SARA – Severn Area Rescue Association
“The largest multi-disciplinary volunteer Search & Rescue team in the UK, with over 40 years of service on the Severn.”
Protecting Life on Land and Water
SARA is the second largest lifeboat service in the UK. Providing Search & Rescue on land and water, they save lives all along the Severn Estuary and in the areas around the river. They support HM Coastguard, Fire & Rescue and the Police service at all hours, every day of the year.
When people get into difficulty, SARA is there to help. Whether on nearby cliffs and forests or on the water, it will be professionally trained SARA volunteers who come to their aid.
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Ready for Anything
The need for SARA is rising, with more callouts every year. Alongside their main duties, SARA also searches for missing persons, assists with animal rescue and helps with flood relief. The most prominent areas of their work are:
Lifeboats and Water Rescue
SARA is tasked by HM Coastguard to respond to incidents in and around the Severn Estuary. This includes the tidal lengths of the Rivers Wye and Usk. They also operate inland lifeboats and provide water rescue. This is usually in support of the Police and other agencies.
Land Search and Mountain Rescue
SARA is a proud member of Mountain Rescue England & Wales. Their Land Search Teams are often called out on Search & Rescue operations, most often to search for missing persons. They are also able to perform rope rescues. To prepare for this, they often train on the cliffs at Symonds Yat and in the Lower Wye Valley.
Sharing Knowledge and Raising Awareness
SARA runs lifeboat training for the Emergency Services, drawing on the knowledge and experience of SARA’s specialists. They also host fun, educational visits for children at their stations.
Volunteers from SARA take part in further outreach within the community, such as for Drowning Awareness Week. This provides great opportunities to talk to members of the public and make sure that everyone is aware of the risks around water.
Want to know more? Visit the SARA website here.
If you would like to support the important work that SARA does, please think about making a donation. Every penny you give helps to maintain the invaluable service that they run. It costs around £30,000 every year just to keep each of their stations open. The money they raise is used to replace and repair their specialist rescue equipment and to maintain the SARA lifeboats. Thank you.