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.

  • Highnam Woods 07-08-22

    3rd callout this weekend. Shortly before 10am, Gloucestershire Police asked us to assist with a search for a missing man close to Highnam, near Gloucester. Search teams from SARA Stations at Tewkesbury, Beachley, Cotswolds, Upton and Sharpness were called out and teams from SARA Wyre Forest and Glos Cave Rescue stood by in case they were to be needed.

    Whilst the first teams were searching, the Police located the missing man safe elsewhere, and the SARA teams were stood down.

    7th Aug 2022
    7th Aug 2022
  • River Severn M4 SSC / PoW Bridge

    SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched shortly after 1830, requested by the Coastguard to support a Police operation on the M4 Second Severn Crossing / Prince of Wales Bridge.
    Not long after we arrived on scene, the situation was resolved by the Police, and we were stood down to return to station and turn the kit around.

    6th Aug 2022
    6th Aug 2022
  • Birdlip 06-08-22

    Team members from SARA Tewkesbury and SARA Cotswolds stations responded to a callout from Gloucestershire Constabulary to assist a SWAST Ambulance crew with an injured walker near Birdlip Hill during the afternoon. Working alongside Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service , the casualty was safely carried by stretcher up a steep slope to the waiting ambulance.

    Thank you to all those that assisted, and we wish the injured party a swift recovery.

    6th Aug 2022
    6th Aug 2022
  • Over, Gloucester 23-07-22

    The SARA Sharpness Lifeboat crew was paged at 0500hrs this morning by Milford Haven Coastguard, to assist Gloucestershire Police and Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service with a search for a high risk missing person in the Gloucester area.

    The first SARA Sharpness boat was just being launched with a second on the way, and land search teams from Beachley, Tewkesbury and Cotswolds stations were being mobilised, as the person was located safe by the Police. We were stood down at 0557.

    23rd Jul 2022
    23rd Jul 2022
  • Glos 17-07-22

    SARA Search Teams were called out at 3am , to assist the Police with a missing person search in Gloucestershire. Crew from our stations at Beachley, Tewkesbury and Cotswolds responded, along with a search dog from K9 Serve-on SAR and members of Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group. The first crew had just arrived on scene, at around 4am, when the Police reported that the incident had been resolved and our crews were stood down.

    17th Jul 2022
    17th Jul 2022
  • River Severn (M4 SSC) 16-07-22

    The SARA Beachley lifeboat crew were called out at 11pm to support the Police with an incident on the M4 Second Severn Crossing. Tasked by HM Coastguard, SARA Lifeboat 1 was brought to readiness for launch, but the situation was resolved by the Police and the crews were stood down around the 11.30pm without the need to launch.

    16th Jul 2022
    16th Jul 2022
  • Northfield, Birmingham 16-07-22

    Around 1630, SARA Wyre Forest was contacted by West Midlands Police to assist with a missing person search in the Northfield area of Birmingham. Due to the nature of the tasking, we asked our sister stations SARA Tewkesbury and SARA Cotswolds to assist, along with teams from West Mercia Search & Rescue, Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team and Warwickshire Search and Rescue.

    Sadly, during our search efforts the missing gentleman was located deceased by one of the search teams. After assisting with a dignified extraction, the crews returned to their stations.

    Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman concerned.

    16th Jul 2022
    16th Jul 2022
  • M48 Bridge 11-07-22

    SARA Beachley lifeboat crew were called out shortly after midday, to reports of a person in the water downstream of the M48 Bridge, and SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched onto the outgoing tide.

    With the Coastguard coordinating a search also involving RNLI Portishead, the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Chepstow and Portishead and the Coastguard helicopter, we searched an area close to the M4 Second Severn Crossing before being directed to the mouth of the River Wye as the tide had turned.
    As we arrived in the Wye the Coastguard helicopter located the casualty; they were able to winch him aboard directly and transport him to hospital.

    We wish him a good recovery!

    11th Jul 2022
    11th Jul 2022
  • Newnham 11-07-22

    At 11:40, SARA Sharpness crew were tasked to reports of a dog stuck in the mud near Newnham. One crew member responded from Gloucester direct to Newnham to make contact with the owner while a mud rescue team was dispatched.

    Using a rescue sled and with a flood rescue boat on scene if required, the team successfully extracted the exhausted pup from the mud and returned it to the bank for a good clean and well deserved rest.

    Remember, if you see anyone in difficulty in the river or surrounding mud and sand, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. Thankfully the owner of this dog did just that!

    11th Jul 2022
    11th Jul 2022
  • Sedbury 07/08-07-22

    Yesterday (Thursday) evening the SARA Beachey team was tasked by Gloucestershire Constabulary to assist them with a search for a vulnerable missing person in the Sedbury area, near Chepstow. The SARA Beachley land search team was called out, along with our Serve On K9 search dog partners, and SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched. Colleagues from SARA Tewkesbury and Newport Stations were placed on standby.

    Working with both Chepstow and Portishead Coastguard Rescue Teams, and both a police drone and the Coastguard helicopter, areas of interest were searched until 2am.

    The search was halted overnight pending further information, and this morning (Friday) SARA teams were warned off for a potential further deployment. However we are pleased to say that the missing person was located safe and well this afternoon in the local area.

    8th Jul 2022
    8th Jul 2022
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