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.

  • Shipton Oliffe 12-01-20 (#006)

    The SARA Search Teams were called out shortly at 0330, to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a high risk missing person in the Cheltenham area.
    As the teams from SARA Tewkesbury, Sharpness, Beachley and Wyre Forest were making their way to the RV, the police informed us they had just located the person alive (in an elevated deer watching hide), using their dog, and we were stood down.
    Many thanks to The Frogmill Hotel for the warm, dry rooms and for the refreshments, and to all the team members who responded.

    12th Jan 2020
    12th Jan 2020
  • Sharpness Flood Rescue 09-01-20 (#005)

    As SARA Sharpness crew were heading home from an evening training one of our Coxswains came upon a stranded car in floodwater with a young female driver.
    The police on scene requested we assist and those still on station deployed and rescued the understandably upset lady.

    9th Jan 2020
    9th Jan 2020
  • M4 Prince of Wales Bridge 06-01-20 (#004)

    The SARA lifeboats were called out shortly after 1am, to support an operation on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge. Lifeboats 1 and 3 from SARA Beachley, and Lifeboats 2 and 4 from SARA Sharpness Lifeboat Station were all launched. Together with the Coastguard Helicopter they conducted an extensive search of a large area of the Rivers Severn and Wye on an incoming tide.
    The crews were stood down around 6am, having searched for over 4 hours but not finding anything.
    SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched again later in the morning, to renew the search of the Severn. Sadly a body was found shortly after 9am and was recovered back to Beachley.
    Our thoughts are with the family of the man concerned at this difficult time.

    6th Jan 2020
    6th Jan 2020
  • Wyndcliffe 05-01-20 (#003)

    A brief callout for the SARA Land and Rope Rescue Teams just after 1730. A climber had fallen on one of the Wyndcliffe crags, to the south of Tintern; we were asked to support South Wales Fire and Rescue Service with extracting him.
    However the Coastguard helicopter was quickly on scene and the emergency services managed his evacuation to hospital; the SARA teams were stood down whilst making their way to the RV. Longtown MRT were also en route.

    5th Jan 2020
    5th Jan 2020
  • Newport 03-01-20

    Tasked by South Wales Fire Service at 1815 to reports of a person in the River Usk, around the George Street Bridge Area.
    Resources were mobilised, but thankfully this turned out to be a false alarm with good intent; resources were able to stand down and return to station.

    3rd Jan 2020
    3rd Jan 2020
  • Staunton 01-01-20

    Land Search Teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury were called out to Staunton in the Forest of Dean, around 6.45pm. They were requested to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a vulnerable missing person.
    Thankfully as the teams were assembling at the RV point, the police reported that the missing person had been located safe and well elsewhere. The SARA Teams were stood down just before 8pm.

    1st Jan 2020
    1st Jan 2020
  • Frampton 21-12-19

    Teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury were called to assist Gloucestershire Police with a missing person search in the area of Frampton-upon-Severn.
    However as the volunteers were making their way to the stations, the police reported that the missing person had been located, and our teams were stood down.

    21st Dec 2019
    21st Dec 2019
  • Swindon 18-12-19

    We are called out mid-morning to assist Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue with a missing person search to the north of Swindon. Land Search Teams from SARA Tewkesbury and Beachley joined the search, along with a Water Rescue Team from SARA Sharpness.
    The teams were stood down mid-afternoon and the Police have now reported that a body had been found.

    18th Dec 2019
    18th Dec 2019
  • Cheltenham 13-12-19

    Land search teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury were called out to Cheltenham during the morning, to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person search.
    Fortunately as the teams were en route the missing person was found safe and well, and the teams were stood down.

    13th Dec 2019
    13th Dec 2019
  • River Usk Search 10-12-19

    Requested to launch by Gwent Police to search the River Usk for a potentially missing female, SARA Beachley and Newport responded.
    We are all thankfully able to say the female was located safe and well ashore.

    10th Dec 2019
    10th Dec 2019
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