The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) is an Independant Inshore Rescue boat and Land Search organisation covering the Severn Estuary, upper reaches of the River Severn, and the rivers Wye, Bristol Avon, Tewkesbury Avon and Usk.
SARA is the largest independent lifeboat service in the UK, and is not in any part linked to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute), second only to the RNLI, with 15 operational boats, 9 Mobile Response Units, 4 stations and approximately 150 personnel.
Operational SARA stations:
SARA is a designated rescue service for the area, being called primarily via HM Coastguard, Fire and Rescue Services, the Police or Ambulance. During flooding and other events, SARA has often operated away from its core area to provide rescue services when requested.
Typical incidents our crews attend include boats or persons in difficulty, search for missing persons, animal rescue and flood relief / support.
SARA holds Mountain Rescue status and is also an established Royal Yachting Association (RYA) teaching centre with its own instructors able to train and certify crew members in RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 and Safety Boat.
The membership of the organisation is made up entirely from volunteers, with no paid staff. As a registered charity, all funding is raised by way of donations.