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.

  • Wick (Bath) 07 & 08-09-23

    On Thursday and again today (Friday) we were asked to provide support to Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue with a missing person search in the Wick area, near Bath. Team members from SARA Beachley and Cotswolds stations attended, along with colleagues from Wiltshire Search and Rescue.

    Teams searched on both (very hot!) days until nightfall, but were then stood down with nothing having been found. Many thanks to all who responded.

    Update – the following Tuesday it was announced that the misper has been found safe and well out of the area

    8th Sep 2023
    8th Sep 2023
  • Newport 05-09-23

    Another immediate launch request was received shortly before lunchtime today in support of a police operation on the River Usk at Newport. The third lifeboat tasking in under 48 hours. The person has since been confirmed safe on land.

    5th Sep 2023
    5th Sep 2023
  • Newport 04 & 05-09-23

    SARA lifeboat 14 was requested to launch during the early hours of this morning for the second day running, attending an incident on the River Usk at Newport. Stood down shortly before launch , persons reported safe and well on land.

    5th Sep 2023
    5th Sep 2023
  • River Severn 14-08-23

    About 0530 we were called out by the Coastguard, to search an area of the lower River Severn, following concern for a missing lady. SARA Lifeboat 1 was launched from SARA Beachley and SARA Lifeboats 2 and 4 from SARA Sharpness, and all boats conducted searches of the river on the incoming tide. The searches were supported by the Coastguard and Police helicopters and both Chepstow and Portishead Coastguard Teams, who completed shoreline searches.

    The Sharpness lifeboats SARA 2 & SARA 4 were stood down around 0900, and with the tide now having turned SARA Lifeboat 1 was tasked to continue the search downstream of the M48 Bridge. She returned to Beachley around 0930 and was then recovered due to the falling tide. The smaller SARA Lifeboat 3 was then launched to continue the search further downstream, below the M4 POW Bridge.

    Whilst heading down to their search area, the crew stopped to speak with a kayaker who was making his way downstream to Bristol in case he had seen anything. It was actually the same kayaker that SARA Sharpness had been called out to check on on Sunday. SARA 3 completed its search but around 1145 the crew realised that they had not seen the kayaker again, and they had noticed that the river conditions around the M4 bridge were very choppy. They called the Coastguard to report their concerns and the Coastguard contacted Bristol Vessel Traffic Service (VTS).

    VTS was able to spot the kayak, now upturned, and together with the Coastguard they were were able to vector the SARA Lifeboat onto it in the area of Denny Island. Fortunately, the kayaker – who did not have a radio or any other means of communication – had clung onto his kayak. He was taken aboard the SARA lifeboat and transported to Portishead where he was handed to the care of Portishead RNLI and the local Coastguard Rescue Team. If the SARA crew had not located him he would have been carried out to sea!, on their way the crew liaised with a kayaker, who they subsequently had to rescue and take to safety at Portishead; SARA 3 then completed a further search tasking before returning to Beachley at 1300, with nothing having been found.

    Around this time Avon and Somerset Police had requested that Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue (ASSAR) conduct a land search for the lady, and they requested the support of the SARA Land Search Teams. SARA team members from our stations at Beachley, Tewkesbury and Cotswolds were called out. The combined land search teams from SARA and ASSAR conducted an extensive search of the relevant area, but nothing was found.

    Very sadly however around 1800 we were called again by the Coastguard, to reports of a body on the shoreline near Newnham, and SARA Sharpness deployed two teams to the area. The body was recovered by the Fire Service and HM Coastguard Chepstow, along with Gloucestershire Constabulary, with SARA standing by in case of issues. The Police have subsequently confirmed that this was the body of the missing lady.

    This was a busy and complex day for us, with a number of our volunteers deploying in more than one phase of the operation. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the lady concerned.

    14th Aug 2023
    14th Aug 2023
  • River Severn Slimbridge 13-08-23

    At 1015 hrs, the SARA Sharpness Lifeboat crew were called out to locate and assist a possible kayaker in the water in the Severn Estuary near to Slimbridge Wetlands.

    Our Lifeboat Crew quickly located the kayaker who was making way. We monitored his progress down the river and put a boat in at Sharpness to ensure his safe landing at Lydney where the Coastguard Rescue Team was waiting

    13th Aug 2023
    13th Aug 2023
  • Sharpness 11-08-23

    We were called out around 1700 hrs to assist with a sailing vessel aground on the sands. Two boats from SARA Sharpness launched to assist the yacht, but with the vessel now completely out of the water, its anchor was set and its crew were transferred to shore. The boats then re-launched on the following tide at 0420 hrs to re-float the vessel and recover it back to its port of departure.
    All crew were stood down at 0520 hrs.

    11th Aug 2023
    11th Aug 2023
  • Gloucester 07-08-23

    Around 2130 our Land Search Teams were called out to the Hardwicke area of Gloucester to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary in locating a missing elderly man.
    Team members from SARA Stations at Cotswolds, Beachley and Tewkesbury all responded. Thankfully the missing man was located safe by the Police, some distance from the search rendezvous, and our teams were stood down just before 2300.

    In addition, on his route to RV one of our team members spotted another individual in need of aid and stopped with him for 40 minutes before handing over to the Police.

    7th Aug 2023
    7th Aug 2023
  • Hereford 06-08-23

    SARA inland water search teams were called out to Hereford this afternoon, to assist West Mercia Police with an ongoing search in the River Wye.
    They conducted a detailed search of a section downstream from Hereford, using two boats and a raft to support the search, much of which was in quite shallow water. With a lot of other commitments for SARA today this was a combined team with members from our stations at Wyre Forest, Upton, Tewkesbury, Beachley and Newport.

    Despite a detailed search over 7 hours, nothing was found. The Police investigation remains ongoing.

    6th Aug 2023
    6th Aug 2023
  • Minchinhampton 01-08-23

    SARA Search teams were called out around 1630, to support Gloucestershire Constabulary concerned for a missing man. Teams from SARA Stations at Sharpness, Tewkesbury, Cotswolds and Beachley responded, initially to a holding area near Stroud and then to the area of Minchinhampton.

    They were supported by colleagues from Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group and two search dogs from Search and Rescue Dog Association South Wales (Bran again, and a friend called Rusty) and a series of search areas were investigated.

    Around 2300 the Police located the missing man safe and well some distance away, and the volunteers were all stood down. Many thanks again to all who responded.

    1st Aug 2023
    1st Aug 2023
  • Gloucester 26-07-23

    Our land search teams were called out around 8pm, to assist Gloucestershire Constabulary with a missing person search. Crew from SARA stations at Cotswolds, Tewkesbury and Beachley all made their way towards the RV close to Gloucester itself.

    As our first search parties were preparing to deploy we were informed that the missing person had been found safe and well, so we were stood down.

    Many thanks to all who responded.

    26th Jul 2023
    26th Jul 2023
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