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.

  • #80: Newport 12-07-20

    The SARA Newport lifeboat crew was called out at 2230, to a person in danger on a bridge in Newport City Centre. They were stood down without launching just after 2300, as the person was safe.

    12th Jul 2020
    12th Jul 2020
  • #79: Newport 06-07-20

    SARA Newport were called out at 0230 to a person in danger on the George St Bridge in Newport. Stood down once it was ascertained that they were not in danger of entering the water.

    6th Jul 2020
    6th Jul 2020
  • #78: West Mercia. 05-07-20

    two boat crews from SARA Wyre Forest were deployed today to support West Mercia Police with a planned search operation. This remains ongoing at the present time.

    5th Jul 2020
    5th Jul 2020
  • #77: Severn Beach cruiser 02-07-20

    A small cruiser making her way down to Bristol from Sharpness had suffered engine failure near Severn Beach during the afternoon, and run aground. SARA Lifeboat 1 was able to tow her to St Pierre Pill, where she could be safely moored. Chepstow Coastguard met us there and took over.
    By coincidence one of our coxswains was out his jetski in the area at the time, and was able to assist.
    This was the 100th callout for SARA Lifeboat 1

    2nd Jul 2020
    2nd Jul 2020
  • #76: Beachley 30-06-20

    The SARA Beachley lifeboat crew were called again just before 10pm – our third lifeboat callout in 3 days.
    There was a report of a car having driven off the slipway at low water and multiple emergency services attended. SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched and searched the possible area of low water to Chapel Rock, and crew explored the end of the slip for signs of anything submerged.
    The crew was stood down after the Coastguard reviewed our CCTV, and ascertained that the vehicle had in fact driven back up and then away, so thankfully this had been a false alarm.
    Many thanks to all who responded to what was no doubt an honest report with good intentions.

    30th Jun 2020
    30th Jun 2020
  • #75: River Severn at Aust 29-06-20

    The SARA Beachley lifeboat crew were called out at 2pm to support Avon & Somerset Police with an operation on the edge of the River Severn near Aust. SARA Lifeboat 1 was launched and stood by, close to the area to assist if required.
    Working with the other emergency services, the police were able to complete the operation from the shore and the lifeboat was subsequently stood down shortly after 3.30pm

    29th Jun 2020
    29th Jun 2020
  • #74: Mouth of the Wye 28-06-20

    Both SARA Beachley lifeboats were deployed to the mouth of the River Wye, around 12 noon towards the end of the morning’s training session, to assist a vessel with 5 persons on board. She had had engine failure and was taking on water, and her crew had sensibly called the Coastguard with a ‘pan pan’ message.
    The ‘Casualty vessel’ had restarted the engine and made good the water ingress on arrival of SARA Lifeboat 3. SARA Lifeboat 1 arrived shortly thereafter and put a crew member aboard to monitor her on the passage back to beachley slip, under escort of both lifeboats.
    The crew then assisted with the recovery of vessel onto their trailer on a very busy slipway.

    28th Jun 2020
    28th Jun 2020
  • #73: River Severn Dinghy / Balloons 16-06-20

    SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched just after 1030, to reports of a dinghy in the area between the two motorway bridges, drifting downstream on the outgoing tide; RNLI Portishead also launched to approach the area from the other direction.
    The ‘dinghy’ turned out to be a large cluster of helium balloons, plus some stragglers. These were all collected and, following a search of the area in case there was something else, handed over to Chepstow Coastguard back at Beachley.
    Many thanks to all who responded so promptly.

    16th Jun 2020
    16th Jun 2020
  • #72: River Severn yacht (Saniger Sands) 13-06-20

    SARA Lifeboat 1 was launched around 3pm, to attend to a yacht aground in the River Severn. Supported by Chepstow Coastguard on shore, the crew approached the yacht, which was on Saniger Sands near Cone Pill, south of Lydney. They were able to ascertain that everyone on board was ok, and that they had sufficient provisions for a long evening – the next high tide being a little after 2am.
    The crew advised the yacht to contact the coastguard if they encountered difficulties in re-floating, and then returned to Beachley to turn the lifeboat around ready for the next call.
    SARA Sharpness also launched SARA Lifeboat 4 and Rescue 12 to assist if required, but on this occasion did not need to get involved.
    Chepstow Coastguard returned to the land side late in the evening, and verified that the yacht was able to reflect satisfactorily.

    13th Jun 2020
    13th Jun 2020
  • Newport 10-06-20

    Called out mid-afternoon to assist our Fire colleagues with the recovery of a dog stuck in the mud in the River Usk, Newport.
    Thankfully as our crew arrived on scene with our Chepstow Coastguard colleagues the dog was safely rescued by the Fire Service.
    We would also like to thank St Julians Inn for their help when we were considering where best to launch for this incident.

    10th Jun 2020
    10th Jun 2020
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