If you ring the coastguard in east Devon or Dorset, the chances are that a call centre in another part of the country will deal with it. From today the rescue co-ordination centre in Weymouth is being wound down and will be closed altogether by Friday.
It's provoked a heartfelt response from sailors, fishermen and boat owners who were among hundreds who gathered to say farewell to the lifesaving team.
The national operations centre in Hampshire opened last week. By next spring it will be at full speed. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency insists that its response will be as good or better than now, with local volunteer rescue teams and lifeboat crews responding as before.
The handover is gradual, but will be complete by next week. Then the former Customs House in Portland will be sold
Hundreds of people have lined the harbourside in Weymouth as more than fifty boats took part in a lap of honour of the harbour to salute Portland Coastguard.
Operations start to transfer to a new national centre in Hampshire from tomorrow. It marks an end of more than 35 years of service in Dorset.
You might think that rocks playing music that's controlled by the weather sounds strange. And it is according to those on Portland who've been experiencing it this week.
They also say it's very beautiful and thought provoking. It's one of a series of art installations around the island.
Our Dorset Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:
People on Portland are being entertained and intrigued by a series of art installations. At the Bill, a computer is translating weather into music. Speakers hidden among the rocks play different sounds according to the conditions. It's part of the B-Side festival.
You can hear a snippet of the musical rocks below:
Thousands of pigeons were released on Portland today as a rehearsal for a ceremony in Normandy to mark the contribution the birds played during both world wars.
Tens of thousands of often secret messages were carried by pigeons and they are still even used today in sensitive areas of the world.
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The Marine Conservation Society is warning that warm weather in the south west could bring an influx of giant jellyfish to our coasts. A number of giant barrel jellyfish have already been washed up at Portland and Weymouth.
The species is harmless but the MCS says it's keen to hear from anyone who finds them.
A woman has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest on Portland. The elderly woman was treated at the scene in the area of Victoria Square before being flown to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Two emergency helicopters and their crews were called to Portland this afternoon after a man collapsed on a coastal footpath.
The coastguard helicopter and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were both attended the incident at West Cliff along with paramedics and coastguard cliff rescue team.
A man suffered a cardiac arrest.
The Royal Navy has been testing its latest radar systems by firing LIVE missiles off the coast of Portland
These Seawolf missiles were fired at sea skimming targets from HMS Iron Duke. The ship has also been training with the new systems near Plymouth.
Video courtesy of the Royal Navy