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.

  • Newport 05-02-20 (#010)

    SARA Lifeboat 14 was launched at 0130 to support Gwent Police and South Wales Fire & Rescue Service with a water rescue near the City Centre. A man had entered the water and he was safely rescued by the Fire Service with the SARA boat in support.
    Stood down at 0300.

    5th Feb 2020
    5th Feb 2020
  • Lydney 01-02-20

    At 11:20 we were tasked to a capsized sailing dingy off Lydney dock. SARA Lifeboat 2 the ‘Pride of Sharpness’ was launched and found that the sailor had been recovered aboard another small vessel that had been accompanying the capsized vessel. SARA 2 then recovered the casualty to Lydney docks, handing them over to Chepstow Coastguard.
    Once safely ashore the crew returned to recover the capsized dingy and also tow the second vessel back to Lydney in worsening sea and wind conditions.
    All the sailors were well prepared wearing good PPE and had radios with which to call for help. Always incredibly important!

    1st Feb 2020
    1st Feb 2020
  • M4 Crossing 28-01-20

    The SARA Lifeboats were called out just after 1030. SARA Lifeboat 1 from Beachley was joined by SARA Lifeboats 2 and 4 from Sharpness and RNLI Portishead’s Lifeboat, to support an operation at the Prince of Wales Bridge (M4 Crossing).
    After an extensive search with nothing found, the boats were stood down shortly before 1300.

    28th Jan 2020
    28th Jan 2020
  • Llanfoist 26-01-20 (#007)

    The SARA Newport Swift water Rescue Team was deployed during the early hours of the morning, to support South Wales FRS with an operation on the River Usk at Llanfoist.
    The team was stood down at approx 03.00, with the person concerned safe and well.

    26th Jan 2020
    26th Jan 2020
  • Shipton Oliffe 12-01-20 (#006)

    The SARA Search Teams were called out shortly at 0330, to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a high risk missing person in the Cheltenham area.
    As the teams from SARA Tewkesbury, Sharpness, Beachley and Wyre Forest were making their way to the RV, the police informed us they had just located the person alive (in an elevated deer watching hide), using their dog, and we were stood down.
    Many thanks to The Frogmill Hotel for the warm, dry rooms and for the refreshments, and to all the team members who responded.

    12th Jan 2020
    12th Jan 2020
  • Sharpness Flood Rescue 09-01-20 (#005)

    As SARA Sharpness crew were heading home from an evening training one of our Coxswains came upon a stranded car in floodwater with a young female driver.
    The police on scene requested we assist and those still on station deployed and rescued the understandably upset lady.

    9th Jan 2020
    9th Jan 2020
  • M4 Prince of Wales Bridge 06-01-20 (#004)

    The SARA lifeboats were called out shortly after 1am, to support an operation on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge. Lifeboats 1 and 3 from SARA Beachley, and Lifeboats 2 and 4 from SARA Sharpness Lifeboat Station were all launched. Together with the Coastguard Helicopter they conducted an extensive search of a large area of the Rivers Severn and Wye on an incoming tide.
    The crews were stood down around 6am, having searched for over 4 hours but not finding anything.
    SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched again later in the morning, to renew the search of the Severn. Sadly a body was found shortly after 9am and was recovered back to Beachley.
    Our thoughts are with the family of the man concerned at this difficult time.

    6th Jan 2020
    6th Jan 2020
  • Wyndcliffe 05-01-20 (#003)

    A brief callout for the SARA Land and Rope Rescue Teams just after 1730. A climber had fallen on one of the Wyndcliffe crags, to the south of Tintern; we were asked to support South Wales Fire and Rescue Service with extracting him.
    However the Coastguard helicopter was quickly on scene and the emergency services managed his evacuation to hospital; the SARA teams were stood down whilst making their way to the RV. Longtown MRT were also en route.

    5th Jan 2020
    5th Jan 2020
  • Newport 03-01-20

    Tasked by South Wales Fire Service at 1815 to reports of a person in the River Usk, around the George Street Bridge Area.
    Resources were mobilised, but thankfully this turned out to be a false alarm with good intent; resources were able to stand down and return to station.

    3rd Jan 2020
    3rd Jan 2020
  • Staunton 01-01-20

    Land Search Teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury were called out to Staunton in the Forest of Dean, around 6.45pm. They were requested to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a vulnerable missing person.
    Thankfully as the teams were assembling at the RV point, the police reported that the missing person had been located safe and well elsewhere. The SARA Teams were stood down just before 8pm.

    1st Jan 2020
    1st Jan 2020
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