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Graham Cherrett 
Senior Foreshore Inspector

Graham has stopped his weekly postings, but you can still read his stories here ...

About Graham:

Graham Cherrett, Senior Foreshore Inspector

Graham has been the senior foreshore Inspector since 2010 having been employed as a Safety Boat handler for Adur & Worthing Councils from 2007.

Graham says his job is the perfect mix of his hobbies of boat handling and diving (something he has done for 40 years), but finds being a retired police officer also helps.

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You can read Graham's archived 2017 blog posts on this page below:


14th November 2017: Remembering the fallen and saluting the bravery of our lifeboat crews

It never ceases to impress me how well attended and observed the Remembrance silences are in Worthing.

At the beach office we fired off the maroons to let people know that it was the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

We observed the two minutes silence on the 11th and right along the prom as far as you could see others were stopping and remembering too.

It was a very moving sight which was followed by the Armistice Day Ceremony outside Worthing Town Hall on the next day which was also well attended as it is every year.

This time of year is the quietest on the Foreshore with only the normal and usual activities like the Park Run along the prom. The Patrols of the seafront will continue throughout the winter either on the red ATVs or the Green Polaris Ranger or on foot so give them a wave if you see them.

I've been catching up on a little reading and particular the story of the wrecking of the barque (a sailing vessel) Ophir as written by Freddie Feest on the Worthing History website.

It reminds you how many boats were wrecked off our coast and also how brave were the Lifeboatmen who gallantly rowed or sailed out to stricken vessels in the day.

The write-up on the end of the Norwegian vessel Ophir in 1896 is a dramatic and exciting read.

The bravery of the rescuers is simply staggering and awe-inspiring as they saved all of the crew. I recommend you read Mr Feest's account to appreciate the heroism of all involved.

The whole ship was later auctioned off for the princely sum of £34.00 while it was still on the beach and Ophir Road on the seafront in East Worthing is named after the vessel!

In fact a game to play on a winter's night might be to discover how many roads in the town are named after ships wrecked off our coast. There's more than you think!

See also: Heroes of Worthing's lifeboat - on the Worthing History website

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7th November 2017: Our pier stands the test of time

Hi I am back this week after having a little break from the world of Blog.

I am very pleased to say that the fireworks went with a bang and the fair was extremely well attended with the tide of light bringing in a superb crowd.

So a big thanks to the Worthing Lions and of course to Selstar who provide the fireworks display and of course our magnificent pier which again has stood up for itself and come away unscathed from the display and also managed to beat off storm Brian a couple of weeks ago.

Talking of Storm Brian the latest score with the amount of Portuguese-Man-o'War was not as many as I expected but we had a total of 9 of the creatures (Latin name Physalia physalis) reported to, or found by the foreshore office staff, and no reports of any stings.

Please keep a look out for them and if you see seen please let us know at the foreshore office.

As I mentioned in my last blog I now have the 2018 tidal cards available at my office on the seafront and I can report no big tides for the first quarter of the year but there is some 6.5 plus tides forecast for later on in the year.
For now all the storm boards are on place and the beach has its winter grading.

The Pier is having a lick of paint to help protect it from the ravages of winter so please bear in mind there may be some wet paint about.

A bit short this week but now winter is about to make its appearance it get a bit slower down here on the seafront. Keep wrapped up but remember a winter walk along our seafront cannot be beaten.

See also: Worthing Pier

Photo: Worthing Pier

Worthing Pier - pic2

Photo used with permission: Copyright © 2012 Victoria JK Lamburn

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31st October 2017: In the dead of the night...

This week we've handed the Foreshore blog spot over to the amazing team at Shoreham RNLI. 

Imagine it is 3am and you are in a deep sleep but somewhere in the foggy depths of your slumber, you can hear a persistent beeping rousing you awake.

Then you are out of bed, scrambling around for your clothes, and out of the door with just four minutes to get to the lifeboat station and launch the lifeboat.

It maybe the dead of night but someone out at sea or on the river needs your help.

This is the role of an RNLI lifeboat volunteer who is on call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and will respond... whatever the time or weather conditions.

Now imagine you are that person struggling in the water – what started out as a fun day out on a boat or at the beach has now turned into a nightmare.

The waves are crashing over your head and pulling you under, your life is flashing before you. You are gasping for breath but suddenly you see a boat speeding towards you and feel yourself being pulled from the water. The lifeboat crew have just saved your life.

You won't know the man or woman who has risked their life to save yours. But you will be overcome with relief that they did.

When you mention the RNLI, most people know what you are talking about but the majority do not realise its crew and helpers are volunteers. 

These volunteers are the lifeblood of the RNLI. Without their selfless dedication and effort the lifeboats would not be launched, in fact entire stations would not function.

Unlike the other emergency services, the RNLI is a charity and its crews and helpers offer their time for nothing. It receives no government funding and relies on donations, legacies and fund-raising.

For more than 152 years the crews of Shoreham lifeboat station have rescued hundreds of people from treacherous seas and unpredictable tides.

And to continue that tradition, the RNLI built Shoreham a state of the art lifeboat station to house its £2million Tamar-class all weather lifeboat seven years ago.

The sea, however in its worst mood, is still capable of testing the skill, nerve and stamina of a modern lifeboat coxswain and his crew to just the same extent as it did the man at the helm of an open pulling lifeboat years ago.

The problem of putting your boat alongside another wallowing or stranded vessel is as frightening a challenge as it ever was.

The determination and strength required by a crew to pull survivors from the railings of their doomed ship has been a constant requirement throughout the centuries. No one has ever become rich out of volunteering for the lifeboat.

In fact, nowadays, where time is money, crew members afford long hours to train and exercise as well as to be available when the call comes. Whatever the motivation, be it a sense of duty, of tradition, of belonging to a team where winning is saving someone's life, there is still no shortage of men and women keen to join their local lifeboat station.

Find out more about the Shoreham Harbour Lifeboats here: www.shorehamlifeboat.co.uk

Photo: Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station at night

2017-10-31 - Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station at night

Photo: Shoreham all weather and inshore lifeboats

2017-10-31 - Shoreham all weather and inshore lifeboats

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This week we’ve handed the Foreshore blog spot over to the amazing team at Shoreham RNLI.

 

Imagine it is 3am and you are in a deep sleep but somewhere in the foggy depths of your slumber, you can hear a persistent beeping rousing you awake.

 

Then you are out of bed, scrambling around for your clothes, and out of the door with just four minutes to get to the lifeboat station and launch the lifeboat.

 

It maybe the dead of night but someone out at sea or on the river needs your help.

 

This is the role of an RNLI lifeboat volunteer who is on call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and will respond... whatever the time or weather conditions.

 

Now imagine you are that person struggling in the water – what started out as a fun day out on a boat or at the beach has now turned into a nightmare.

 

The waves are crashing over your head and pulling you under, your life is flashing before you. You are gasping for breath but suddenly you see a boat speeding towards you and feel yourself being pulled from the water. The lifeboat crew have just saved your life.

 

You won’t know the man or woman who has risked their life to save yours. But you will be overcome with relief that they did.

 

When you mention the RNLI, most people know what you are talking about but the majority do not realise its crew and helpers are volunteers.

 

These volunteers are the lifeblood of the RNLI. Without their selfless dedication and effort the lifeboats would not be launched, in fact entire stations would not function.

 

Unlike the other emergency services, the RNLI is a charity and its crews and helpers offer their time for nothing. It receives no government funding and relies on donations, legacies and fund-raising.

 

For more than 152 years the crews of Shoreham lifeboat station have rescued hundreds of people from treacherous seas and unpredictable tides.

 

And to continue that tradition, the RNLI built Shoreham a state of the art lifeboat station to house its £2million Tamar-class all weather lifeboat seven years ago.

 

The sea, however in its worst mood, is still capable of testing the skill, nerve and stamina of a modern lifeboat coxswain and his crew to just the same extent as it did the man at the helm of an open pulling lifeboat years ago.

 

The problem of putting your boat alongside another wallowing or stranded vessel is as frightening a challenge as it ever was.

 

The determination and strength required by a crew to pull survivors from the railings of their doomed ship has been a constant requirement throughout the centuries. No one has ever become rich out of volunteering for the lifeboat.

 

In fact, nowadays, where time is money, crew members afford long hours to train and exercise as well as to be available when the call comes. Whatever the motivation, be it a sense of duty, of tradition, of belonging to a team where winning is saving someone’s life, there is still no shortage of men and women keen to join their local lifeboat station.

 

Find out more about the Shoreham Harbour Lifeboats here: http://www.shorehamlifeboat.co.uk/

 


24th October 2017: High winds, a closed pier and a visitor in distress

Hi,

Well a bit of a windy weekend of especially on Saturday when I had to close the pier not only because of the high wave action but also because of the high winds, top speed, as I write this was recorded at 52.9mph.

With waves crashing through the landing stage 2 hours before high water, the tide was registered as 6.3m with 0.5m surge expected, which caused quite a serious amount over topping.

That's when the waves come over the top of the beach and not when the waves wash the beach away. That is classed a breach.

Pleased to say our cleansing department was straight on it getting the washed debris removed and started on the removal of the shingle from the prom adjacent to the Old Splash Point straight away. I had the Inspectors check over the Pier before opening on Sunday just to make sure that all was well.

Don't forget we have fireworks on November the 5th on the Pier and Bill Coles fun fair on the prom. He will be setting up from the 2nd of November and will be open on the 4th and 5th but should be all gone by the 6th.

Had an unusual sea bird turn up in need of a bit a care and attention I am informed it was a Skua, about the size of a heron Gull but brown in colour. We couldn't see what its problem was so it was taken by one of the Inspectors directly to Grove Lodge vets.

I've been told the Skua has been described as a 'pirate of the seas', deliberately harassing birds as large as gannets to steal a free meal. It also kills and eats smaller birds such as puffins. They show little fear of humans - anybody getting close to the nest will be repeatedly dive-bombed by the angry adult. These birds migrate to the northernmost isles of the UK from their wintering grounds off the coasts of Spain and Africa. At a distance they look stout and dark and show white wing flashes in flight.

Just one of the many visitors from the human and animal kingdoms that show up on our ever fascinating and sometimes storm-tossed seafront.

Photo: Clearing stones from the beach off the cycle way and pavement just east of Splashpoint Leisure Centre

2017-10-24 - Clearing stones from the beach off the cycle way and pavement just east of Splashpoint Leisure Centre

Photo: Shingle from the beach all over Worthing prom adjacent to Splash Point that had to be cleared

2017-10-24 - Shingle from the beach all over Worthing prom adjacent to Splash Point that had to be cleared

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17th October 2017: Back from hols and the Man-O-War are in town

I had a brill time on leave but now I am back in my office looking out to sea, I am sorry to say that the Pier looks a little less attractive without its colourful flags, but they will be back next spring.

The grading has now been completed and the shingle banked up to protect from any storms or surges, and the storm boards are in place outside my office.

We have had some reasonable weather and people are still enjoying walking along the prom and Pier, and dog walkers are making the most of the derestricted beaches, but still not seen any horses yet!

The good ship Erica has finally retrieved all the borough marker and zone buoys and should by now have then cleaned and checked over ready for next year.

This time of year we still have several sponsored events on the prom.

The Cancer Research Race for Life want to increase the distance and have a 10k run as well as the 5k, but this is still in the pipeline as no decision has been made as we do seem to be having a generous amount of races along the front which seem to be popular and well attended.

Warning, following the Storm over the weekend please be aware that there may be lots of debris on the beach and among it may be some Portuguese Man-O-War jelly fish, these can give a nasty sting so be aware.

I have attached pictures of the most common but others do wash up.

Best treatment according to NHS web site is to gently brush away any tentacles, wash with seawater, when home soak in hot water, pain should last for 20 mins or so, painkillers if required any breathing difficulties seek medical advices via 111 or 999 for further treatment.

If you do see any please contact the beach office and we will collect and dispose of.

Photos: Portuguese Man-O-War on Shoreham beach near Shoreham Port - Copyright © Sophie Cook (on Twitter)

2017-10-17 - Portuguese Man-O-War on Shoreham beach near Shoreham Port - Copyright Sophie Cook

Photos: Portuguese Man-O-War (Physalia physalis) images from Wikipedia (usage rights apply - see below pics)

2017-10-17 - Portuguese Man-O-War images from Wikipedia - usage rights apply

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10th October 2017: All at sea

As the days get shorter so too do my weekly blogs it seems...

Thankfully, autumn so far has been quite kind to us. As I sit in my office gazing out over a calm sea with the sun shining, my attention is drawn to a tug boat towing a rig of sorts.

Last time I look up only two hours ago was it steaming to the west, now it is steaming to the east!

In the past, I may have had to stare at the ship through some very powerful binoculars to detect what it was and where it was going. But, in these modern times, we have access to all sorts of computerised technology. This includes the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which is an automatic tracking system used on ships which allows us to monitor what they are and where they are going - clever stuff!

Looking on the AIS on the computer showed me that it is a dredger under tow to Shoreham being pulled by a tug called Husky. I'll be honest, it looks more like a jack up rig than a dredger - so it's a good job I wasn't relying on the binoculars...

Some of you may be surprised to see the amount of traffic on the satellite that we get off our coast on a regular basis. This is obviously increased with the work going on around the Rampion wind farm and its support vessels. With work nearly complete, things should settle down in the new year.

Back on shore, the next big event on the seafront will be the firework display on the 5th of November (remember, remember!). There will also be a fair but this time it will only be here for a few days arriving on second for the set up and then off again on the sixth.

Let's hope the rain stays away until then, if only so we can those boats off the coast...

Photo: Screenshot from the Automatic Identification System (AIS) showing boats in the English Channel

2017-10-10 - screenshot from the Automatic Identification System (AIS) showing boats in the English Channel

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3rd October 2017: Winter is coming...

Well, sorry to start my weekly blog like this, but winter is coming. For us all that means the evenings are starting to draw in - but it also means a change of emphasis here at the foreshore.

My summer staff have now all left the beach office and moved on to other things for the off-season, whether it's employment elsewhere or back to university.

For those of us that are left it means that we have to move on to other activities.

The main immediate task is the winter profiling of the beach, which is well underway (and may be even completed by the time you read this).

This is basically a survey looking at how the contours of the shoreline have changed.

We profile the beach twice a year, mainly to protect it from over-topping from big waves during any winter storms. Storms can hit us at any time so it is best to be ready rather that resting our laurels while we're sat on our thrones waiting.

It can also be a concern at times of high tides. I am pleased to say that there are no extra high tides forecast according to the charts we have for 2018. I know a few people are always asking me for details on this and we have the 2018 versions available from the beach office for a 40p donation to the RNLI.

On a happier note as I sit here in my office I am arranging to get the boats and ski's 'winterised', which means draining the fuel and making sure they will all be reliable for next summer. The building will get a good clean inside and out the tractor will go off to our depot in Commerce Way for winter storage.

I will also be calling in the help of Erica, the Littlehampton Harbour Boards boat, to collect in and store the marker buoys she placed out in May. If you see her travelling along the coast, do give her a wave ...

We will also be taking down most of our beach flags in the next few days. It's useful to have a few up so we are able to see the wind and where it is coming from.

One more point on the dog restriction zone, which I know you're always keen to hear about ... That restriction comes to an end on September 30th. So to all dog walkers enjoy the freedom... just watch out for horses!!

Photo: Erica, the Littlehampton Harbour Boards boat

2017-10-03 - Erica, the Littlehampton Harbour Boards boat

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26th September 2017: From beach rescue to bird rescue...

Hello again from the beach office for my weekly blog.

I thought last week would be my last time in writing. But it seems like I've been doing such a good job that I've been asked to continue for another few weeks - now the summer is over I hope I can find enough to keep you informed and interested for the future.

While the sun and human visitors to the beach may have disappeared, there's still plenty to do. One of things that keeps us busy this time of year is the rescue or recovery of injured birds. It's mainly seagulls but the occasional pigeon that thinks it a duck needs rescuing from the sea.

On this particular day we had a call from a concerned member of the public that a seagull had an injured leg just opposite the Warnes Complex on the seafront.

I attended with my collection box supplied by Worthing-based WADARS to find a rather angry young seagull with a fishing hook embedded in its beak, which was still attached to a fishing line and weight. Luckily the bird's legs were fine. I managed to control the gull and place it in the box before returning to my office where I contacted WADARS who duly sent along one of the staff.

When Billy arrived very shortly after he was able to remove the hook and I am pleased to say the bird was released immediately (leaving a small deposit on the launch ramp as it left...)

This last weekend we have had two litter picks on the beach, one to the east and one to the west. The beach office was tasked with taking the equipment needed to each search area, the results of what was picked will be sent to the Marine Conservation society for statistical purposes.

You may not think it, but a LOT of rubbish gets left out there, as you can see from a few examples of the recyclable items collected from the Pier to Splashpoint Leisure Centre area.

It serves a good reminder to us all that when visiting the beach you should take your litter home - otherwise you could be harming other people and animals...

Photo: Some of what was picked up on the litter pick on the beach

2017-09-26 - Some of what was picked up on the litter pick on the beach

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19th September 2017: Strong winds, rough seas and witchcraft

Hello from the beach office.

The summer season is quickly drawing to a close and as I write this it is feels more like a winter's day, the sea is extremely rough with 3-4 metre high waves crashing on the beach just a few feet from my window.

I am told I have the best view of any council office in the borough but I think Highdown Gardens is a close second.

Though things are quieting down now we're still experiencing some unusual happenings on the foreshore. We are often contacted by religious groups wanting to carry out ceremonies of some type on the foreshore, past events have included a ceremony to honour to the Hindu God Ganesh and baptisms in the sea.

However, this week an incident got our alarm bells ringing as the smell of burning emanating from the west side of the Lido drifted into the office and on investigating it transpired to be a man cleansing himself of witchcraft with smoke!

The first sea swim event took place last weekend but it unfortunately had to be cut short owing to the strong winds that came along and coincided with the race. I am pleased to say that all those who started were accounted for, although there was disappointment in the air as the large sea swells meant that many swimmers were unable to finish. As far as I am concerned they were all extremely brave to even take part in those conditions!

Following the race we ourselves were subject to a battering from the waves. As we were putting the safety boat back on the trailer a large wave hit it from the stern and promptly placed it on the beach the wrong side of the trailer. After some realignment everything was back the right place so all was well but a welcome reminder that sea is very unforgiving at times.

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Photo: A welcoming hand from our safety boat

2017-09-19 - A welcoming hand from the safety boat

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12th September 2017: A colourful catch off Worthing beach

Hello again from the beach office for my weekly take on what's been going on down on the seafront.

As the summer draws to an end and the nights start to draw in, a remarkable thing happens on the foreshore - people disappear! (at least until the sun comes out again)

Come rain or shine though, I would like to remind you all that the foreshore is still here, ready to serve anyone that needs our support.

One area that many people do not realise that falls under our remit is Worthing Pier. The Victorian attraction is open year round and is free for anyone to go and have a stroll on it. There's plenty to do on there too, such as the coffee shop, the amusements and the Southern Pavilion Café, not to mention a number of kiosks who sell a range of ice creams all and hot and cold drinks.

For me, there's nothing better than walking on the prom and stopping for a coffee in one of the many outlets when it is a bit chilly.

It's also a good spot to sit and watch the many fishermen who pitch up on the pier (although we do have to remind them of the by-laws every now and again).

I am reliably informed that the fishing on the pier is picking up with some fairly big rays being caught. For anyone that does go down there please remember to put back any undersized fish and dispose of any rubbish in the bins supplied.

2017-09-12 - rare yellow Hippocampus (seahorse)

I've not been fishing yet but I did make a catch of my own, discovering a rare yellow Hippocampus (that's seahorse, to most of you) on the beach. Sadly it was lacking in life.

I know this maybe a sensitive point, and I apologise for bringing it up again, but the dogs on the beach flags are causing some confusion. Those ones at the east of the pier do state “Heene Road to Splash Point”. To explain to those of you are not sure, the Splash Point referred to is the old Splash Point at the end of the Beach Parade opposite the Rowing Club and not the new Splashpoint Leisure Centre. I hope this clears up any confusion.

As things are slowing down I am taking a few days off and going to Spain to tour around the Spanish Mountains on old English Motorbikes far away from any seaside or beaches. Don't worry though, I will be back to keep you abreast of what is happening or happened on the foreshore very soon!

Photo: Worthing Pier, beach and seafront - aerial photo

2017-09-12 - Worthing Pier, beach and seafront - aerial photo

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5th September 2017: Our Jet Ski rescues swimmer, a lost child drama and dogs on the beach ... again

2017-09-05 - Red and white stripey deckchair on Worthing Beach

Hi from the Beach Office.

The good weather seems to have gone for now but I hope it will be back soon.

Yet as the season is coming to a close we are still quite busy down here.

In the last week we have dealt with:

A lost child, thankfully returned to mum very quickly. We understand the panic that sets in when this happens, as it can so easily, so we were delighted it ended quickly.

Not surprisingly we are still getting numerous enquiries regarding the area dogs are allowed on the beach. This one was a big issue on a previous blog with arguments ranging in the comments section of our Facebook page. I think the number of dog owners themselves supportive of this rule was actually quite heartening because it clearly is not an anti-dog policy.

We also assisted the Police with a missing person search which ended in a happy outcome.

Meanwhile I have had two staff on Power Boat Instructor's Course.

We've also been moved shingle from the prom back onto the beach and followed up two reports of fires under the pier.

Plus I have two staff leave at the end of August as their seasonal contract expired.

Not nice to say but the bad sea state does give us a bit of time to carry out repairs to the equipment that has been caused during the summer.

RYA - Personal Watercraft course

But we have still been able to assist with a broken down boat off Sea Lane, Goring, by towing it to the Goring launch ramp to be recovered, then immediately went to assist a swimmer near the Dome shelter on the sea front - this time they were recovered using the Jet Ski, so the boats have earned their keep this month.

Photo: Worthing Pier and Beach

2017-09-05 - Worthing Pier and Beach

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29th August 2017: All at sea ...

Well what a fine bank holiday it was for everyone - and that includes us in the beach office.

With the sun shining, the sea warm and thousands of people enjoying the coast, there really is no better place to be.

It's odd then for me to write that up until Saturday the week had been quite uneventful, owing to the weather being rather inclement.

There was only one reason to launch the safety boats from our office and that was to a black and yellow inflatable dinghy with two young persons on board. They were heading out to sea in less than favourable conditions and were using sand spades for paddles and no life jackets.

When we caught up with them they were obviously advised to return to shore and the safety boat remained close by until they were safely on dry land.

I know they didn’t mean to cause any problems. But we ourselves received a number of walk-in reports of them as well as one call from the coastguards asking us to assist.

It does show that ordinary members of the public are keeping a watchful eye on persons in the sea and are willing to report it the incident to the appropriate people to deal.

My people are only to happy to get on the water to help people - otherwise they dry out!

When there is an emergency it is vital that we are fully-trained and prepared to do what we can to support people, which is why we patrol so often.

2017-08-29 - Daniel Fairman

This past week I'm pleased to sat we were able to welcome Daniel, from the councils' communications team, to take some pictures of our area - which stretches from Goring down to the Church of Good Shepherd in Shoreham - from the sea.

Maybe it could be mistaken for the Med? Perhaps not, but it is still a very pleasant place to be on a fine day.

2017-08-29 - Lancing Beach

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22nd August 2017: Kite boarders and cable ties

Hello and welcome back to your weekly dose of news from the seafront.

Well, the weather hasn't been that good for the fair and prom entertainment. Out at sea though we have been busy as the safety boats have been involved in a few incidents, mainly with those who prefer to use the wind as a power source rather than an engine.

On the east side of our area we had a report of seven kite boarders in difficulty, caused by a squall going through which caused the wind to dramatically change direction. This caught them out, but I'm pleased to say they all made it ashore as their training and experience does teach them how to self rescue.

Then, while this was happening, we had a call to another wind powered sea-goer in difficulties off Goring. Again I'm pleased to say they got ashore safe and well.

During both of these incidents we had a landside unit on the shore so we had “eyes on” throughout while the boat and rescue ski were on standby waiting to go if they were needed.

On a different subject I am getting people handing used zip/cable ties to me after they have been discarded on the beach and foreshore. The attached picture is just a fraction of what has been found. Mess like this is clearly a nuisance and a pollutant to our beach, so if you see a large amount please let the beach office know.

For those of wanting to know what the next week will hold, the weather appears to be getting cooler. But the long range forecast predicts that September will be hotter that average so if coming to the beach don't forget your sun screen.

Photo: used cable ties discarded on the beach and foreshore that have been handed in to the beach office

2017-08-22 - used cable ties discarded on the beach and foreshore that have been handed in to the beach office

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15th August 2017: The pursuit of blue flag status

Being on the foreshore and dealing with the coast on a daily basis can be a perilous business. We saw that fact become reality in the last week or so with the sad news about the fishermen operating out of Shoreham.

Three people died when a small boat was reportedly hit by another larger vessel.

My patrol staff are still checking the foreshore and will be doing so for a few more days for any indication of the tragedy coming ashore, and our condolences go to their relatives.

Back on shore, attention has been fixed on the fair, which was being packed away yesterday (14th August). It will leave to make way for our next seafront event - the Rotary Club Carnival and Continental Summer village on the prom from the 15th of August until the 28th of the month. I hope the weather holds out for these events.

Sunday also saw a boat jumble for charity on the promenade. This is always well attended and makes a good contribution to the charity in question. It's good to be able to support events like this which give something back to where we live.

Those of you who have managed to make it to the beach may have noticed our new dog flags on the beach. They have been received with mixed views, to such an extent that one went missing within two hours of it being placed out in the morning. But miracles do happen as it turned up the next morning a bit battered but still useable - so, in response to this, I have ordered two more!

We will also be making early morning and late evening patrols to dissuade dog walkers from using the area designated a dog free zone. Again we have been received with mixed reviews but the reasoning behind these patrols is to bring our beach’s up to blue flag status. It is hoped this will bring more visitors to the town from which we will all benefit.

For those moaning about not being able to walk their dogs in certain areas, it's worth remembering that we have approximately seven miles of coastline in our borough and only approximately 0.75 of a mile is designated no dogs.

So remember, the ban is in force on the area between the two launch ramps at Goring and from Heene Road to the old Splash Point. This is in force from the 1st of May to the 30th of September inclusive.

Photo: Member of the foreshore team with one of the no dogs on beaches flags

2017-08-15 - member of the foreshore team with one of the no dogs on beaches flags

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8th August 2017: Solving a floating mystery

Welcome back to my blog for another week.

Even in the far from summery conditions of the past week, the beach team have been out and about doing their regular patrols along the ten mile stretch of coast in Adur and Worthing.

With the high winds and rough seas we've been having, there's been lots of things that have come in on the tide which my team have been recovering.

Here's a question for you though - what's the difference between flotsam and jetsam?

Well, according to the trusty source of Google, flotsam is debris in the water that was not deliberately thrown overboard, often as a result from a shipwreck or accident. The word comes from the French word floter, which means to float.

Jetsam, on the other hand, is a shortened word for jettison and describes debris that was deliberately thrown overboard by a crew of a ship in distress, most often to lighten the ship's load.

The easy way to remember the difference is that flotsam can be classed as something that has accidentally come off a vessel and jetsam is items purposely thrown from a vessel.

There are two more words to describe items you may come across. These are lagan, which are goods thrown into the sea with a buoy attached so that they may be found again.

And of course you have wreckage, which is defined as the remains of a ship that has been wrecked, or destroyed at sea, whether it be sunken or floating on the surface of the water.

There are several wrecks off Worthing, the most famous being the Indiana which is remembered every year with the orange and lemon flingathon.

The Ice Prince, although not actually wrecked off Worthing, did leave a considerable amount of wood on the beach in 2008.

And of course there was the sad event of Lancaster bomber crashing on the beach not far east of Heene Road when all the crew perished. These are commemorated by a plaque on the pier and the crew have roads and closes named after them on a Durrington estate, Squadron Drive.

On a more cheery note the fair is on the promenade until the 13th August 2017 with a boat jumble also on the same day.

Also keep a look out for a new vehicle we have acquired on loan. It is big and red and a bit draughty as it has no cab or windscreen. That's because the green Polaris Ranger has broken its drive belt which means it won't go anywhere without it being towed. So it was the AA to the rescue to make sure we go it back to base...

Photo: Green Polaris Ranger being towed by the AA on Worthing sea front

2017-08-08 - green Polaris Ranger broken down

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1st August 2017: Fairground rides and fishing laws

Well once again it's been a busy week for the team down at the foreshore office.

Not far from where we based in Worthing seafront, some of you will have seen that the fair is now set up and running. It will be with us until August the 12th and I'm sure some of you will be wanting to try out the rides..

For my team though our role is a little different. A mishap occurred on one of the rides with a passenger getting stuck fifty feet in the air. It was brought down to earth safely and the ride has now gone for a safety check.

Talking of safety, the safety boats have been patrolling the coast and the ATV, quad bikes patrolling on the land with no reported incidents for them to attend

The coastguard and the RNLI have been quite busy with reports of swimmers in difficulties early in the morning and kayakers with a problem late at night.

The missing swimmer did cause a big call out with the search and rescue helicopter attending from Lee-on-Solent which landed at the Goring Greensward. I am pleased to say the swimmer was located safe and well. Turns out he was practising for a long distance swim, but the helicopter did cause a Goring resident to phone my office and make a complaint regarding the noise!

Onto more relaxing topics and I do believe, but can't confirm, that some good size fish have been caught off the pier, so this may be a timely reminder of the conditions of fishing off the pier.

Make sure you fish in designated zones with a maximum of two rods. There's to be no overhead casting. And please do not leave any waste (this includes any seaweed caught). Additionally we ask that cycles are left at the pier entrance and dogs are kept on a lead.

On the subject of dogs, you may have noticed four new signs placed at strategic points along the beach warning people of the no dogs on the beach policy. I am sorry to say that some clever person has taken offence at these and thrown one into the sea. It was recovered and is still useable.

And for those you wanting to know the answer of what the signal flags on the top of the pier mean, I can reveal they spell...

2017-08-01 - the signal flags on the top of Worthing pier spell W O R T H I N G - Worthing

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25th July 2017: Flag flying high above the beach office

Hello again and than you for reading my third blog regarding the beach office.

The rather summery weather we have been experiencing over the last few weeks has bought people flocking to the beach.

It is a grand sight watching people enjoying themselves rock pooling and enjoying the warm sea. I do hope it continues.

If you are down this way at any point and passing the beach office near Worthing Lido do look up and you will see the quality beach award flag is flying proudly from my office on the seafront.

At the moment, we are all working hard to make sure that becomes a blue flag for next year, fingers crossed.

Summer brings lots of visitors to the seafront.

We have had several visits from local schools this part of the season.

Before the summer holidays, we give them children one of our sea safety talks and videos to make them aware of the dangers that could be associated with the sea. Once we're done, we then get them to climb over the boats and have some photos taken for the school.

On a more serious note, we've been busy out at sea in the last few weeks.

My team assisted with the triathlon earlier this month with our two rigid hulled inflatable boats out on the ocean. There were a smaller number of competitors than last year when we recovered 13 of them who, for one reason or another, found it hard going. I'm pleased to report that only three needed assistance this year.

During this, one of our boats got damaged. It was only minor but it has already been repaired so we are still able to respond if required.

We have also given safety cover on the land for the beat the tide race along east beach using our Polaris UTV.

I'll sign off this week with a challenge - can anyone when tell me what the signal flags on the pier mean? The answer will be on my next blog...

2017-07-25 - Flag flying high above the beach office

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18th July 2017: Moby Dig, machetes and minor first aid

Hello again.

Summer is here so every week is a busy one down at Adur & Worthing Councils' beach office.

We are now fully staffed for the summer and patrols are carried out for the full nine miles that we cover on land and on sea.

This week has been another busy and varied week for all the team. I am sorry to say that we have assisted the police with one fatality on the beach at Goring, helped a person with a broken down mobility scooter, plus many other routine run of the mill incidents that get reported to our office near Worthing Lido.

We also dealt with several minor first aids from stubbed toes to persons feeling faint - oh, and a few naked sunbathers too!

We have also received several well meaning reports of people in difficulty in the sea. I am pleased to say, while we were on the scene, our intervention was not required,

Another update is that Moby Dig - the digger being used by E.ON in construction of the wind farm which got stranded - has now gone. It looked very sad and small on the barge as it sailed away towards Southampton eventually going to Holland for a refit, or scrapping. It was a time consuming operation led by E.On but went without a hitch.

2017-07-18 - Moby Dig

Teams also made a discovery under Worthing pier, finding a rather large machete. Judging by the rust and delamination of the metal it had been there for some time.

2017-07-18 - recovered machete

On the subject of items being found, if you do lose something on the beach, do let us know. We do hold found property at the office and are always happy to reunite people with their items. Call us on 01903 238977.

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11th July 2017: My office is on the beach

Hi. I'm Graham Cherrett, the Senior Foreshore Inspector for Worthing Borough Council.

Beach Office 200 x 150

My office is on the beach, next to the Lido. At this time of year I have a team of eight but this drops to four during the winter months.

The Beach Office patrols some nine miles of coast in the summer and approximately seven miles in the winter.

We provide a foreshore service for Worthing throughout the year. This includes being on hand for information and giving first aid. We are all qualified first aiders as well as qualified boat handlers/instructors.

We also run a safety boat service for Worthing and Lancing seafronts from May to September. You may have seen our quad bikes (ATVs) patrolling the shoreline and beach or even the two bright orange safety boats at sea.

RYA - Personal Watercraft course

In addition, we have a jet ski to catch and advise errant jet ski riders who are not complying with the inshore speed limit, which is 8 knots.

The Beach Office is an additional facility of Her Majesty's Coastguard and we have direct radio contact with the Dover or Solent Coastguard Stations, so we help if the Coastguard needs our assistance.

We deal with many things on the seafront - good, bad and sad - and I'll tell you more about some of them over the next few weeks.

In the past, these have included snakes (a 14ft python, sadly dead; and a grass snake, alive, captured and released) and a 200lb turtle, again sadly dead, but it could have been saved if we had known about it earlier.

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