SARA: Saving Lives on and around the Severn for over 40 Years
SARA is a volunteer lifeboat and inland search and rescue charity, with lifeboat and rescue stations along the length of the River Severn.
In 2020 SARA was called out 126 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 4 Flood Response teams, ready to assist with flooding emergencies throughout the country, and these have been deployed several times
Land Search and Cliff Rescue
SARA Land Search Teams are often deployed on search and rescue operations, usually to search for missing persons.
Our Land Teams also have the capabilities to perform rope rescues and often train on the cliffs at Symonds Yat and in the Lower Wye Valley.
Entailing search skills and techniques that maximise the chances of locating missing people in urban and rural areas
Providing technical rope rescue, primarily in rescuing fallen and injured climbers from cliffs or crags
Carrying out rescues in swiftwater and flood environments. SARA sends teams to assist in flood emergencies across the country
Advanced medical treatment built on first aid administering medical gases, drugs and moving casualties with spinal injuries for example.
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