SARA makes a splash at Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre

Posted in News, Wyre Forest on February 15th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) will be making a splash at Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre, in , when it takes to the pool for emergency training.

The sessions will go ahead on Thursday, February 16 and 23, to ensure all crew members maintain their skills and are fully prepared for any crucial rescue missions they may face.

Water assessments for new crew members and the existing operational team will be taking place, as well as the leisure centre’s pool acting as a controlled environment for spinal board training.

SARA is tasked by the coastguard, fire, police and ambulance services across its operational area to provide search and rescue services 24/7, 365 days of the year.

The crew’s operational area is not only the Severn Estuary, but includes the middle and lower sections of the Severn and the rivers Avon, Teme, Wye, Monnow, Ebbw, Bristol Avon and Usk. It also has rescue stations at Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury and lifeboat stations at Beachley and Sharpness.

A spokesman for SARA said: The crew are passionate about providing a professional rescue service to the local community, and whatever the circumstances will turn out if called today, tomorrow, next week, month or even next year. As well as every member of the SARA being a volunteer the association is entirely funded by public donations, so please show your support by visiting the website and contributing to such a worthy organisation.

For more information visit

SARA Beachley First on Scene

Posted in News on February 14th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

On Saturday 11th February at 18:51Hrs the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) was tasked by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Swansea to stand-by the M.V.Seahawk, an 87 Metre cargo vessel which had an engine room fire.

SARA Lifeboat 1 was first on scene, ready to evacuate the 7 persons onboard. The vessel’s crew successfully extinguished the fire and deployed an anchor.

The M.V Seahawk

The SARA Lifeboat was joined by Portishead Inshore Lifeboat and Barry Dock RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat whilst the MRCC coordinated the lifeboat action.

Two tugs from Avonmouth Docks: “Thorngarth” and “Svitzer Ellerby” were deployed and successfully towed the ship into Avonmouth docks. There were no reported injuries and all the lifeboat teams were stood down by MRCC.

Mervyn Fleming, Chairman of the SARA Lifeboat & Rescue Station at Chepstow said, “This is an example of what lifeboats around the country train for. The crews from Beachley, Portishead, Avonmouth and Barry were all ahead of the game. Although it was dark and bitterly cold; it was a calm evening and thankfully no-one was injured.”

Zip Wire 2012, the UK’s longest!

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising, News, Sharpness, Tewkesbury, Wyre Forest on January 26th, 2012 by Be the first to comment

The longest ZipWire in the UK, Be the first to ride it!

  • Dare you take the 720m ZipWire challenge?
  • Challenge friends, colleagues or your boss!
  • Make it a team building event!
  • Help us to save lives in our region
  • Be the first to ride the UK’s Longest Zip Wire
  • Win a trip on a SARA lifeboat

The National Diving & Activity Centre is promoting a Sponsored ZipWire fundraising event for SARA on Saturday/Sunday 14/15th April 2012 at the National Diving & Activity Centre, Chepstow.

Be the First to ride the ZipWire – The highest fundraiser on (online & Mobile donations only) 2 weeks before the event will win the Golden Ticket!

Win a Trip on SARA1 – Every participant collecting £100 or more in sponsorship will be entered in a draw for a thrilling trip aboard a high speed rescue boat with the individual collecting the highest amount of sponsorship guaranteed a place.

This event is being promoted by The National Diving & Activity Centre for the purpose of raising funds for SARA. Registration Fee of £20 is required and a pledge to raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship for SARA is required (registration Fee can be recovered from sponsorship)

Entry forms and further information below:

LAS VEGAS Fundraising Ball 2011

Posted in News on November 2nd, 2011 by Be the first to comment

18th November 2011
St Pierre Golf and Country Club

Severn Area Rescue Association is passing through its 38th year of operation. All of this would not be possible without the continued support of you and others in raising funds.

A few years ago we launched the SARA Charity Ball to help recognise the work we do for the local community, this was so successful we have continued it every year since.

We would like to invite you to the 2011 “SARA Annual Charity Ball” to enjoy the festivities and allow SARA to thank you for all your efforts in keeping us going and helping us save lives in our region.

This year’s SARA Annual Ball is being held on Friday 18th November at the exclusive St. Pierre Golf and Country Club, Chepstow.

Tickets are £39 and include:

  • 3 course meal
  • Disco
  • Charity “funny money” casino
  • Raffle
  • Auction

Tickets are now available and can be purchased individually, for couples, for groups or tables of 10. Tickets are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. So if you want a ticket, tickets or a table – please confirm ASAP

The dress code is Black Tie and Ball Gowns (a chance to get dressed up).

The evening is going to be one to remember and definitely one you won’t forget – We do hope you can join us and indeed bring a friend or two!

For further information, questions and tickets, please contact:
David Thompson

SARA in UK First for Water Rescue

Posted in News, Tewkesbury on October 12th, 2011 by Be the first to comment

On the 24th September 2011, SARA’s Tewkesbury Rescue Station began an exciting partnership with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, in an unprecedented move for UK emergency-response agencies.

The move sees SARA’s volunteers combining resources and sharing premises with the firefighters to create a hub for water rescue in Tewkesbury and surrounding areas with the station being renamed ‘Gloucestershire Water Rescue Centre’. The partnership means improved coordination and interoperability between the two agencies. SARA has four rescue stations at strategic points along the River Severn, including Sharpness Lifeboat station which is also prolific in water rescue in the county.

SARA Tewkesbury currently has two inshore rescue boats alongside a boat haulage and land search vehicle. The new centre houses multiple Rescue Boat, Land Search and Swiftwater Rescue Teams providing a greater level of response to all water-related incidents as well as ensuring the area is better prepared for future large-scale floods.

“We are thrilled to be at the heart of this bold move by both our agencies. The benefit this will bring to the local community is huge, and the standard of service we can deliver is first class and unrivalled in the UK. We are looking forward to working ever closer with GFRS personnel and developing our relationship with them”.

Chris Crowley, Station Chairman and charity trustee


SARA & GFRS working together on Water Rescue

Photo Opportunity! Gloucestershire Water Rescue Centre will be officially opened by Gloucestershire County Council Leader, Cllr Mark Hawthorne at 11.30am on Saturday 15th October. Please come along to the centres open day and join in.

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Note to media: Usage of the above photos both online and in print, is permitted for publicising the launch of the centre and its open day.