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.

  • Wintour’s Leap 05-08-19

    SARA Beachley Lifeboat Crew were called out just before 6pm. They were tasked to support Gloucestershire Police and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service with the recovery of a body from the base of the Wintour’s Leap cliffs.
    Working with GFRS, and at very low tide, the team was able to transfer the stretcher from the woods onto SARA Lifeboat 3, and recover it back to Beachley.
    The police have said his next of kin has been informed.

    5th Aug 2019
    5th Aug 2019
  • Dursley 29-07-19

    Land search teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury Stations were called out to the Dursley area (again) at 8.30pm, to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person search.
    Thankfully the person concerned was located by the police, safe and well, just as our teams were about to be deployed out on the ground, and the SARA teams were then stood down.

    29th Jul 2019
    29th Jul 2019
  • Beachley 27-07-19

    Around 9.30am SARA was asked, by the Coastguard, to recover a body from the bank of the Severn.
    We launched our smaller Lifeboat 3 and brought the body of the man to Beachley, where he was handed over to the Police and Coastguard.

    27th Jul 2019
    27th Jul 2019
  • M48 Bridge 22-07-19 (3rd lifeboat call in 3 days)

    SARA Lifeboat 1, Lifeboat 3, and Lifeboat 14 were launched to a person reportedly jumped from the M48 Bridge.
    Area searches were completed alongside NPAS, Coastguard Helicopter and Coastguard land teams, along with HART paramedics from SWASFT.
    Crews were stood down at 16:37
    This was the 3rd immediate launch for SARA crews in 3 days

    22nd Jul 2019
    22nd Jul 2019
  • M48 Bridge 20-7-19

    On a second callout of the day, SARA Lifeboat crews were called out shortly after 23.30, to support the Police and Coastguard with an operation on the M48 Severn Bridge. SARA Lifeboats 1 and 4 were launched, along with the new SARA Lifeboat 2 ‘Pride of Sharpness’, on her first callout although not yet officially in service.
    The RNLI Portishead Lifeboat was also launched, and Coastguard land-based teams and the Coastguard helicopter were deployed. SARA Lifeboat 14 was again brought to Beachley and prepared for launch.
    Thankfully the police were able to conclude the operation with everyone safe and well, and the lifeboats were stood down shortly after 1am.

    20th Jul 2019
    20th Jul 2019
  • M4 Crossing 20-7-19

    The SARA Beachley Lifeboat Crew were called out in the early afternoon, to support the Police and Coastguard with an operation in the area of the M4 Second Severn Crossing.
    With the low tide, SARA Lifeboat 3 and Rescue Boat 5 were launched, with NHS HART Paramedics onboard the lifeboat. They conducted searches in conjunction with the Coastguard Helicopter, before being stood down and recovered back at Beachley.
    SARA Lifeboat 14 from Newport was also brought to Beachley and was being prepared for launch when we were stood down.

    20th Jul 2019
    20th Jul 2019
  • Stow-on-the-Wold 19-07-19

    Land Teams were called out to Stow at 1900, to search for a missing person.
    Stood down at 2100, as the missing person had been located by the police.

    19th Jul 2019
    19th Jul 2019
  • Purton 15-0719

    SARA Sharpness were tasked at 1815 to two persons on the sand banks near Purton.
    During launch the persons managed to get to safety and the lifeboat was stood down.

    15th Jul 2019
    15th Jul 2019
  • Ampney St Peter 12-07-19

    Early in the afternoon of Fri 12 July we were called out to Ampney Saint Peter, east of Cirencester, to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person search. Land Teams from our Tewkesbury, Wyre Forest and Beachley Stations, plus a Water Team from SARA Sharpness and colleagues from Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group, conducted a series of searches across the area until after dark.
    The volunteers were all stood down around 10pm, with nothing having been found.
    — —
    We were saddened to learn the following (Saturday) afternoon that the Police have announced that they had found the body of the missing man. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

    12th Jul 2019
    12th Jul 2019
  • Yacht in distress 9-7-19

    SARA Lifeboat 1 ‘The Jim Hewitt’ was launched this afternoon, called out by the Coastguard to go to the aid of a vessel in distress on the Severn, opposite Oldbury Power Station.
    The vessel was a yacht which had fouled her propeller, and the SARA crew was able to take her in tow down river to her mooring in St Pierre Pill.
    Thanks and well done to the crew who rapidly responded this afternoon.

    9th Jul 2019
    9th Jul 2019
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