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 Gornal, Dudley 12-09-21

    Today crew from SARA Wyre Forest were deployed by West Midlands Police to assist with a missing person investigation in the Lower Gornal area near Dudley.
    Also in attendance were West Mercia Search & Rescue and Warwickshire Search & Rescue.
    During the search, one of our crew located a body. After further police investigation, the assembled teams were able to recover the gentleman in a dignified manner.
    The thoughts of the crew are with the friends and family.

    12th Sep 2021
    12th Sep 2021
  • River Severn M4 POW Bridge 12-09-21

    SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched this afternoon to assist the Police and Coastguard with a low water search in the area of the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge. Nothing was found and the boat was recovered 3 hours after launching.

    12th Sep 2021
    12th Sep 2021
  • Sandwell Valley 08-09-21

    We were called our this morning by West Midlands Police, to assist with a missing person search in the Sandwell Valley area. Crew from SARA Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury Stations responded, along with searchers from West Mercia Search & Rescue and Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team.

    After a long day searching in some heavily over grown areas, we are pleased to report that the missing person was safely located during the evening by police, outside of our search area.

    Thank you to all those that attended and it was another example of some great multiagency working.

    8th Sep 2021
    8th Sep 2021
  • Chepstow 28-08-21

    Shortly before 0300 we were called to reports of a person in the water near the Old Wye Bridge on the River Wye in Chepstow. We launched two of our lifeboats, SARA 3 from Beachley and SARA 14 SARA Newport Lifeboat Station, which had just been stood down from a callout in Newport whilst on the road.

    The person was rescued from the water by SARA Lifeboat 14, and handed over to the ambulance service at Beachley slip for treatment.

    28th Aug 2021
    28th Aug 2021
  • Newport 28-08-21

    The SARA Newport crew was called out just after 0230, assist a rescue of persons who had entered the River Usk at Newport. They were stood down en route, following a successful rescue from the Fire & Rescue Service.

    28th Aug 2021
    28th Aug 2021
  • River Severn 24-08-21

    Whilst still travelling back from this search the SARA Beachley team was asked by Gloucestershire Police for assistance with a search of a section of the River Severn, utilising our inshore Lifeboat SARA 3 and land team members for a search of an area of the river bank.
    Nothing was found and the team stood down as the light faded.

    24th Aug 2021
    24th Aug 2021
  • North Nibley, Dursley 24-08-21

    Gloucestershire Police contacted us on Tuesday morning for help with a missing person search in the North Nibley area. Team members from SARA Cotswolds, Beachley and Tewkesbury all responded, and we were very grateful for help from Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue and Wiltshire Search and Rescue (both of whom also helped with a search last Tuesday!),

    During the course of the search, the police informed us that the missing person had travelled out of the search area, and so the search was stood down.

    24th Aug 2021
    24th Aug 2021
  • River Severn 23-08-21

    At 1800 on Monday evening we were tasked to search part of the River Severn, after reports of an object in the water. SARA Lifeboat 1 from Beachley and 3 of the smaller lifeboats from SARA Sharpness were all launched.

    While on this search we were also tasked by Gwent Police to support their operation with a vulnerable person on the Prince of Wales Bridge.

    Once the person was confirmed as secure with the police, the lifeboat crews continued the river search until stood down with nothing found.

    23rd Aug 2021
    23rd Aug 2021
  • Prince of Wales (M4) Bridge 18-08-21

    At 1350hrs SARA lifeboats were requested to assist with an incident between the Prince of Wales and M48 Bridges.
    SARA Lifeboat 2 ‘The Pride of Sharpness’ and Lifeboat 4 were both launched, along with SARA Lifeboat 1 from Beachley, and proceeded to the location.
    Whilst they were en route, the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 187 located and winched the casualty from the River Severn to safety.

    18th Aug 2021
    18th Aug 2021
  • Halesowen 17-08-21

    Just before 9am, the Wyre Forest crew were tasked by West Midlands Police to assist with a missing person investigation in the Halesowen area.
    With the ongoing search in progress in Dursley, we asked West Mercia Search & Rescue and Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team to assist us (Warwickshire Search and Rescue were also asked to assist but were deploying to their own search).
    Shortly after teams deployed, the missing gentleman was located safe and well by a police dog team.
    Thank you to Asda Barnes Hill for allowing us to use their carpark as an RV.

    17th Aug 2021
    17th Aug 2021
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