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.

  • #76: Severn Beach cruiser 01-07-20

    A small cruiser making her way down to Bristol from Sharpness had suffered engine failure near Severn Beach during the afternoon, and run aground. SARA Lifeboat 1 was able to tow her to St Pierre Pill, where she could be safely moored. Chepstow Coastguard met us there and took over.
    By coincidence one of our coxswains was out his jetski in the area at the time, and was able to assist.
    This was the 100th callout for SARA Lifeboat 1

    1st Jul 2020
    1st Jul 2020
  • #75: River Severn at Aust 29-06-20

    The SARA Beachley lifeboat crew were called out at 2pm to support Avon & Somerset Police with an operation on the edge of the River Severn near Aust. SARA Lifeboat 1 was launched and stood by, close to the area to assist if required.
    Working with the other emergency services, the police were able to complete the operation from the shore and the lifeboat was subsequently stood down shortly after 3.30pm

    29th Jun 2020
    29th Jun 2020
  • #74: Mouth of the Wye 28-06-20

    Both SARA Beachley lifeboats were deployed to the mouth of the River Wye, around 12 noon towards the end of the morning’s training session, to assist a vessel with 5 persons on board. She had had engine failure and was taking on water, and her crew had sensibly called the Coastguard with a ‘pan pan’ message.
    The ‘Casualty vessel’ had restarted the engine and made good the water ingress on arrival of SARA Lifeboat 3. SARA Lifeboat 1 arrived shortly thereafter and put a crew member aboard to monitor her on the passage back to beachley slip, under escort of both lifeboats.
    The crew then assisted with the recovery of vessel onto their trailer on a very busy slipway.

    28th Jun 2020
    28th Jun 2020
  • #73: River Severn Dinghy / Balloons 16-06-20

    SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched just after 1030, to reports of a dinghy in the area between the two motorway bridges, drifting downstream on the outgoing tide; RNLI Portishead also launched to approach the area from the other direction.
    The ‘dinghy’ turned out to be a large cluster of helium balloons, plus some stragglers. These were all collected and, following a search of the area in case there was something else, handed over to Chepstow Coastguard back at Beachley.
    Many thanks to all who responded so promptly.

    16th Jun 2020
    16th Jun 2020
  • #72: River Severn yacht (Saniger Sands) 13-06-20

    SARA Lifeboat 1 was launched around 3pm, to attend to a yacht aground in the River Severn. Supported by Chepstow Coastguard on shore, the crew approached the yacht, which was on Saniger Sands near Cone Pill, south of Lydney. They were able to ascertain that everyone on board was ok, and that they had sufficient provisions for a long evening – the next high tide being a little after 2am.
    The crew advised the yacht to contact the coastguard if they encountered difficulties in re-floating, and then returned to Beachley to turn the lifeboat around ready for the next call.
    SARA Sharpness also launched SARA Lifeboat 4 and Rescue 12 to assist if required, but on this occasion did not need to get involved.
    Chepstow Coastguard returned to the land side late in the evening, and verified that the yacht was able to reflect satisfactorily.

    13th Jun 2020
    13th Jun 2020
  • Newport 10-06-20

    Called out mid-afternoon to assist our Fire colleagues with the recovery of a dog stuck in the mud in the River Usk, Newport.
    Thankfully as our crew arrived on scene with our Chepstow Coastguard colleagues the dog was safely rescued by the Fire Service.
    We would also like to thank St Julians Inn for their help when we were considering where best to launch for this incident.

    10th Jun 2020
    10th Jun 2020
  • #70: Monmouth 31-05-20

    Swift Water Rescue (SRT) Teams from SARA Beachley and Newport were called out at 20:30. We were tasked to assist the Police and Fire & Rescue Services with an incident at Monmouth, where a person was reported as in the water.
    Thankfully as the first SARA members were assembling at the scene, the person was recovered, and was able to be checked over by NHS Ambulance staff.

    31st May 2020
    31st May 2020
  • Bromyard 30-05-20

    land Search Teams from SARA Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury were called out to Bromyard, near Hereford, during the afternoon. They were tasked to assist West Mercia Police with a missing person search in the Bromyard Downs area, in an operation alongside West Mercia Search & Rescue (WMSAR), Longtown Mountain Rescue Team, and Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) South Wales.
    Unfortunately during the afternoon a body was located.
    Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this difficult time.

    30th May 2020
    30th May 2020
  • M48 Bridge (second callout) 30-05-20

    Around 6pm, shortly after being stood down from a shout where no launch was required, SARA Beachley Lifeboat Crew were tasked to a missing person search, again in the area of the M48 Bridge on the Aust side.
    SARA Lifeboat 3 ‘Swift and Bold’ was launched, and searched the area until being stood down when the person was located at a different location on dry land.

    30th May 2020
    30th May 2020
  • M48 Bridge 30-05-20

    At around 5pm the SARA Beachley lifeboat crew were tasked to support Gwent Police with an incident on the M48 Severn Bridge. Crew made their way to the station, however the Police had resolved the situation before we needed to launch.

    30th May 2020
    30th May 2020
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