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.

  • Lower Wye 13-04-21

    SARA was called out by Gwent Police in the early afternoon to assist with a search on the Lower River Wye for a missing person.
    SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched from Beachley and searched upstream as far as Wyndcliff. The smaller craft SARA Rescue 5, which can operate in shallower water, launched from Tintern and carried out a search downstream.
    Thankfully the person was confirmed safe and well by police and both craft returned to Beachley.

    13th Apr 2021
    13th Apr 2021
  • Uskmouth 11-04-21

    During SARA Newport’s routine Sunday morning training on the Usk, crew were alerted to a person who required their assistance.
    A sailing club member had tried to recover a homemade buoy from the mud and become stuck, so they alerted SARA.
    One of the crew members, with 2 body boards, an inflatable sponson and a line went out and free’d the casualty, who was then able to self rescue back across the mud.

    11th Apr 2021
    11th Apr 2021
  • Long Newnton, Tetbury 05-04-21

    SARA was called out around 8.30pm to the village of Long Newnton, near Tetbury, to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person search. Land Search teams from our Tewkesbury and Beachley stations and from Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group were deployed, along with a water search team from SARA Sharpness and Serve On Search and Rescue Dogs.

    Sadly during the search the body of a man was found, and a small SARA team worked with the police to recover the body. Teams were then stood down, with the last crew arriving home around 4am.

    Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man concerned.

    5th Apr 2021
    5th Apr 2021
  • Stourport 02-04-21

    Just before 11:30pm on 1 April, the crew of SARA Forest Station were tasked by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service to assist West Mercia Police with a missing person search in the Stourport area. The crew, who had not long returned from training, deployed to scene just after midnight. Also in attendance were our colleagues from West Mercia Search & Rescue and the drone team from Wyre Forest Fire Station. Crews searched through the night, standing down around 5am.

    Around midday, still on 2 April, the crew were again asked to deploy to Stourport to assist with the ongoing search. SARA Tewkesbury was also asked to assist.

    As the crew were searching around the canals and waterways in Stourport, the missing person was located safe and well by a member of public and the police, slightly further along the canal network.

    2nd Apr 2021
    2nd Apr 2021
  • Clevedon 30-03-21

    SARA Lifeboat 3 ‘Swift and Bold’ was launched just after 3pm, to go to the aid of a yacht which had run aground near Clevedon.
    Working at very low water, the SARA crew worked with the larger Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat, which towed the yacht up to Portishead. There she was handed over to RNLI Portishead, who had just launched their B-Class lifeboat.

    30th Mar 2021
    30th Mar 2021
  • Bewdley 30-03-21

    The SARA Wyre Forest crew were tasked by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue control to assist with the recovery of an injured goose in Bewdley around 10am
    The crew launched rescue boat SARA 26 and in a combined effort with a shore team, were able to recover the goose to safety.
    The goose was then transported to a rescue centre to be checked over and the crew recovered the boat, returned to station and decontaminated the kit ready for the next tasking.

    30th Mar 2021
    30th Mar 2021
  • Coleport 28-03-21

    Shortly after 8:30am, the SARA Wyre Forest land search team was asked to provide mutual assistance to West Mercia Search & Rescue with an ongoing missing person search in the Coalport area. Also in attendance were Staffordshire Search and Rescue.
    The team was stood down around 6pm with nothing having been found.

    28th Mar 2021
    28th Mar 2021
  • Newport 27-03-21

    An Immediate launch request just before 1pm for SARA Newport to support Gwent Police & South Wales Fire and Rescue Service with an ongoing incident close to Newport City Centre.
    The crew launched the new low water rescue boat and were also supported by HM Coastguard Chepstow. All assets have since stood down with the person involved being reported as safe.

    27th Mar 2021
    27th Mar 2021
  • Over, Gloucester 26-03-21

    At 2254 hrs, the Sharpness crew were tasked with an immediate launch to assist Gloucestershire fire and rescue service with a search for a person believed to be in the water in the vicinity of Over bridge in Gloucester.
    Just as they launched their first boat, the person made it out of the river and to the safety of dry land where they were accompanied by officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary.
    With all boats recovered, the crew were stood down at 2340hrs.

    26th Mar 2021
    26th Mar 2021
  • Redditch Bird Rescue 22-03-21

    Shortly after 3pm, SARA Wyre Forest was contacted by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Control to assist the RSPCA (England & Wales) with a bird rescue in Arrow Valley Park, Redditch.
    Due to access restrictions and to minimise stress to the bird, the crew deployed one of our rescue sleds and were able to cut the fishing line that was tangling the Egret in a tree about 8ft above the water.
    Returning to the shore with the Egret, it was taken by the RSPCA to get checked over.
    We heard later that evening that there appears to be no damage to the bird’s wings and he will hopefully be released later in the week.

    22nd Mar 2021
    22nd Mar 2021
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