A wide range of SARA capabilities tested

Posted in Beachley, Training on July 12th, 2016 by Be the first to comment

A wide range of SARA capabilities were tested on Sunday, starting with a full training exercise in the Lower Wye Valley.  The scenario was that a climber was injured high on ‘Fly Wall’ in Woodcroft Quarry near Tidenham.  All Beachley crew were called out from home and responded in real time.

sara land and boat 1The first crewman was lowered down to the ‘casualty’ (Bob, the station’s full size rescue mannequin) and found a note explaining his injuries.  Having assessed the situation the casualty was ‘picked off’ and lowered to the base of the cliff where he was given first aid by another SARA Team.

Due to the difficult terrain, the SARA lifeboat was launched from Beachley. The casualty was stretchered away from the cliff and carried across the rocks down to the river, transferred to the lifeboat and whisked back to Chepstow – where in real life an ambulance would have been waiting.

sara land and boatStation Commander Mervyn Flemming commented “we have sadly had to undertake rescues such as this in the past, so I was pleased that this went well. SARA is uniquely placed to fulfill this kind of complex task”.

With the exercise over, in the late afternoon the crews were briefly called out for a real cliff rescue, although stood down by the Fire Service before deploying. Further north, SARA crews from Tewkesbury and Wyre Forest were deployed for several hours on a missing person search, in support of West Midlands Police.

The Guardian Article on Independent Lifeboat Teams

Posted in News on July 3rd, 2016 by Be the first to comment

SARA is an Independent Lifeboat Service covering an area that is not covered by the RNLI.

Please take a moment to read the article by the Guardian.

“Mark Carwardine, deputy executive chairman of the Severn Area Rescue Association (Sara) has had similar experiences. He feels frustrated seeing RNLI fundraisers at work in Chepstow, where the local Sara boat is just two miles away and the nearest RNLI craft is 40 miles by road. “It’s not the fundraisers’ fault,” says Carwardine. “But from our perspective it’s a bit like: we’re the local boat, so perhaps there could be some recognition of that.”

Sara is the biggest independent lifeboat service in the UK. It has four stations and more than 150 volunteers covering the dangerous Severn estuary and surrounding area. Started from a garage in 1973, the rescue service quickly expanded to protect inshore areas not covered by the RNLI. Now, with 18 boats as well as mobile response units for mountain rescue, the service has annual running costs of around £200,000.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/19/the-local-lifeboat-teams-hanging-by-a-thread

Two Important Boats on the Severn

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising on July 3rd, 2016 by Be the first to comment

Thank you to Chas Phipps for supporting us with his events.

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Beachley Station Open Day

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising on June 2nd, 2016 by Be the first to comment

Come along to our Beachley station and meet the crew and see the equipment we use.

Please feel free to download this poster and put in to local shops and pubs etc with their permission.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

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Dare you take the SARA abseil challenge?

Posted in Beachley, Fundraising on March 2nd, 2016 by Be the first to comment
Abseil 2016

Abseil for SARA