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Caribbean Photography: Chillin out
15th November 2012 - 0 comments
Caribbean Photography
Chillin out on the islands

Chilling out, swinging in a hammock, on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

A small series of image that reflect the concept of 'Chillin Out'.

On Bequia there are a few private resorts, but everywhere, the beaches are public, and every now and then you find little gems like these.

The beaches around the island are sandy, so the shallow water just of the many beaches is a glorious turquoise colour, perfect for swimming, relaxing and just simply chillin. add a hammock or swing and you're well set.

Chilling out, swinging in a hammock, on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

Chilling out, swinging in a hammock, on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

Chilling out, swinging in a hammock, on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Caribbean Photography : Sunset across Admiralty Bay, Bequia
14th November 2012 - 0 comments
Caribbean Photography
Sunset across Admiralty Bay, Bequia

A glorious dusky pink and golden sunset across Admiralty Bay on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

As we are closer to the Equator here than in the UK, the sun moves across the sky quicker. This results in the setting sun and the resulting 'sweep' of colour moving across the sky much more quickly here.

I went out last night to check out sunset, only to see a very mediocre scene as the sun went down behind a thick bank of low lying cloud on the horizon. A bit disappointing.

I went back to my sundowner Rum Punch, chatting with friends and looked out of the window to see a glorious sky developing towards the Eastern skies. Knowing the speed the sky changes here, I ran back to car, got my gear and setup on the bay's shoreline, with the Friendship Rose, a locally built traditional classic sailing yacht in the foreground.

The colours were amazing and as usual it didnt last long. With the ever decreasing light levels and the breeze moving all of the yachts and their rigging, it made a challenging 5 minutes.

The lesson: Always look the other way & wait to see what develops after the sun sets!

A glorious dusky pink and golden sunset across Admiralty Bay on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

A glorious dusky pink and golden sunset across Admiralty Bay on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

A glorious dusky pink and golden sunset across Admiralty Bay on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Caribbean Islands : Lower Bay, Bequia
13th November 2012 - 0 comments
Caribbean Islands
Lower Bay, Bequia - passing storms

Passing storms cause waves to surge up Lower Bay beach on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines

It was a grey afternoon here on Bequia and the storm clouds were gathering, lying low across the island hills and from up on high you can watch the storms heading our way across the seas.

One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Lower Bay, was being hit by storm surges, causing the waves to run right up the beach causing all sunbathers and swimmers to leave and go home. Perfect! I had the beach to myself.

The fallen tree immediately caught my eye and using this as a lead in waited for the surges to run up and encompass me.

A lone yachtsman was waiting out the passing storm until he too took off for a run down the islands, leaving me with the entire bay, beach and seafront to myself. Once the rain came, I packed up the camera and dived in for a swim. Even on a grey cloudy day the bay was wonderful.
Bequia Youth Sailors : Young Island
12th November 2012 - 1 comment
Bequia Youth Sailors
Young Island regatta to raise awareness





The Bequia Youth Sailors spent the day yesterday hold an informal regatta at the stunning exclusive resort, Young Island, St Vincent to help raise the awareness of their project, supported by local businesses and the Governor General, Sir Frederick Ballantyne.

The charity was setup and is supported by local Bequia businessman, Andy Mitchell who along with a number of others on the island are bringing sailing within reach of the local school children.

The children are started in the Optimists, which are an Internationally Acclaimed Class of small sailing boat. Bequia Youth Sailors have taken part in a number of regional regattas, with excellent results. The young people then move up to the local Bequia boats, the Double-enders, which are inherently unstable, as they have no keel and very large sail areas, which makes them more challenging to sail.





The regatta at Young Island was held to raise the awareness of the charity and its work and highlight the need for further funds to keep the projects expanding.

Simon, the base manager at Sunsail St Vincent and one of the major supporters of the project was there to see his support in action as the local Optimists boats proudly show the Sunsail logo on their sails.

Mr Ballantyne lent his political influence and support to the day to encourage the local press to attend and cover this great local project.

Dorset Landscape Photography: Sunrise over Lyme Regis
07th October 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography
Sunrise over Lyme Regis


Sunrise over the Cobb at Lyme Regis, with the dusky pinks of pre-dawn

I was planning on getting up this morning to see the mists lying across the valleys around West Dorset & Somerset, but as I drove through, there was very little, so always with a Plan B, I headed off to Lyme Regis; a place I haven't been to for sunrise for a long time, so it was due for a revisit.

As i arrived, I wanted to capture the sunrise over the boats in the harbour, so I setup and started capturing the scene. The clouds were OK at this point, about 45 mins before sunrise, but as time went by, the clouds started to glow and turn a fabulous dusky pink, through to orange and golden as the sun rose.

Seeing this change in the clouds, I ran down the Cobb to capture the iconic pier in all its glory, against this amazing sky..... only to meet a couple of other Togs there already, happily capturing the moment too. Good morning to Peter and Bri.... who came up with some cracking shots of the sunrise too.

It was one of those sunrises that made you glad to be alive, glad that you got out of bed at silly-o'clock (although not too bad this time of year) and glad to welcome in the dawn of a new day. It was stunning!

The clouds really took on the colour of sunrise, with the rising into cloud, the area around the sun was glowing a warm, golden colour, whilst the clouds higher in the skies were a warm dusky pinky blue colour. During the sunrise too, an area of the sky went almost red, which was amazing to see .... so amazing I stood and watch and forgot to press the shutter for a couple of minutes!

A wonderful morning. Hope you enjoyed it too, but here's a reminder for those who stayed in bed.

Sunrise over the boats in the harbour at Lyme Regis, with the golden glow of pre-dawn

Sunrise over the Cobb at Lyme Regis, with the golden glow of pre-dawn

Sunrise over the fishing boats in Lyme Regis harbour
Island Life : Moving to the Caribbean
25th September 2012 - 1 comment
Island Life
Moving to the Caribbean



About 5 years ago I was working as a Yacht Skipper and operating a Charter Yacht in the Caribbean. Suffice to say that I loved it.

It was great fun living aboard the yacht and sailing the islands, taking people out on charter and showing them the stunning locations that are around in the Grenadines, many of which can only be accessed by boat.

Over the past few years, since returning to the UK I have missed the islands and have always felt drawn to go back there and spend more time amongst the friendly locals, sipping the rum punch and exploring the area.

So, in a few weeks I shall be returning to the Caribbean, to St Vincent & and the Grenadines, to the small island of Bequia (pronounced Beck-way), where I am looking forward to taking lots of photographs of the island, the region and the stunning scenery.

The shot above is one from my very early days of photography, which shows the yacht we lived on and the stunning location of the Tobago Cays, but it also sums up my time in the Caribbean.... relaxed, beautiful locations, great fun and a great life.

Over the coming months I will be putting together some photographic trips to the region, to offer more people the opportunity to experience what is one of the most beautiful places on earth, to have a great holiday and to return home with some amazing shots of this wonderful location.
Dorset Landscape Photography: Misty Sunrise across West Dorset
09th September 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography
Misty Sunrise across West Dorset

The pre dawn glow of dusky pinks, the golden glow and bright orange across the clouds over West Dorset and Colmers Hill

Another from yesterdays spectacular sunrise, taken from on top of Quarr Hill, overlooking the trees of Colmers Hill and the fog bound valleys surrounding Bridport.

A few minutes before sunrise the few clouds that were in the skies over West Dorset started to glow with a range of colours from dusky pink, through gold and orange. A glorious moment.

When you see a scene like this, you really notice how quickly the sun moves and with it, the lighting changes on the clouds. It took just a minute or two for the light to move on, and for the clouds to loose their wonderful pre-dawn colour palette.
Dorset Landscape Photography: Mists return to Dorset
08th September 2012 - 1 comment
Dorset Landscape Photography
Mists return to Dorset

A golden glow from the sunrise over Colmers Hill, the valleys full of swirling mists and fog reflecting the pre dawn blue hue

Its been a while since there was a misty morning forecast here, but this week we got two!

The forecast this morning was for fog, but I decided it was worth a look. A cold'ish night after a warm day, with clear skies, was a good omen. The fog seemed quite thick as I headed off to the local Dorset landmark of Colmers Hill, climbing up Quarr Hill to get a good viewpoint.

As I arrived on the top of Quarr Hill, I came out of the fog and the view that greeted me was one that will stay with me. The trees of Colmers were just poking out of the fog! I had arrived well before sunrise, and the lovely pre-dawn golden glow coming up on the horizon with dark blue skies above made for a wondrous view.

The morning continued in that vein with a glorious sunrise, the mists swirling across the valleys of the Marshwood Vale with a few clouds thrown in for good measure to capture the morning glow of dusky pinks. Wow, what a great start to the day. A true inspiration.

The first rays of sunrise, light up the fog and hillside as Colmers Hill stands proud of the fog and mist
Dorset Landscape Photography: A study of electricity
07th September 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography
A study of electricity

Or to be more precise, electricity pylons.

Morning mists lie across the Marshwood Vale, with the electricity pylons leading you in and across the valley. Electrifying.

This week saw the return of mists to the West Dorset valleys, the first for quite some time. It was forecast to be good around Bridport, so I had planned to head off to Colmers Hill, one of the great local landmarks, but on the morning there was little in way of mist at all. Very disappointing, but instead I headed off to the area around Coneys Castle, Lamberts Castle & Fishponds Bottom ..... always gets a laugh.

The mist was lying off in the distance, in the middle of the Marshwood Vale, so I decided it was going to be a morning of 'Pylons in the Mist' .... one of my pet subjects.

The landscape, some would say, has been spoilt by these pylons but I like to use them and show the landscape can still be beautiful even with them running across the valley floor.

It was a lovely morning and one that set me up for the following day ... see my later blog post. There is something very satisfying about getting up so early and seeing what so many others dont, the glorious start to a new day!

Morning mists lie across the Marshwood Vale as the sun rises and peeks out behind the radio relay station masts.

Morning mists lie across the Marshwood Vale as the sun bathes the scene in golden light.
Dorset Landscape Photography : The Albion Exhibition
17th August 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography
The Albion Exhibition

Morning Mists Over Colmers Hill

I was excited to hear that some of my images are being shown in a local exhibition in Lyme Regis as part of the Shed Photography's Annual Show, the Albion Exhibition.

As I went to the launch of the exhibition at the Malthouse, Lyme Regis, I was even more excited to see that they had used one of my images as the main image for all of the PR, Marketing and promotional materials surrounding the show: Morning Mists Across Colmers Hill. The image was also used by the local newspaper for their 'View2' guide.

The image had previously been included in the Landscape Photography of the Year Exhibition 2011 and was included in both the exhibition and the Yearbook.

The Albion Exhibition runs until September 3rd and is being held at the Malthouse, Town Mill, Lyme Regis. For full details of the exhibition, please follow this link:
http://www.theshedgallery.com/events/2012/08/17/albion-malthouse-lyme-regis/7/

Invitation to the Albion Exhibition, run by Shed Photography, held at the Malthouse, Lyme Regis

Invitation to the Albion Exhibition, run by Shed Photography, held at the Malthouse, Lyme Regis



Dorset Landscape Photography: Sunbeams over Eggardon Hill
02nd August 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography
Sunbeams over Eggardon Hill

Rain clouds roll across Eggardon Hill and down across Bridport and its valleys.

A mixed after noon this week as the clouds and rain spread across West Dorset.

The clouds were lying quite low across the West Dorset hills so I headed up to the edges of Eggardon Hill to see how the light was looking. As I arrived, the clouds were breaking up allowing the sun to stream through in great sunbeams across the landscape.

I managed to capture a few shots before the clouds broke completely and the sunbeams disappeared.

Shooting into the sun was challenging, so I blended 2-3 images together to ensure the sun was not burnt out.
Dorset Landscape Photography : Sunset over the farmers
30th July 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography
Sunset over the farmers

The setting sun catches the wires of the electricity pylons running down Eggardon Hill and across the Marshwood Vale

As the sun set this evening, I as driving up to Eggardon Hill when I passed the row of electricity pylons which run down the hillside, across the valley floor and off across the Marshwood Vale.

The sunlight was catching the wires lighting them up and making these somewhat ugly structures a look a lot more appealing.

As I took a small series of images, the farmers were working the fields below, with tractors running their loads back to the farms and other vehicles running across the landscape, dust rising behind as they went.

The setting sun catches the wires of the electricity pylons running down Eggardon Hill and across the Marshwood Vale
Dorset Event Photography: Landance at Eggardon Hill
15th July 2012 - 1 comment
Dorset Event Photography
Landance at Eggardon Hill

Landance contemporary dance on top of Eggardon Hill, overlooking the Jurassic Coast and the Marshwood Vale

Landance contemporary dance on top of Eggardon Hill, overlooking the hillsides and valleys

Landance contemporary dance on top of Eggardon Hill where a solo dancer performs.

It was a glorious evening last Sunday for the 2nd showing of Landance, a site-specific contemporary dance, which took place across Eggardon Hill, an Iron Age Hill Fort overlooking the Marshwood Vale and Bridport.

The event was organised by Director and Visual Artist Ella Huhne and choreographed by Anna Golding and the dance extended right across Eggardon Hill.

The Dance was accompanied by a group of local singers who performed a core written specifically for the performance by Andrew Dickson.

Dancers 'popped up' from every direction, joining on the ridges and pathways of the fort to convey their dance, whilst at other times solo dancers would take to an outcrop and perform; all with the backdrop of Eggardon Hill itself, the valleys beyond and in the distance, the Jurassic Coastline, Bridport and its quarry hills.

A lot of the dance was into the sun, which I am sure was meant to be good for artistic interpretation, but made the photography quite challenging. The sun being lower in the sky did make for some interesting shadows across the valley though.

I hope you enjoy the images.

Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill

Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill

Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill

Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill

Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill Landance at Eggardon Hill
Wiltshire Event Photography : Stonehenge Fire Garden
13th July 2012 - 0 comments
Wiltshire Event Photography
Stonehenge Fire Garden

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie CarabosseThe Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse

As part of the Cultural Olympiad surrounding the 2012 Games and part of the Salisbury International Art Festival, Compagnie Carabosse installed a Fire Garden into and around Stonehenge.

The Director of the Festival, Maria Bota said: “We aim to inspire, entertain and make moments which transform people and spaces."

It certainly did that. It attracted many hundreds if not a couple of thousand people to the historic site, now managed by the National Trust, and access was allowed through the stones and into the circles. For once you could walk where you wanted rather than stand 40ft away admiring the stones. Here, you could touch and feel the years of erosion.

The Fire Garden was spread in and around the stone circle with different installations including the massive fire sphere's, 4 of which were at the compass points of the Henge, with each pot individually lit as the sun set.

Vests were hanging in amongst the stones, each glowing with fire. Small mechanical moving artworks were backlit against the stones creating eery moving shadows. Large vertical fire 'sticks' were roaring with strange writing or markings on them and fire pits were spread around, not only to be part of the Garde, but they provided a good place to stand and chat and to keep warm.

It was a very busy evening and everyone had a camera-phone, or flash or torches, so it made for some challenging photography as all walked constantly through the scenes. I hope you enjoy the images.

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse

The Fire Garden at Stonehenge, as part of the London 2012 Festival and the Salisbury International Arts Festival, created by Compagnie Carabosse
Olympic Torch Relay comes to Dorset
12th July 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Photo Journalism
Olympic Torch Relay comes to Bridport and Burton Bradstock

Olympic Torch comes to Bridport

Despite the continuing rain, the crowds turned out in force in both Bridport and along the Dorset route for the Olympic Torch Relay this week.

It was interesting to watch it all happen, as it was almost 'blink and you miss it' as the Torch Bearers ran/walked/jogged by holding the Torch high with smiles as wide as the Jurassic Coast.

Katie Norman brought the Torch into Bridport, running the first leg of the relay down past Walditch into the town. Just 13 years old, Katies was nominated for looking after her family in hard times.

Before the Torch Bearers arrived you are whipped up into a frenzy, or not, by the sponsors vehicles, including the Coca Cola lorry handing our free drinks, the Samsung truck with its rolling display, the Lloyds TSB van with some young flag wavers on the back and constantly passing Police bikes talking to you as they go, out-runners galore, presumably to set the scene and then finally the runners themselves arrive, followed by even more support vehicles and coaches! Quite a procession, but as I say, blink at the wrong time and you could easily miss the bearers themselves behind a bus or sponsored coach.

In Burton Bradstock, the three legs were run by Sandra Bowers, Betty Port and Rosie Barfoot. Each had a huge smile on their faces as they ran their part of the journey through the village, holding the Torch high in one hand and waving frantically at the crowds with the other. All very proud, as they should be.

The stories behind each of the runners and the reasons for their nomination as all on thier website, which can be found at http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/. Worth a visit.

It was great to see and a real reminder that the 2012 Games are nearly upon us.

In the first images below Betty Port runs the Torch through the village centre, before handing over to Rosie Barfoot for the final leg.







Rain Stop Play : Burton Bradstock gets Top Spot
07th July 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Photo Journalism
Burton Bradstock reached Top Spot on the Environmental Agencies 'Lives In Danger' list



It was due to be a busy weekend, as I was due to be part of the Dorset Seafood Festival which was taking place around Weymouth Harbour. After setting up on Friday, a group of us ventured through the rain and localised puddles and broken down cars to get down to the area on Saturday morning.

The journey to Weymouth and what we saw on arrival quickly told us that the weather was going to be bad. Stands had been blown into the harbour; Radipole Lake was flooding and the rain and wind were increasing. After an hour of deliberation, the first day of the show was cancelled.

The return journey was a little easier, if longer, due to the number of accidents and road closures now in place. Our small team finally got back to Burton only to be greeted by a flooded village centre, the local garage forecourt under water, cars abandoned in amongst the flood waters and people being air lifted by helicopter.

Many of the local residents were told they were possibly to be evacuated and specialists were brought in to check the small road bridge, which was being put under enormous pressures by the weight of water running up against it, under it, and sometimes over it.





I took a quick run round the area to take some images of the local area, which was mostly under water. In Bridport many of the field around the rivers Asker and Brite were badly flooded and under water and in West Bay, the sluice gates were open and the river behind was so flooded and high, the the flow was a full torrent streaming from the river behind, causing damage to a few of the boats in the harbour.










Despite the horrors and damage caused, most of the flood water disappeared within 24 hours, leaving us all wondering if it had been a bad dream.
Dorset Landscape Photography : Mists blow across the Marshwood Vale
03rd July 2012 - 0 comments
Dorset Landscape Photography
Mists blow across the Marshwood Vale

Fog and mists blow across the Marshwood Vale breaking to allow sun beams to fall across the valley below

I got fed up last week with the never ending West Dorset mists and fog. It was so bad I couldn't see out of my window to the hillside at the end of the road, but I thought 'what the hell'.

I headed up to Eggardon Hill in the hope that I might get above it all, but alas, I could see it blowing in from the coast, across the valleys.

However, as I sat and watched from the warmth of the car, I begun to see shafts of light dropping down through the mists, forming sunbeams and before the mists and fog could disappear, which they did a few moments later, I managed to capture a few shots.

Quite a difficult one to capture as I was shooting into the sun, so a 3 stop filter was used to reduce the glare from the sun, taking a couple of shots at a further -1 & -2 stops for later blending. Using the 'expose to the right' technique which is great when shooting in RAW, I knew I could bring detail from the shadows later on.
Sailing Photography : Round the Island Race 2012 : Eleonora
03rd July 2012 - 1 comment
Sailing Photography
Round the Island Race 2012 : Eleonora

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2012, with classic sailing schooner, Eleonora beating towards Hurst Castle

One of the great classic sailing schooners, Eleonora, beating upwind towards Hurst Castle in almost full sail.

They had lost one of their top sails and if you look closely there is a crew member up the fore-mast gathering in the damaged sail.

A beautiful yacht but stunning in full sail like this, with the light above and behind her, reflecting off the sails. I always feel that these classic yachts look so much better portrayed in the sepia print style of old.
Sailing Photography : Round the Island Race 2012
30th June 2012 - 0 comments
Sailing Photography
J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Round the Island Race 2012

The masses start arriving at Hurst Castle in this years Round the Island Race 2012

A breezy day last Saturday as the 1600 or boats started off from Cowes, ran down to the Needles and headed off East on their round then island journey. The SW winds making the first leg a beat down towards Hurst Castle, with the sun, when it was out, behind the yachts back-lighting the sails.

Many stories to share form the day, like getting smacked by a wave as I snuck round the back of the castle, only to be followed by a close friend who was basically under the wave as it crashed over her head. Not good timing on either of our parts, but made for an exciting start to the day. All cameras were well protected and didn't get wet thankfully.

We dried off in the sun and wind as the crowds gathered to watch the spectacle from the castle grounds.

1600 yachts passing by in full sail, or almost, was a truly awe inspiring sight. As a Yacht Skipper I was green with envy watching the boats pass by, wishing I was out on the water taking part. It was a lively day, with F5-6 winds and there were a few knocks and close encounters, but mostly a great days sailing.

I took many images during the 2-3 hours, many with a 2X converter on the Nikon 70-200 F2.8. Speed was essential to try and get crisp, sharp images, so F5.6 and ISO400 were the usual settings.

ICAP Leopard was the first to arrive down at Hurst Castle with quite a lead at this stage, although she finally finished 7th.

ICAP Leopard beating towards Hurst Castle in this years Round the Island Race 2012

ICAP Leopard passing Hurst Castle in this years Round the Island Race 2012

The two Multi 50 trimarans of Actual and Prince de Bretagne were racing side by side as they passed us at Hurst. Prince de Bretagne went on to cross the finishing line first, with a time of 3:09:57 which after correct gave her 1st place honours. Actual finished in 3:17:35 and finished in 2nd place overall.

Eventual Race Winner Prince de Bretagne and 2nd placed Actual fight it out as they pass Hurst Castle in this years Round the Island Race 2012

One of the group of classic sailing yachts, Coral, came past us with her sail back light looking amazing under full sail and she gracefully sailed by.

One of the group of classic sailing schooners, Coral passes by Hurst Castle, back lit, in this years Round the Island Race 2012

Another of the great classics, Eleonora, sailing in all her splendour down towards the Needles.

One of the group of classic sailing schooners, Eleonora sails towards the Needles Lighthouse in this years Round the Island Race 2012

The last starts were at 8.40am so after an hour or two the masses were working their way down to the Castle and round the Needles Lighthouse, which led to the amazing sight of nothing but sails down towards the Needles.

The masses of yachts sail down towards the Needles Lighthouse in this years Round the Island Race 2012
Weymouth & Portland Coastguard Helicopter Rescue
23rd June 2012 - 0 comments
Weymouth & Portland Coastguard Helicopter Rescue

Weymouth & Portland Coastguard carry out a rescuce under the Cerne Abbas Giant

It was one of those times today when I was in the right place at the right time. I was out driving the area looking for poppies/flowers to photograph when I noticed the Coastguard helicopter hovering over Cerne Abbas. I presumed there must be a village fete on, with them doing a demonstration of rescue techniques, so I headed down to the viewing area to see what was happening.

As I arrived, it was obvious they were conducting a rescue so I stopped and watched as they lifted an elderly woman from the base of the Giants footpath.

The Weymouth & Portland Helicopter Rescue do a fantastic job and I have always felt they sometimes don''t get the PR they deserve. They are a fabulous group who always seem to be short of funding and their service under threat. Its times likes these when we realise just how amazing they are, how much their service is needed and how we would all miss them if they weren''t available.

After lifting the injured lady, who had been on a 3 hour walk and was 5 minutes from finishing the trip around the valley when she fell and broke her ankle, they landed nearby to transfer her to a waiting ambulance who whisked her off to the local hospital.

Hats off to the Coastguard. Well done guys. It may business as usual to them, but for one, I''m glad we have them to call on.

Weymouth & Portland Coastguard carry out a rescuce under the Cerne Abbas Giant

Weymouth & Portland Coastguard carry out a rescuce under the Cerne Abbas Giant

Weymouth & Portland Coastguard carry out a rescuce under the Cerne Abbas Giant

Weymouth & Portland Coastguard carry out a rescuce under the Cerne Abbas Giant

Weymouth & Portland Coastguard carry out a rescuce under the Cerne Abbas Giant