy summer for Cornwall's coastguards, but work doesn't slow down now the days are getting shorter.

Winter's long dark nights and stormy weather means there's just as many incidents to deal with around the coast.

The number of people volunteering to become coastguard rescue officers is on the up - but just who are they? Francesca Carpenter's been with them to find out.

Dog and owner rescued from cliff near Lyme Regis

A dog and its owner have been rescued from a cliff face in Dorset following a two-hour operation. Thirteen coastguard officers and a lifeboat crew were involved after the pair became stuck 60ft up rocks near West Bay.

A coastguard spokesman said it appeared the owner of the dog, a husky-alsatian cross, had attempted a lone rescue after his pet had gone missing the night before. Both were recovered safe and well after becoming entangled in undergrowth.

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Portland Coastguard in search for missing skipper

Portland coastguard is involved in the search for a man whose yacht was found ashore with the engine running but no-one on board.

It was found near Brighstone in the Isle of Wight yesterday evening after a member of the public reported a yacht called ‘Brigand’ was ashore with one of its sails up.

Solent Coastguard is coordinating the air, land and sea search.

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