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.

  • Sharpness 28-02-21

    During a beautiful morning’s training the SARA Sharpness lifeboat crews came across a vessel adrift in the river.
    After recovering the vessel to the station, crews continued with training exercises and on their return the vessel’s owner was located and the two were gratefully reunited.

    28th Feb 2021
    28th Feb 2021
  • Bream 27-02-21

    The Beachley Land Team was called out late in the afternoon to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person operation in the Forest of Dean area, close to Bream. GFRS and HART also attended. The Tewkesbury Team was also called out but stood down en route.
    The Beachley team was then stood down around 1900, with everyone safe and well. Thanks to everyone who responded.

    27th Feb 2021
    27th Feb 2021
  • Stroud 13-02-21

    SARA search teams were deployed to the Stroud area twice no Sat 13 Feb, to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a missing man.
    Land teams from SARA Tewkesbury and SARA Beachley were first tasked around 0300, and searched for several hours before being stood down. They returned again at 1330, searching different areas (in the gentle snow!) as more information became available, and were joined by a water search team from SARA Sharpness. With nothing found, the teams were stood down around 1800.
    Teams were preparing to deploy again the following day, Sun 14 Feb, but thankfully the missing man was found by the Police safe and well, following further sightings, and the SARA teams were stood down.

    13th Feb 2021
    13th Feb 2021
  • Sharpness 06-02-21

    Immediate tasking at 2349hrs to assist Gloucestershire Police with a search for a missing person near Sharpness Docks.
    Lifeboat 4 was launched to assist with the search due to the low tide state. Shortly after arriving on scene, at 0020, we were stood down as the person had thankfully been located by Police in the nearby area and returned to station.
    A chilly evening but a good outcome in the end.

    6th Feb 2021
    6th Feb 2021
  • Lydney 05-02-21

    Sharpness lifeboat was tasked at 2340hrs on Fri 5 Feb to reports of a person in distress in the water off of Lydney. Due to the small tide SARA Lifeboat 4 was launched first and tasked to search the West Bank from Sharpness to Lydney.
    With the Gloucestershire Constabulary drone above and NPAS having already made a sweep of the immediate area as well, we were joined by SARA Lifeboat 2 and commenced a search from Wellhouse Bay to Hock cliff. With nothing being found, a reciprocal search pattern was performed back to Sharpness where both boats were then stood down.
    The shouts of a person reported are suspected to be a call with good intent. Both boats stood down and recovered at 0150hrs.

    5th Feb 2021
    5th Feb 2021
  • Moreton-in-Marsh 04-02-21

    Land search teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury Stations were called out around 1930, to support Gloucestershire Police with a missing person search in the area of Aston Magna, near Moreton-in-Marsh. SARDA (South Wales) and the Coastguard helicopter were also involved.
    Teams were stood down around midnight

    4th Feb 2021
    4th Feb 2021
  • Hook Norton 26-01-21

    Land Search Crew from Tewkesbury deployed late on 26 Jan, to assist with the search for a missing gentleman in the Hook Norton area of Oxfordshire.
    SARA crew members joined search and rescue teams from Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire and Police Officers from Thames Valley Police.
    The missing gentleman was located safe and well in the early hours with Tewkesbury crew members standing down at approximately 0300 to return to station to de-contaminate, prep for the next callout, and get ready for work at 0900.

    26th Jan 2021
    26th Jan 2021
  • #03: Beachley 25/26-01-21

    The two SARA Beachley Lifeboats were launched around 4pm on Monday afternoon (25 Jan), to support the police and coastguard with a search in the vicinity of the M48 Severn Bridge. They conducted a thorough search, supported by both the police and coastguard helicopters and a coastguard shore team. With nothing found, they recovered shorty after 6pm.

    The smaller SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched again at midday on Tuesday, to continue the search at low water. Again nothing was found after an extensive search and the lifeboat was recovered just after 2pm.

    Our thoughts are with the family of the missing man concerned.

    26th Jan 2021
    26th Jan 2021
  • #02: Tewkesbury Badger 23-01-21

    Vale Wildlife Hospital was called to a badger that was stranded on a small piece of land surrounded by floodwater. She was frantically trying to dig her way to safety.
    Within 30 minutes of the photo being taken, that piece of land had been submerged by the floods and the badger was nowhere to be seen.

    Louise drew the short straw to be the one to go out on the boat/jet ski with SARA Upton and luckily they found the badger clinging to a tree in the middle of the floodwater.
    Louise had to scruff the badger and, because she hadn’t been able to take a cage out with her, she had to carry her back, wrapped in just a towel, on her lap (not recommended when handling a badger under normal circumstances). A brave and very well executed rescue by Louise (although she did get bitten in the process, thankfully not seriously).

    23rd Jan 2021
    23rd Jan 2021
  • #01: Warwickshire 17-01-21

    The SARA Wyre Forest Team was called out to assist West Mercia SAR with a search in Warwickshire. However as our team was preparing equipment, the police located the missing person and we were stood down.

    17th Jan 2021
    17th Jan 2021
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