Press Releases

Government Grant - 24 January 2017

Department of Transport

SARA is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £35,219.66 from the Department of Transport, as one of the larger allocations from the ‘Inshore and inland rescue boat grant’ scheme. This is from the third round of funding provided under a 5 year, £5 million scheme, announced as part of the 2014 budget statement. This grant represents a substantial contribution towards the cost of a new Launch Vehicle for the SARA Sharpness Station. Maritime Minister, John Hayes, said: “Every day countless volunteers in water rescue charities across our island nation carry out vital work during emergencies, not only around our coasts but also keeping our rivers, lakes and inshore waters safe. It is imperative that we value and support their tireless efforts. I am delighted to be able to announce the latest round of funding, ensuring they have the equipment and resources they need to provide their round-the-clock lifesaving services.” SARA Chairman Chris Crowley commented: “We are very grateful for this grant, and welcome the recognition of the valuable service which SARA provides and the cost which that entails.

This money will help us to keep the rescue boat cover at Sharpness, provided by its lifeboats and hovercraft, available in almost all tide and weather conditions. The SARA lifeboat and rescue services, across all our stations, are being called upon more and more each year. As well as investing in Sharpness, we were recently able to commission a new lifeboat for Newport in October, and a new rescue boat for the Wyre Forest Station at Kidderminster last weekend” SARA is entirely manned by volunteers who are on standby 24/7/365. SARA is not directly funded by any central or local Government agencies and depends completely on donations to fund its operations. To donate to SARA, visit The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) provides specialist 999/112 emergency services in support of the Police, Fire, and Coastguard authorities in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and South Wales. Lifeboat services are provided on the River Severn from Bridgenorth to Bristol, and in the estuaries of the Rivers Usk and Wye. Boats are based at Beachley (Chepstow), Sharpness, Newport (Gwent), South Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Kidderminster. SARA also supports the Police in Missing Person searches on land, provides Swift Water Rescue support to civil authorities on inland waters and at times of flooding, and has the capability to carry out cliff and rockface rescue.

Contact for further information: Mark Carwardine, SARA Deputy Chairman

Land Search - December 27th 2016

Gloucestershire Live

Teams from Severn Area Rescue (SARA) Tewkesbury were called out to Gloucester at 9am on Tuesday 27th to support Gloucestershire Police in searching for a missing person. They were joined by colleagues from their sister station of SARA Beachley and from the South Wales Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA). Thankfully the person was found safe and well after the teams had been searching for about 3 hours.

The search teams were well fed by the Police, who expressed their thanks, and could then return to their families to continue the Christmas break. Gloucestershire Live

Standard Press Release

Severn Area Rescue Association is the local Mountain Rescue team based here in Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcestershire, and Gwent. They provide 24/7 specialist marine and land search capabilities to the emergency services (Police, Fire and Ambulance), and are often called in to assist with searching for missing people, help rescue those in distress from inaccessible areas, provide vital flood support to the county and beyond, as well as operate an inshore lifeboat capability. For further information, visit or find us on Facebook/Twitter.

#MountainRescue #MoreThanJustLifeBoats #Volunteers #Charity

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