What we do…


SARA is an Inshore Rescue boat and Land Search organisation
covering the Severn Estuary and the surrounding area

Tasked by HM Coastguard, Fire & Rescue, Police and Ambulance services across its
operational area to provide Search and Rescue services 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Inshore Lifeboats



Land Search / Rope Rescue

Land Search

Our Lifeboats are tasked by the coastguard to incidents in and around the Severn Estuary, or by Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue Services to the rivers Severn, Avon, Wye, Monnow, Ebbw, Bristol Avon and Usk. SARA also operate inland rescue boats.   SARA has trained Search Technicians that are often deployed on search and rescue operations, usually to search for missing persons. SARA is a member of Mountain Rescue England & Wales and provides rope rescue capabilities.

Swiftwater Rescue

Swiftwater Rescue


Flooding Support

Flooding Support

SARA have a large number of Water Rescue Technicians, these crew specialise in the rescue of endangered persons from fast moving and flood water incidents.   The work undertaken by SARA during the 2007, 2012 and 2014 floods in Gloucestershire highlighted the importance of local flood support and SARA’s abilities in this area.