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.

  • 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
  • Russell’s Hall 19-11-21

    The Land Search Team from SARA Wyre Forest was tasked by West Midlands Police during the afternoon to assist with a missing person search in the Russell’s Hall area. Crew quickly deployed to scene and started searching. The missing person was later located well outside of the search area.
    Thank you to our colleagues at West Mercia Search & Rescue for deploying alongside us and assisting with the search.

    19th Nov 2021
    19th Nov 2021
  • Newent 19-11-21

    Around 14.30, Gloucestershire Police asked us to help search for a vulnerable missing person in the Newent area. Teams from SARA Cotswolds, Beachley, Sharpness and Tewkesbury Stations joined the search, along with teams from Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group and Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation. We suspended the search at 23.00.
    The person was fortunately found safe and well by police in the small hours and received support.

    19th Nov 2021
    19th Nov 2021
  • Newport 17-11-21

    Following a request from Gwent Police, SARA Lifeboat 14 ‘The Maureen Easton’ was launched this morning to investigate sightings of a possible body in the River Usk.
    Crewed by members of SARA Newport & Beachley Stations, a search was conducted from Uskmouth up river to the M4 bridge. Nothing was found and the lifeboat returned to base mid-morning.

    17th Nov 2021
    17th Nov 2021
  • M48 Severn Bridge 16-11-21

    HM Coastguard Chepstow at 16.30 today asked SARA Beachley to assist with a search for a vulnerable person who it was thought may have entered the water in the vicinity of the Severn Bridge.
    SARA Lifeboat 1 ‘The Jim Hewitt’ was launched and completed searches upstream and downstream of the Severn Bridge. SARA Sharpness crew were brought to station readiness in case further support was required.
    Whilst the search was in progress, the person was found by the Police inland, safe and well, and the lifeboats were stood down at 1830.

    16th Nov 2021
    16th Nov 2021
  • Worcester 14-11-21

    Land search crew from SARA Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury Stations were asked by West Mercia Search & Rescue to assist West Mercia Police with a missing person search in the Worcester area today.
    Sadly, during the search, a body was located outside of our search areas.
    The thoughts of all the crew are with the friends and family of the deceased.

    14th Nov 2021
    14th Nov 2021
  • Ogof Ffynnon Ddu Cave Rescue 6 to 8-11-21

    Whilst not a SARA callout, at least 6 SARA members who are also members of Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group were part of the team which helped to rescue the injured caver in the longest duration ever cave rescue in Wales. Other SARA members were also involved in taking 8 oxygen cylinders, from SARA and from GCRG’s depot, to the location. Well done to all!

    9th Nov 2021
    9th Nov 2021
  • Bristol (Leigh Woods) 05-11-21

    The SARA Beachley land team was called out this morning to support our colleagues at ASSAR with a search in the Bristol area. ASSAR had been out searching since the small hours.

    Sadly a body was discovered around 4pm. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the man concerned.

    5th Nov 2021
    5th Nov 2021
  • Frampton on Severn 17-10-21

    At 1445hrs SARA Sharpness was asked by Gloucestershire Constabulary to assist in a search for a person in the water in the Frampton on Severn area. They immediately deployed an SRT and boat team and both searched into the night before standing down.

    17th Oct 2021
    17th Oct 2021
  • Robinswood, Gloucester 17-10-21

    Land search teams from Beachley, Cotswolds, Tewkesbury and Wyre Forest Stations were asked by Gloucestershire Constabulary to assist in the search for a missing person in the Robinswood area of Gloucester this afternoon. Those supporting Wiltshire Search and Rescue redeployed to Gloucester. The search was suspended in the evening but the person has since been found safe and well.

    17th Oct 2021
    17th Oct 2021
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