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.

  • Saltwells 03-07-24

    We were once again contacted by West Midlands Police to assist with a missing person search in the Saltwells Nature Reserve area.

    After police investigation, the search area was narrowed down and crew from SARA Wyre Forest deployed to search a wooded section alongside our colleagues from West Mercia Search & Rescue.

    As crew were searching the woods, the missing gentleman was located safe and well by police at a near by address. Crews from both volunteer organisations stood down and returned home.

    3rd Jul 2024
    3rd Jul 2024
  • Saltwells, Dudley 30-06-24

    We were contacted by West Midlands Police just after 11am to assist with a missing person investigation in the Saltwells Area of Dudley.
    Crew from Wyre Forest, Tewkesbury, West Mercia Search & Rescue and Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team were all enroute to assist when the missing lady was located and given assistance by the ambulance.

    All SAR assets were stood down and the volunteer crews resumed their Sundays.

    30th Jun 2024
    30th Jun 2024
  • Newport 30-06-24

    Just after sunrise on Sunday morning, the SARA Newport lifeboat crew were tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist with an incident on the River Usk.

    Due to the state of tide, Rescue 20 was deployed to allow for the shallower water with low tide being an hour away. Other assistants were also called upon to assist with the incident. However just as our crew arrived on the scene, the missing person was located onshore.

    30th Jun 2024
    30th Jun 2024
  • Wintours Leap, Chepstow 29-06-24

    Towards the end of Saturday afternoon, our rope rescue team was called out to Wintours Leap. A climber had fallen a short distance in the area below The Broadwalk ledge, and initially thought he had broken a leg.

    This was a real multi-agency response, with HART paramedics quickly on scene together with a SARA doctor, the police closing the road, a Coastguard helicopter on standby and rope team leaders SARA and Fire working out the best solution. A lifeboat was initially tasked but it was very low tide in the Wye so this was stood down.
    Once he had been assessed and reassured, the casualty was able to walk, albeit slowly. A rope system was set up to support him, and the attendant helping him, to steadily ascend up ‘Easy Way Down’. From there he was assisted to the waiting ambulance. We wish him a speedy recovery.

    29th Jun 2024
    29th Jun 2024
  • Cinderford 23-06-24

    At around 2330, the Land Search Team was requested by Gloucestershire Policeto support the search for a vulnerable elderly man on the eastern side of the Forest of Dean.

    Team members from SARA Tewkesbury, Cotswolds and Beachley were arriving on scene at around 0045 when the missing man was located safe by the Police.
    Many thanks to all who responded.

    23rd Jun 2024
    23rd Jun 2024
  • Gloucester 07 & 08-06-24

    Yesterday (Friday) evening we were again called out by Gloucestershire Constabulary, at around 10pm, and asked to assist in a multi-agency search for a high risk missing person in an area to the north of Gloucester.

    SARA team members from our stations at Beachley, Sharpness, Tewkesbury, Wyre Forest, and Cotswolds all responded. We conducted searches along with the Police and Fire Service, supported by the Ambulance Service and the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 187.

    In the early hours of this morning (Saturday), the missing person was located by the CG helicopter alive and well.

    8th Jun 2024
    8th Jun 2024
  • Edgehills, Cinderford 06-06-23

    We were called out shortly after 1330 yesterday afternoon, to support Gloucestershire Police with a search for a vulnerable missing person in the Edgehills area of the Forest of Dean.

    Land search team members from SARA stations at Beachley, Tewkesbury, Upton and Cotswolds responded; the missing person was located safe by the police as our first crew were arriving at the RV. They were then checked over by a SARA team paramedic.

    6th Jun 2024
    6th Jun 2024
  • Sedbury, Chepstow 25 & 26-05-21

    The week long river search at Chepstow reached its sad conclusion on Sunday morning.

    As we reported earlier the SARA Beachley team was deployed on Monday and Tuesday, along with colleagues from SARA Newport.

    On Thursday (23 May) the Beachley boats SARA Lifeboats 1 and 3 conducted a high water search of the River Wye up as far as Lancault.

    Then on Saturday (25 May) we arranged – together with the Police – to work with colleagues from Oxfordshire Search & Rescue to conduct a search with their dog trained specifically for water searches, and their advanced sonar.

    The search dog worked from our small boat Rescue 5, whilst SARA Lifeboat 3 supported an OxSAR boat which was conducting sonar searches. Extensive searches were conducted but nothing was found.

    Then just after 0700 on Sunday (26 May) we were paged by HM Coastguard to the area of St Pierre Pill, just downriver from the mouth of the Wye. SARA Lifeboats 1 and 3 were launched again, and working with Chepstow Coastguard retrieved the body which was handed over to the police and ambulance service.

    We are glad that we could help to bring this sad search to a conclusion, and our thoughts remain very much with the family and friends of the young man concerned.

    Many thanks to Lowland Rescue Oxfordshire for the support.

    26th May 2024
    26th May 2024
  • Gloucester 24-05-24

    At 1217 this afternoon, whilst SARA Lifeboat 6 from SARA Sharpness was escorting the tall ships along the Gloucester And Sharpness Canal, we were informed by the Canal & River Trust of a male in the River Severn near the Gloucester Quay wall.

    Our lifeboat made best speed along the canal and through Gloucester lock to the location, where the male was located holding on to a life ring which had been thrown by a passer by. Our crew recovered him from the water and into the boat where he was handed over to the Ambulance Service.

    Thank you to the Canal and River Trust for their swift actions in creating a clear route for our lifeboat, opening several bridges and preparing the lock for our arrival.
    Also in attendance were Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service.

    24th May 2024
    24th May 2024
  • Worcester 23-04-24

    Crew from our Wyre Forest, Upton and Tewkesbury stations deployed to Worcester this morning, alongside West Mercia Search & Rescue, to assist West Mercia Police with a missing person investigation.

    Specialist boat crew and land search technicians quickly arrived on scene and carried out multiple searches along the River Severn.

    Thankfully, in the middle of the afternoon, the missing girl was located by our police colleagues.
    This was another great example of multiple agencies coming together to assist our local community.
    We would like to thank the Worcester Sea Scouts for allowing us to launch the boats on their slipway, Howdens Worcester for allowing the land teams to park on the carpark and also a resident of King Stephen’s Mount for allowing the teams to access the search area via their garden.

    23rd May 2024
    23rd May 2024
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