SARA: Saving Lives on and around the Severn for almost 50 Years

SARA is a volunteer lifeboat and inland search and rescue charity, with 7 lifeboat and rescue stations along the length of the River Severn.
In 2021 SARA was called out 113 times

Lifeboats and Water Rescue

Our 5 inshore lifeboats are tasked by HM Coastguard to incidents in and around the Severn Estuary including the tidal lengths of the rivers Wye and Usk.

We also operate inland rescue boats and provide inland water rescue, usually supporting the police and other agencies.

SARA has 6 Flood Response teams, ready to assist with flooding emergencies throughout the country. These were most recently involved in the intensive River Severn flood relief work in February 2022

Land Search and Cliff Rescue

SARA Land Search Teams are often deployed on search and rescue operations, usually to search for missing persons in support of the police.

We also have a specialist Rope Rescue Team, with the ability to care for casualties on the cliff, and raise as well as lower them. They respond to rescues on the cliffs in the Lower Wye Valley and Symonds Yat and other areas of steep ground across the area.

Land Search

Entailing search skills and techniques that maximise the chances of locating missing people in urban and rural areas

Rope Rescue

Providing technical rope rescue, primarily in rescuing fallen and injured climbers from cliffs or crags

Flood Support

Carrying out rescues in swiftwater and flood environments. SARA sends teams to assist in flood emergencies across the country

Casualty Care

Advanced medical treatment built on first aid administering medical gases, drugs and moving casualties with spinal injuries for example.

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