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Why you should never try to rescue your dog from water

Plymouth Coastguard has issued a stark warning after a man trying to rescue his dog became stranded in water.

The man was rescued from the River Plym near Blagdon’s Boatyard at around 8.30pm on Monday after he entered the water to help his dog.

The man was rescued safely by the Plymouth RNLI Lifeboat team and the Plymouth Coastguard.

The coastguard team said they have seen pet owners try to rescue their animals from the water, and not make it back to shore “countless times”.

File image: Coastguard

File image: Coastguard (Image: Plymouth Coastguard)

A spokesperson for Plymouth Coastguard, said: “We would remind all pet owners that if their animal becomes in danger on our coastline our advice is not to attempt self rescue but to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“In most cases the animal will make it back to safety, sadly this is not always the case for the owner as we have seen countless times around the coast.”

The lifeboat team added that the “dog made it ashore and the male was located on board a boat”.

If you get into a water emergency or see someone in trouble or difficulty in the water, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, or watercraft users VHF maritime radio channel 16.

File image: Coastguard

File image: Coastguard (Image: Coastguard)

Where is the Plymouth Coastguard team based?

The station is located at the end of Tapson Drive opposite Fort Stamford. The team is near to the popular areas of Jennycliff and Mount Batten.

There are many UK Coastguard operations rooms positioned around the UK that are manned 24 hours a day. They control and mobilise search and rescue assets such as the coastguard rescue teams, RNLI lifeboats and the coastguard helicopters, to sea or coastal incidents.

When you dial 999 for the coastguard, it is the ops room staff that you speak to directly.

Who is in the coastguard team?

There are 14 coastguard personnel who all have a mix of backgrounds, including IT, engineering, emergency services, land registry, Border Force, and Water sports instruction, and their experience amongst the team ranges from six months to over 50 years.

Do the coastguard get paid?

There is no on-call allowance for being a coastguard, only modest expenses – and they can be expected to be called out 24/7, 365 days a year, by pager.

Individual members respond when they are available to do so.

File image: Coastguard

File image: Coastguard (Image: Plymouth Coastguard)

What can the Plymouth Coastguard rescue team do?

The primary roles are:

Water Rescue

The team are fully trained in coastal water rescue.

They can initiate immediate rescue of persons in the water. The team are also able to retrieve persons cut off by the tide using wading techniques, set up bank-side safety for searching challenging areas and runner rescue where we can use urban features to secure ourselves in a hostile environment for example retrieving a casualty from the end of s pier in stormy weather.

The team also has a flood response capability.

First Aid/Advanced Casualty Care

The team carry and have been trained to use a comprehensive first aid kit which includes advanced measures such as airways, bag valve mask, neck collars, pelvic splint and tourniquets etc.

All members of the team have completed a first response course in casualty care with a focus on trauma.

Search

The team are highly trained in search techniques for missing/despondent persons within the literal coastal area.

The team has person profiling for different types of incident and excellent local knowledge of our coastal environment.

They can also call upon further assets such as lifeboats and helicopters to further increase our probability of detection, and are soon to further improve our search training and will be moving to a new search protocol called LAMPS which will better integrate us with the police by using the same search protocol.

Coastguard rescue at Redgate Beach in Torquay

Coastguard rescue at Redgate Beach in Torquay (Image: Facebook/Torbay Coastguard)

Rope Rescue

The team are qualified in technical rope rescue meaning we can access, stabilise and retrieve a casualty.

They carry 200m of rope on the vehicle which is far more than needed for any cliff in are area, and can also provide this skill for vertical rescue into boats or rock armour where needed.

Casualty extraction

The team carry two types of stretcher on their vehicle both of which can be used to carry patients from a point of danger to a point of safety. They often work alongside the ambulance service with injured casualties on beaches/difficult to access areas.

TEP

HM Coastguard also have a responsibility to pyrotechnics and ordinance such as old bombs washed up on the coastline.

The team are trained to assess these incidents and implement a cordon. The Coastguard can use exemptions to transport marine flares/ pyrotechnics. With ordinance the coastguard will liaise with local Royal Navy EOD to arrange recovery and disposal of the item.

Video footage from Tamar Coastguard showed the rescue on Sunday afternoon

File picture of Coastguard helicopter (Image: File picture)

Helicopter landing sites

In poor weather where the coastguard helicopter cannot land at the hospital the team will deploy and set up an emergency landing site.

To do this the team will choose a suitable location usually Plymouth Hoe for us and secure the site. They will complete a sweep for foreign objects due to dangers from helicopter downdraft and relay weather condition/ wind direction to the incoming aircraft.

Off road

The coastguard operate a 4×4 vehicle with off-road tyres and have the ability to travel through areas of rough terrain or equally snow/sand etc.

Across the coast this was utilised during snow earlier in the year.

Communication

With the vehicle and individual VHF radios they have the ability to speak to other teams, and rescue assets such as lifeboats and rescue helicopters. They provide the eyes and ears for HM Coastguard operations centres. The 999 Control room in Falmouth also operates airwave communication to keep in touch with the other three emergency services if required.

You can follow the Plymouth Coastguard on Twitter @PlymCoastguard for all the latest updates.

Source: https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/you-should-never-try-rescue-1715075

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