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 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
  • Dursley 17-08-21

    SARA was contacted at 02:30am by Gloucestershire Police for assistance with a search for a vulnerable missing person in the Dursley area. Teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury responded, and were grateful for the assistance of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue and a dog team from the Search and Rescue Dog Association South Wales.
    Thankfully the missing person was found safe by a member of the public just before midday.

    17th Aug 2021
    17th Aug 2021
  • Tidenham 04-08-21

    Today the team continued the search for a missing person which we started at the weekend. It included a more intense search from the water along the River Wye as well as continuing the land search in the Tidenham Chase area. Crew members from our SARA’s Beachley, Cotswolds , Tewkesbury and Newport stations all took part.

    We will respond to any requests from Gloucestershire Police for further support. Meanwhile our thoughts remain with the family of the missing person.

    4th Aug 2021
    4th Aug 2021
  • Sudbrook 01-08-21

    This afternoon around 5pm Welsh Ambulance Service (WAST) asked us to assist their hazardous area response (HART) team, helping to recover an injured child who had fallen from the Welsh Coast Path near Sudbrook – close to the Second Severn Crossing. The recovery involved moving the child on a stretcher from rocks and mud next to the path and along the shoreline before lifting the stretcher up the rocks to safety and a waiting ambulance.

    Chepstow Coastguard were also on scene. We wish the child, who is now recovering in hospital, a speedy recovery.

    1st Aug 2021
    1st Aug 2021
  • Tidenham 30 & 31-07-21

    On Friday morning (30 July) we were called out to the Tidenham area of the Forest of Dean to support Gloucestershire Police with a missing person search. Teams formed from members of the SARA Stations at Beachley, Tewkesbury and Cotswolds together with colleagues from Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group searched until being stood down at 1830.

    The search was resumed the following morning (Sat 31 July), with additional support from SARA Sharpness, Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue and two dogs from SARDA (South Wales). Despite an extensive search, which included a lifeboat search of the Wye on both days, nothing was found and the SARA teams were stood down at 1800.

    The police operation remained ongoing and our thoughts are with the family of the missing man.

    31st Jul 2021
    31st Jul 2021
  • Newport 25-07-21

    Around 9am the SARA Newport crew launched to reports of a drifting vessel in the city centre area of the River Usk. She was subsequently safely secured and the SARA boat recovered

    25th Jul 2021
    25th Jul 2021
  • Newport 25-07-21

    SARA Newport were called out this morning, just before 9am. A vessel had been seen drifting near George St Bridge, and a concerned member of the public had called 999. SARA Lifeboat 14 was launched as an Immediate callout to investigate. The vessel had beached itself and appeared to be a stores hulk which had come loose upstream. She was refloated, towed to safety and handed over to the Coastguard.

    25th Jul 2021
    25th Jul 2021
  • River Wye Wyndcliffe 21-07-21

    The SARA Beachley team was called out at 1430. Two well-prepared kayakers making their way from Brockweir to Chepstow on the outgoing tide had fallen behind schedule this afternoon and one had become injured on rocks, unable to proceed. They were effectively stuck in a remote corner of the Lower Wye below Wyndcliff and had called the Coastguard.

    They were initially located by a SARA SRT team member who had deployed on foot after accusing the riverbank on a private track off the A466. They were given much needed drinking water – the injured kayaker having managed to get back into her craft. SARA Lifeboat 1 was launched, initially to assist the kayakers who were contemplating making their way back upstream since the tide had turned.

    It quickly turned out that the injured kayaker could not continue, so the kayaks and kayakers were loaded onto SARA 1 and transported back to safety at Beachley, from where onward transport could be arranged.
    A hot afternoon to be out in drysuits; well done and thanks to all concerned.

    23rd Jul 2021
    23rd Jul 2021
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