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.

  • Worcester 13-03-21

    Shortly after 2:30pm, boat crew from SARA Wyre Forest were tasked to search the River Severn in Worcester by West Mercia Police to assist with a missing person investigation.
    With nothing found, the crew were stood down just before 7pm and returned to station pending further investigation by the police.

    13th Mar 2021
    13th Mar 2021
  • Worcester 11-03-21

    Boat crew from SARA Wyre Forest Station were tasked by West Midlands Police to assist with a missing person investigation.
    The crew launched their boat in Worcester and carried out a search of the River Severn. Sadly, during the search, a body was found which was then recovered in a dignified manner alongside colleagues from West Mercia Police.
    The thoughts of the crew are with the friends and family.

    11th Mar 2021
    11th Mar 2021
  • Sharpness 28-02-21

    During a beautiful morning’s training the SARA Sharpness lifeboat crews came across a vessel adrift in the river.
    After recovering the vessel to the station, crews continued with training exercises and on their return the vessel’s owner was located and the two were gratefully reunited.

    28th Feb 2021
    28th Feb 2021
  • Bream 27-02-21

    The Beachley Land Team was called out late in the afternoon to support Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person operation in the Forest of Dean area, close to Bream. GFRS and HART also attended. The Tewkesbury Team was also called out but stood down en route.
    The Beachley team was then stood down around 1900, with everyone safe and well. Thanks to everyone who responded.

    27th Feb 2021
    27th Feb 2021
  • Stroud 13-02-21

    SARA search teams were deployed to the Stroud area twice no Sat 13 Feb, to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary with a search for a missing man.
    Land teams from SARA Tewkesbury and SARA Beachley were first tasked around 0300, and searched for several hours before being stood down. They returned again at 1330, searching different areas (in the gentle snow!) as more information became available, and were joined by a water search team from SARA Sharpness. With nothing found, the teams were stood down around 1800.
    Teams were preparing to deploy again the following day, Sun 14 Feb, but thankfully the missing man was found by the Police safe and well, following further sightings, and the SARA teams were stood down.

    13th Feb 2021
    13th Feb 2021
  • Sharpness 06-02-21

    Immediate tasking at 2349hrs to assist Gloucestershire Police with a search for a missing person near Sharpness Docks.
    Lifeboat 4 was launched to assist with the search due to the low tide state. Shortly after arriving on scene, at 0020, we were stood down as the person had thankfully been located by Police in the nearby area and returned to station.
    A chilly evening but a good outcome in the end.

    6th Feb 2021
    6th Feb 2021
  • Lydney 05-02-21

    Sharpness lifeboat was tasked at 2340hrs on Fri 5 Feb to reports of a person in distress in the water off of Lydney. Due to the small tide SARA Lifeboat 4 was launched first and tasked to search the West Bank from Sharpness to Lydney.
    With the Gloucestershire Constabulary drone above and NPAS having already made a sweep of the immediate area as well, we were joined by SARA Lifeboat 2 and commenced a search from Wellhouse Bay to Hock cliff. With nothing being found, a reciprocal search pattern was performed back to Sharpness where both boats were then stood down.
    The shouts of a person reported are suspected to be a call with good intent. Both boats stood down and recovered at 0150hrs.

    5th Feb 2021
    5th Feb 2021
  • Moreton-in-Marsh 04-02-21

    Land search teams from SARA Beachley and Tewkesbury Stations were called out around 1930, to support Gloucestershire Police with a missing person search in the area of Aston Magna, near Moreton-in-Marsh. SARDA (South Wales) and the Coastguard helicopter were also involved.
    Teams were stood down around midnight

    4th Feb 2021
    4th Feb 2021
  • Hook Norton 26-01-21

    Land Search Crew from Tewkesbury deployed late on 26 Jan, to assist with the search for a missing gentleman in the Hook Norton area of Oxfordshire.
    SARA crew members joined search and rescue teams from Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire and Police Officers from Thames Valley Police.
    The missing gentleman was located safe and well in the early hours with Tewkesbury crew members standing down at approximately 0300 to return to station to de-contaminate, prep for the next callout, and get ready for work at 0900.

    26th Jan 2021
    26th Jan 2021
  • #03: Beachley 25/26-01-21

    The two SARA Beachley Lifeboats were launched around 4pm on Monday afternoon (25 Jan), to support the police and coastguard with a search in the vicinity of the M48 Severn Bridge. They conducted a thorough search, supported by both the police and coastguard helicopters and a coastguard shore team. With nothing found, they recovered shorty after 6pm.

    The smaller SARA Lifeboat 3 was launched again at midday on Tuesday, to continue the search at low water. Again nothing was found after an extensive search and the lifeboat was recovered just after 2pm.

    Our thoughts are with the family of the missing man concerned.

    26th Jan 2021
    26th Jan 2021
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