Incidents

We are tasked by the emergency services, including HM Coastguaard, Fire & Rescue, Police and the Ambulance Services. Our teams are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Below are the callouts that we have attended.

  • #110: Quenington (East of Cirencester) 23-11-20

    Search teams were called out to Quenington, near Cirencester, to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a high risk missing person. Land search teams from SARA Tewkesbury and Beachley and water rescue teams from SARA Sharpness were supported by members of Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group, Wiltshire Search and Rescue and two dog teams from SARDA (South Wales), as well as the police helicopter.

    After several hours of searching rural areas, including rivers and thick woodlands, the missing man was located safe and well – by one of several joint SARA / Cave / WilSAR search parties.

    23rd Nov 2020
    23rd Nov 2020
  • #109: Newport 17-11-20

    SAR Newport was tasked at 2330 with an immediate launch to an incident in Newport City Centre, along with units from Malpas Fire station.
    Shortly after the crew were mobilised the incident was resolved by Gwent Police and the crew were stood down just after midnight.

    17th Nov 2020
    17th Nov 2020
  • #108: Goldcliff 12-11-20

    The SARA Newport lifeboat was called out shortly before 4pm, to assist with the rescue of an injured fisherman from rocks near Goldcliff, on the Bristol Channel seawall. Ambulance personnel and Chepstow Coastguard were already on scene, and the injured man was winched off the rocks and evacuated by the Coastguard helicopter. The SARA crew was not required and was stood down while en route to launching.

    12th Nov 2020
    12th Nov 2020
  • #107: Bradford on Avon 05 & 06-11-20

    On 5 Nov SARA Sharpness crew deployed to the Bradford On Avon area, to assisting Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Search and Rescue with an ongoing missing person – this was Day 9 of the major multi-agency search. SARA deployed a boat to assist both with searches of the waterways, and transporting specialist search dogs around the river.
    The following day, 6 Nov, SARA Sharpness deployed two teams. The first launched a boat and searched the downstream side of a weir, and the second deployed an SRT team to search the upstream side. Due to the strength of flow above the weir, the SRT crew set up a tethered raft, allowing them to safely search the area. To assist with searching under the water, the crew were provided with specialist underwater cameras by Dstl, who also provided sonar equipment to be used by the other teams.
    Sadly the search remains ongoing

    5th Nov 2020
    5th Nov 2020
  • #106: Lydney 30-10-20

    At 0430hrs the Sharpness crew were paged requesting an immediate launch by Milford Haven Coastguard, to assist in the search for a male, believed to be in the Lydney area.
    The crew quickly launched 3 boats, and commenced a search of the area surrounding Lydney Dock.
    At 0530hrs, the police received updated information confirming the person in question was not in the Lydney area, and our crews were stood down.

    30th Oct 2020
    30th Oct 2020
  • #105: Bisley nr Stroud 22-10-20

    SARA was called out around 1745, to support Gloucestershire Police with a search for a missing person in the area of Bisley, east of Stroud.
    Land search teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury Stations, along with Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group, were assembling and initial planning was underway when thankfully the missing person was located safe and well.

    22nd Oct 2020
    22nd Oct 2020
  • #104: River Severn near Lydney

    SARA received an immediate launch request at 1257hrs by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist with a boat aground in the Severn near Lydney. SARA Lifeboat 2 was launched (after only just arriving back on station) and proceeded to a vessel seen not moving off Lydney dock entrance. Upon approaching the vessel it was confirmed this was not the casualty and a lat/long was received from the Coastguard pin pointing the casualties exact location.
    A course was then plotted around the sandbanks to the last known location. After this, the vessel was quickly located and due to the tide height, a very cautious approach was made. We managed to get close enough to deploy a throw bag to use as a heaving line for the main tow line.
    With just 0.5m under the keel and the tide quickly falling, the crew had 1 attempt to get this right. This was successful and a tow line was quickly secured. The vessel was then slowly towed astern to keep SARA 2’s engines in the deeper water. After re-floating, we accompanied the yacht into deeper water and were then stood down by the coastguard.
    A great job by all involved and shows that even experienced, well equipped sailors can still come into difficulty. Fortunately the casualties were well prepared with a VHF so they could quickly raise the alarm!

    10th Oct 2020
    10th Oct 2020
  • #103: Brockweir 10-10-20

    SARA conducted a large search operation this, from 4am until 1pm. We were tasked by Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a lady missing from Brockweir since the previous evening.
    A combination of land search teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury Stations, along with Beachley’s Lifeboat 3 and inland Rescue Boat 5, searched a long stretch of the Wye and its banks, and other areas of interest in the Brockweir area.
    We are grateful to the villagers and to Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop, as well as the Police, for supplying refreshments and breakfast to our volunteers during the morning.
    The search was eventually called off for the day with nothing having been found, with the police operation ongoing.
    *The following day (Sunday 11 Oct) SARA heard from the Police that the lady had subsequently been seen on a bus, safe and well.

    10th Oct 2020
    10th Oct 2020
  • #102: Redditch 03-10-20

    Crews from Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury Stations, along with colleagues from Warwickshire Search and Rescue were called to assist West Mercia Police with a missing person investigation in the Redditch area this morning.
    Sadly, during the search efforts a body was discovered in late afternoon. Search teams assisted the police with recovery.
    The thoughts of the crew are with the family and friends.

    3rd Oct 2020
    3rd Oct 2020
  • #101: Portishead 22-09-20

    SARA Lifeboat 1 ‘The Jim Hewitt’ was launched just after 5pm, to go to the aid of a dismasted yacht south of the M4 Second Severn Crossing. She had raised a distress alert with two red flares which had been spotted.
    The call was almost at the bottom of tide. With the Coastguard coordinating, the yacht was initially assisted by a tug from Avonmouth until we arrived. We were then able to tow her into to Portishead which was too shallow for the tug, and once there we handed over to Portishead Coastguard Rescue Team at the Pier Head.
    By this time the tide had turned, but SARA 1 still to wait off Beachley for sufficient water to allow her to be recovered shortly before 8pm.

    22nd Sep 2020
    22nd Sep 2020
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