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re the words passed from the instructor pilot to the student as he hands over control of a Tutor two-seat training aircraft in the skies over RAF Boscombe Down. The instructor will say “what do you want to do? Cruise around and look at the sights (Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral look great from 3000ft!) and then maybe some aerobatics on the way back?” This was the choice presented to 8 cadets and their Padre on a recent air experience day. Sadly no photographs, as photography was restricted on that day, sorry!
As you can imagine, safety is the highest priority, so we started with a thorough safety briefing, covering all safety aspects on the ground and in the air, including the use of the parachute strapped to our backs. The Tutor aircraft is cleared for aerobatics including loops, rolls and stall turns, all of course under the careful supervision of highly-experienced instructors.
This is just one of the many opportunities the ATC offers, and could lead to a full-flying scholarship for enthusiastic and talented cadets. In our group, some cadets had made many flights, and for one it was his maiden flight, a memorable moment in his life!
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Revd John Cooper Padre 2185 Sqn ATC .
60 High Street, Swanage. BH19 2NX 01929 475 793
and heading out of the bay. Portland Coast Guard were informed and shortly afterwards, Swanage Inshore Lifeboat was launched. During the interim a Swanage dive boat had noticed what was happening and was standing by the sloop. The lifeboat took the sloop in tow and headed back into the bay when its attention was drawn to a broken down jetski. Having restored the jetski’s engine the ILB returned the sloop to a safe anchorage.
D At 15.05 hours on Monday August 8th the watchkeeper noticed an
inflatable dinghy, with two people on board, adrift in the bay with a broken outboard engine. Portland Coastguard was informed who sent a radio message describing the situation to a passing ferry. The message was evidently not received as the ferry passed by without stopping. The watchkeeper then contacted the owner of a Swanage dive boat in the bay, who took the inflatable in tow and returned it, and its passengers, safely to Swanage pier.
In the early evening of Tuesday August 30th a pod of five dolphins was
spotted 200 metres from Peveril Point heading northwards in a leisurely fashion. A little further down the coast in Torbay, on August 24th the NCI’s first purpose-built watchtower was opened by Admiral Sir Neville Purvis KCB, who said that the new lookout was a fine example of people making things happen for the general good. During July an old coastguard station at Rhoscolyn on Anglesey was re-opened as a National Coastwatch station. This is the second station to be opened in North Wales.
The summer season is now coming to an end with, thankfully, no casualties or major personal injuries; long may it continue. The Peveril Point lookout will remain fully-manned throughout the autumn and winter months, fulfilling our obligation of “Eyes along the Coast”. Peter J Stevens
uring the afternoon of Sunday August 7th , with a fresh south
westerly wind of 20 knots, the watchkeeper at Peveril Point noticed a Bermudan Sloop in Swanage Bay dragging its anchor
Swanage inshore lifeboat races to stricken boat drifting to sea with three people onboard.
to sea in a broken-down boat in Swanage Bay. With the wind gusting a force five when the lifeboat was called to the rescue, the casualty boat was swiftly drifting out to open waters.
The small boat had lost engine power and their anchor was not holding in the windy conditions, so the broken-down boat was continuing to be blown out of the bay, putting the young men onboard in danger.
The lifeboat crew arrived on scene within eight minutes of the call and the three men were taken aboard the lifeboat and back to the safety of the quay. After a quick assessment confirmed that the casualty boat’s crew were cold and wet but otherwise OK, the lifeboat returned to recover their broken down vessel, towing it back in to the bay, to ensure it didn’t pose further hazard to other vessels.
Coastguard officers met the casualties at the quay and gave them some safety advice, as they were lacking some key safety equipment such as lifejackets, oars or flares, which could have been essential had they been unable to raise the alarm so quickly.
With the young men safely ashore and the boat tied up on the quay, the lifeboat’s volunteer crew returned to the station.
Rebecca Mack, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
wanage’s inshore lifeboat was called into action on Sunday 5th September following a 999 call from three young men drifting out
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