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.

  • River Severn Dog Rescue 14-01-22

    At 1632hrs SARA Sharpness received a page from Milford Haven Coastguard tasking us to assist with the rescue of a stranded dog, cut off by the tide on Longley Sands.
    After arriving on scene with HM Coastguard Chepstow and Portishead, we were briefed as to the location of the dog. We could not see the dog through the pitch black and dense fog but it could be heard across the river.

    After an unsuccessful wade, due to tide height and flow, we deployed a downstream rescue boat before trying again with our rescue raft. When the boat was in place, we paddled across and were guided to the dogs position using a thermal imaging scope from one of our crew.

    Fortunately, Lola, the beautiful black Pointer, came straight to us and we recovered her back to her very grateful owners in the raft. Lola is doing really well and is enjoying a nice warm fire and sausages for tea! Awesome result team

    14th Jan 2022
    14th Jan 2022
  • Robinswood Hill 13-01-22

    Not long after the Cleeve Hill search had been stood down, whilst most crew were still on their return journey, Gloucestershire Police tasked us to a second search, for a missing girl in the Robinswood area of Gloucester. The SARA teams from Beachley, Wyre Forest, Tewkesbury and Cotswolds were again joined by members of GCRG and searched a large area of Robinswood Hill. Thankfully, around 11pm the police announced that the missing girl had been found safe elsewhere and the teams were stood down.
    We are grateful to the Gloucester Robinswood Hotel for their hospitality

    13th Jan 2022
    13th Jan 2022
  • Cleeve Hill 13-01-22

    We were tasked to support a missing person search on Cleeve Hill. Members of SARA’s Beachley, Tewkesbury, Cotswolds and Wyre Forest teams were joined by colleages from Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group (GCRG) and a search dog from Serve-On. They searched until daylight was lost at 5pm, at which point they were stood down with nothing having been found. This search remains ongoing and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man concerned.

    13th Jan 2022
    13th Jan 2022
  • Newport 28-12-21

    SARA Newport was called out at 11.30pm, requested by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to support an on going incident on the River Usk.
    As the team prepared to launch SARA Lifeboat 14 ‘The Maureen Easton’ they were stood down as the lady concerned had been located safe and well elsewhere. The guys could return back to Malpas and at 1am turn everything around ready for next time.

    28th Dec 2021
    28th Dec 2021
  • Sandwell Valley 24-12-21

    Shortly before 2pm, we received a request from West Midlands Police to assist with a missing person investigation.
    SARA Wyre Forest crew were assisted by fellow volunteer crews from SARA Tewkesbury, Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team, West Mercia Search & Rescue and Warwickshire Search and Rescue.
    Thankfully, the missing gentleman was located shortly after nightfall, after having been assisted by colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service.
    A huge thank you goes out to all crew who left their families on Christmas Eve to attend this callout and will now make it home prior to Santa visiting later on.

    24th Dec 2021
    24th Dec 2021
  • Moreton Valence 23-12-21

    Around 1845, SARA Sharpness received a tasking from Gloucestershire Constabulary to perform a specialist search to confirm whether a vehicle had entered the canal near Moreton Valence due to a damaged guarding.
    Upon arrival, it became apparent that a lorry had caused the damage as the driver had now reported this to the police.
    Happy there was no vehicle or people in the water, the Sharpness crew were stood down at 2000.

    23rd Dec 2021
    23rd Dec 2021
  • Neen Sollars 19-12-21

    A brief callout for the SARA Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury crews.
    Shortly before 3pm, we were contacted by West Mercia Police to assist with a missing person search near Neen Sollars on the Shropshire/Worcester border.
    Thankfully the missing gentleman was located by police and members of the public as crew were assembling on station and as our search controller was arriving at the RV.

    19th Dec 2021
    19th Dec 2021
  • Evesham 08 & 12-12-21

    SARA search teams were called out to Evesham today (Sunday 12th Dec), for the second time this week. On Wednesday 8th Dec West Mercia Search & Rescue (WMSAR) asked for our help, supporting an ongoing missing person search on behalf of West Mercia Police. Land and water search teams from SARA Tewkesbury, Wyre Forest and Upton were deployed, with nothing being found.
    Today land search teams from SARA Tewkesbury and Wyre Forest deployed again, leading a search effort which involved WMSAR, Warwickshire Search and Rescue and Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team. The search was called off as light was being lost, with nothing having been found. The police operation remains ongoing and our thoughts are with the family of the missing person concerned.

    12th Dec 2021
    12th Dec 2021
  • Worcester 05-12-12

    Not long after finishing providing first aid cover for over 350 Santas at the Santa Fun run in Brintons Park, Kidderminster for KEMP Hospice, SARA Wyre Forest were tasked to assist West Mercia Search & Rescue with a missing person search in Worcester. The crew quickly deployed to the callout and searched their assigned areas before being stood down as light was being lost.
    It was later confirmed by the police that the missing person was been found safe and well.

    5th Dec 2021
    5th Dec 2021
  • Newport Deep 29-11-21

    SARA Lifeboat 1 from Beachley was launched this afternoon to a Mayday distress call. The Coastguard requested urgent help for 25ft fishing vessel with a fouled propeller that was drifting in the Bristol Channel, near to the Newport Deep navigation mark. Two of our lifeboat coxswains were already afloat, training in SARA Lifeboat 3, so they returned to Beachley station to swap over to the larger and much more powerful SARA Lifeboat 1, helped by other crew that had arrived.

    As it was quite high water, the passage to Newport was relatively direct. When SARA 1 got to the scene, the crew found that the single-crewed fishing boat had managed to lay an anchor. The lifeboat then took the fishing boat under tow into Newport and on to its mooring. The crew then made the return passage back to Beachley, to be refuel the boat and turn her around ready for its next service.

    29th Nov 2021
    29th Nov 2021
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