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.

  • #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
  • #100: Chepstow River Wye 20-09-20

    As Beachley lifeboat training was finishing, the team was asked to support Chepstow Coastguard with a vessel in the Wye which had had engine failure. SARA Lifeboat 1 went back out and round Beachley Point into the Wye. The small boat did manage to re-start her engine, and the SARA Lifeboat then escorted her back Beachley and the crew helped everyone to recover their boats.

    20th Sep 2020
    20th Sep 2020
  • #99: Hillhampton, Worcester 20-09-20

    We were tasked to support West Mercia Police with a pre-planned missing person search in the area of Hillhampton, near Worcester, from 0930.
    Land search teams from SARA Tewkesbury and Wyre Forest and a water rescue team from SARA Sharpness worked alongside West Mercia Search & Rescue and Warwickshire Search and Rescue.
    With nothing found, the team were stood down at 1630hrs. Currently the search remains ongoing and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man.

    20th Sep 2020
    20th Sep 2020
  • #98: Monmouth 13-09-20

    Water rescue teams from SARA Beachley and Newport called out to Monmouth around 0520, to support South Wales Fire & Rescue Service with a search. Teams then worked with Ambulance HART to resolve the situation around 0800.

    13th Sep 2020
    13th Sep 2020
  • #97: Quenington (Cirencester) 12-09-20

    Land Search teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury and a water rescue team from SARA Sharpness were called out around 1800, to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person search near Cirencester.
    They were joined by colleagues from Wiltshire Search and Rescue, Oxfordshire Search and Rescue, Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group and SARDA South Wales, and together the teams searched a large area around Quenington until the small hours.
    The searchers were stood down around 2am with nothing having been found, and were preparing to restart the search the following day (Sun 13 Sep) in daylight, when the missing man was found safe. Many thanks to all who responded.

    12th Sep 2020
    12th Sep 2020
  • #96: Severn Beach 11-09-20

    Beachley’s SARA Lifeboat 3 was called out by the Coastguard just before 1030, the reports of a person in difficulties in the water near Severn Beach.
    The lifeboat crew investigated but the person concerned turned out to be a fisherman stood in water. No doubt this was a false alarm with good intent.

    11th Sep 2020
    11th Sep 2020
  • #95: Oldbury Sands 09-09-20

    The SARA Beachley lifeboat crew were called out around 3pm to reports of an 18 ft cabin cruiser which had suffered engine failure and run aground.
    Later in the evening in a planned operation, as darkness was falling a different SARA crew again launched Lifeboat 3, and were able to tow the casualty vessel back to Beachley.

    9th Sep 2020
    9th Sep 2020
  • #94: St Brides, Newport 04-09-20

    A small team of water rescuers from SARA Beachley and Newport Stations was tasked tasked around 3pm to assist with the capture of an injured swan for treatment. The swan had been spotted in the reens near the coastline at Symonds Brides, just west of Newport and Swan Rescue Wales wished to rescue it.
    Working together, partly by wading up the reen, the combined team managed to safely secure the swan. He (or maybe she) will now be taken to the The Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton for treatment.

    4th Sep 2020
    4th Sep 2020
  • #93: Newport 03-09-20

    At 1030pm, just as our volunteers were settling down for the evening after maintenance night, the SARA Newport team were requested by the Coastguard to launch Lifeboat 14 ‘Maureen Easton’, to assist with an operation on one of the bridges in Newport City Centre.
    With a quick response from the crew the lifeboat was launched, however they were stood down shortly after the Police has successfully concluded the operation.

    3rd Sep 2020
    3rd Sep 2020
  • #92: Monmouth 26-08-20

    The Beachley water rescue team was called out just before 3pm to go to the aid of someone in the water in Monmouth. This was potentially a very serious situation as the level and speed of the River Wye have increased significantly following a storm. Fortunately the Fire & Rescue Service also responded quickly with significant assets, and shortly after the first SARA volunteer arrived on scene the individual concerned was brought safely to dry land and a waiting ambulance.

    26th Aug 2020
    26th Aug 2020
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