SARA Lifeboat 1

SARA 1 'The Jim Hewitt'

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Lifeboat SARA 1 is the largest and most technically sophisticated vessel within the Severn Area Rescue Association fleet. It is housed at the Beachley Station under the old Severn bridge.

Max Speed Approx 43 Knots,
Search Duration Approx 5 hours
Cost £200,000 (2015)

Primary Roles

SARA 1 Overview

SARA 1 is based on a Delta eight meter hull that has been proven commercially world wide and
equipped to the specification developed by the crew from SARA Beachley. It is a bespoke craft, designed ito meet the challenges of the local environment and to satisfy the requirements of the recently introduced Rescue Boat Code of Practice.

Severn Rescue are hugely privileged to have received a significant grant from the Department of Transport, which funded the purchase of this boat. Lifeboat SARA 1 was officially named Jim Hewitt in recognition of one of the organisations founding members and was presented to the community on the 17 October 2015.

The vessel is crewed by 3 or 4 crew depending upon tasking and is Powered by two 150hp optimax outboard motors, the craft is capable of achieving approximately 43 knots under calm conditions and able to plane on one engine in the event of system failure.

Sufficient fuel is carried to allow approximately four hours duration at a nominal cruising speed or under search conditions and the inclusion of a ballast system allows improved stability and boat handling in rough conditions.

Due to the often challenging environment that is encountered within the estuary many improved electronic navigational aids help ensure the safety of the boat and crew especially in situations of reduced visibility.
The electronics carried on-board also allow for advances in technologies, reductions in price and availability place electronic safety measures such as EPIRBS, PLBs and SARTS within the reach of many not just commercial operators and being able to detect these items can be key to a successful rescue.

The vessel can accommodate up to 6 survivors in addition to its crew, the placement of a stretcher can also be achieved utilising the aft seat and the improved layout provides enhanced casualty care.

On-board Equipment

2 x 150hp outboard motors (fitted with post immersion restart to survive capsize)
Twin independent under deck fuel tanks
2 x ICOM Marine VHF Radios, AIS Transceiver, Electronic direction finding equipment,
GPS chart plotters,Compasses

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