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.

  • Severn Beach 19-02-20

    SARA Lifeboat 3 ‘Swift and Bold’ was launched shortly after 11pm. We were tasked by the Coastguard for an urgent search in the Severn Beach area.
    RNLI Portishead was also deployed. The Coastguard Helicopter 187 was also deployed and was able to rescue the casualty and transfer them to an NHS land ambulance. The SARA Lifeboat was accordingly stood down around midnight.

    20th Feb 2020
    20th Feb 2020
  • Storm Dennis Flood Response Day 5: Thurs 20-02-20

    SARA Sharpness deployed a flood rescue team to help GFRS evacuation residents of Sandford Lane, Gloucester.

    20th Feb 2020
    20th Feb 2020
  • Storm Dennis Flood Response Day 4: Thurs 19-02-20

    SARA Beachley and Newport Flood Teams were deployed to Monmouth again, conducting welfare visits to folk whose homes have been flooded, together with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
    Teams from SARA Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury spent the day in Bewdley, working to help Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency monitoring the river level and flood barriers to keep Bewdley safe.
    Due to the concerns, the Wyre Forest Team returned to Bewdley overnight, with the emergency services to help with further monitoring.
    Team members from SARA Upton team were also out locally conducting welfare visits during the flooding

    19th Feb 2020
    19th Feb 2020
  • Storm Dennis Flood Response Day 3: Tues 18-02-20

    SARA Beachley deployed a flood team on an immediate callout to Bigsweir, to assist with the rescue of a lady who had been on the roof of her car all night. Together with locals and then SWFRS she was transported to a road ambulance (by coincidence also crewed by a SARA member).
    The Beachley team was stood down but then re-deployed to Monmouth, via Whitchurch.
    SARA Newport also deployed a flood team to Newport, where they and the Beachley team conducted welfare visits to flooded residents.
    SARA Tewkesbury deployed a flood team to Whitchurch to assist with evacuating a care home.
    SARA Sharpness again deployed a flood team to Lydbrook.

    18th Feb 2020
    18th Feb 2020
  • Storm Dennis Flood Response Day 2: Mon 17-02-20

    SARA Upton Station had a flood team supporting West Mercia Police, and rescued a couple from a car.
    SARA Sharpness had a team on standby in Gloucester; they deployed to Lydbook and supported welfare visits by NHS nurses
    SARA Wyre Forest deployed a team to Hampton Bishop, Hereford (supported by SARA Tewkesbury) to perform welfare checks on residents in areas cut off by flood water and evacuation of residents whose home was marooned in flood water and had lost power.

    17th Feb 2020
    17th Feb 2020
  • Storm Dennis Flood Response Day 1: Sun 16-02-20

    SARA Sharpness deployed one flood team to Usk. They assisted SWFRS, including rescuing 4 people from a car.
    SARA Newport and Beachley each deployed one flood team to Monmouth, where they assisted SWFRS.
    SARA Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury Stations each had a flood team assisting with evacuations in Tenbury Wells, and then later on one combined team assisted with evacuations in Worcester.

    16th Feb 2020
    16th Feb 2020
  • Chipping Camden 14-02-20

    Our Land Search Teams from SARA Beachley, Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury Stations were called out to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person search near Chipping Campden at 1830.
    We were joined by colleagues from Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group and a dog team from SARDA (South Wales).
    Sadly, a man’s body was discovered in woodland. The team was able to recover the body and hand it over to the Police.
    Our thoughts are with the family of the man concerned.

    14th Feb 2020
    14th Feb 2020
  • Newport 05-02-20 (#010)

    SARA Lifeboat 14 was launched at 0130 to support Gwent Police and South Wales Fire & Rescue Service with a water rescue near the City Centre. A man had entered the water and he was safely rescued by the Fire Service with the SARA boat in support.
    Stood down at 0300.

    5th Feb 2020
    5th Feb 2020
  • Lydney 01-02-20

    At 11:20 we were tasked to a capsized sailing dingy off Lydney dock. SARA Lifeboat 2 the ‘Pride of Sharpness’ was launched and found that the sailor had been recovered aboard another small vessel that had been accompanying the capsized vessel. SARA 2 then recovered the casualty to Lydney docks, handing them over to Chepstow Coastguard.
    Once safely ashore the crew returned to recover the capsized dingy and also tow the second vessel back to Lydney in worsening sea and wind conditions.
    All the sailors were well prepared wearing good PPE and had radios with which to call for help. Always incredibly important!

    1st Feb 2020
    1st Feb 2020
  • M4 Crossing 28-01-20

    The SARA Lifeboats were called out just after 1030. SARA Lifeboat 1 from Beachley was joined by SARA Lifeboats 2 and 4 from Sharpness and RNLI Portishead’s Lifeboat, to support an operation at the Prince of Wales Bridge (M4 Crossing).
    After an extensive search with nothing found, the boats were stood down shortly before 1300.

    28th Jan 2020
    28th Jan 2020
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