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.

  • River Severn (Middle Grounds) 12-06-21

    At 1625hrs the team received a page from Milford Haven Coastguard regarding a vessel in need of immediate help over Newport ‘Middle grounds’ on the Severn Estuary, and the team responded with SARA Lifeboat 14. Also en route to the incident were RNLI Portishead in an Atlantic Lifeboat, and SARA Lifeboat 3 from SARA Beachley.
    With the larger RNLI boat at the scene and managing the situation, both SARA Lifeboats were stood down. The RNLI put the vessel under tow and both the boat and the crew were rescued without incident.

    12th Jun 2021
    12th Jun 2021
  • Sedbury, Chepstow 08-06-21

    Not long after SARA 3 had been recovered and turned around, at 15.52 we were tasked by Gloucestershire Police to search for a missing person in area o Sedbury Cliffs, on the Severn. The NPAS police helicopter and a police dog team had been unable to locate a missing lady.

    Personnel from SARA Tewksbury and Chepstow Coastguard were also deployed and a trailing dog team from Serve On Search and Rescue Dogs was en route, when the missing person was located safe and well by the SARA team.

    8th Jun 2021
    8th Jun 2021
  • Sudbrook 08-06-21

    Gwent Police called at 1258 concerning a person reported to be stuck in the mud in the Sudbrook area. Following liaison with ChepstowCoastguard, SARA Lifeboat 3 launched to the area of POW Bridge. Continuing liaison with Coastguard indicated that the people involved were beach combing and were not in danger.
    A false alarm with good intentions; SARA 3 was stood down and returned to Beachley.

    8th Jun 2021
    8th Jun 2021
  • Shrivenham 04 & 05-06-21

    In the early hours of Friday morning, Tewkesbury Land Search teams were requested to assist our colleagues at Oxfordshire Lowland Rescue in the search for a missing lady near Swindon. SARA Crews were on scene until evening. Despite reports of potential sightings from members of the public, the missing lady was not found.
    Crews continued searching on Saturday to support ALSAR teams, which by this time now numbered approximately 105 search personnel from across the region with further crews arriving from Warwickshire Search and Rescue and Shropshire Search and Rescue.
    We are pleased to report that as Saturday drew to a close, the missing lady was found alive by a member of the public.

    5th Jun 2021
    5th Jun 2021
  • Bromsgrove 31-05-21

    Around 1030pm teams from Tewkesbury and Wyre Forest were deployed to Bromsgrove to support West Mercia Police with a search. Thanks fully the missing person was located safe and well by 11.30pm and our teams could be stood down.

    31st May 2021
    31st May 2021
  • Monmouth (again) 31-05-21

    At 9.30pm Beachley and Newport water rescue teams & boats were again called to Monmouth, to reports of a body in the water.
    Along with the Fire Service this was investigated, but concluded to be a false alarm with good intent, and we were stood down at 10.30pm.

    31st May 2021
    31st May 2021
  • Severn at Lydney 31-05-21

    Shortly before 9pm the SARA Sharpness and Beachley lifeboats were called out by the Coastguard, on reports of missing / overdue kayakers somewhere below Lydney.
    They were located safe after about 20 minutes, when they arrived at the Beachley Slipway

    31st May 2021
    31st May 2021
  • Monmouth 31-05-21

    Just after 5.30pm, Beachley and Newport water rescue teams, including a boat, were scrambled to head to the Monmouth area, where Gwent Police were concerned for a missing child.
    She was reported found safe not long after 6 and we were stood down as arriving on scene.

    31st May 2021
    31st May 2021
  • May Hill 31-05-21

    We were called at just after 1am to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a missing person in the Mayhill area. Teams from Beachley, Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury stations, and a dog team from SARDA South Wales searched until the missing person was thankfully found well but cold at 6am by Gloucestershire Police a short distance outside our search area.
    Many of the SARA members that responded had been involved in the Wild Wye SwimRun and the callout near Devil’s Pulpit that day.

    31st May 2021
    31st May 2021
  • Shorncliff, Tintern 30-05-21

    On Sunday afternoon at 15.25 (after many of the crew had spent the morning supporting the Wild Wye SwimRun) we were asked to help South West Ambulance Service (SWAST) extract an injured person who had fallen near Devil’s Pulpit.
    Our land team quickly responded and assembled in a remote forest area below Devil’s Pulpit to assist SWAST carry the injured person on a stretcher down to a forest track. This was across steep wooded slopes with moss covered loose rock.
    SARA training and team work ensured we were able to carry out a swift and safe recovery before transferring the injured person to an ambulance, and we were stood down at 17.10.

    30th May 2021
    30th May 2021
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