Last nights team training was a callout exercise designed to put into practice all the elements that the team have trained or refreshed in over the last few weeks including search theory and search techniques, casualty care and procedures to be followed when dealing with a death.
The exercise scenario was that a 4x4 had been reported as seen stuck on the marsh, and the team were tasked to find it, recover it and conduct a search for any persons who may be associated with it...
Well as 2015 draws to a slightly damp(?) close, Bay Search and Rescue have had the busiest year since it was formed in 1999, with the volunteer operational team members responding to 91 Incidents, totalling 312 hours, and attending 128 training exercises totalling nearly 900 hours...
Fat Face are 'donating' not 'discounting' this Black Friday 27 November 2015, and profits will be shared between charities. The Bowness on Windermere shop have chosen BSAR (thanks!), so go and do some Christmas shopping...
We are very pleased to report that the Bay Search and Rescue Cross Bay Walk on 9th Aug was our busiest ever and raised over £13,000. This will be used to pay for our rescue vehicle fleet insurance. We had over 700 people registered to walk but due to a forecast of drizzle only about 550 joined us. The forecasts were wrong luckily and it turned out to be great walking weather, not to hot and not cold or wet.
Some photos have been loaded onto our website, along with a GPS map of the route kindly sent by one of our walkers showing a distance of about 8.5 miles. Walk photos 2015
Our Cross Bay Walk on Sunday 9th August has proved so popular this year that we are about to reach our limit for places.
If you want to book then be quick as there are only a few places left and once they are filled we will be closing the registration system.
All walkers must be pre-registered so unfortunately we don't sell tickets on the day.
We are now using Viewranger mapping apps and tracking via their VSAR (Viewranger Search and Rescue) program. This delivers free national mapping agency topographic maps (OS maps in the UK) to members of Search & Rescue teams across the world. These maps are for use in conjunction with the free ViewRanger GPS software application, which can be downloaded from many app stores. www.viewranger.com
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Residents of Arnside and visitors to the busy coastal village may notice a new truck in town, with the re-homing of one of our Hagglund all-terrain vehicles.
For nearly two years we have benefitted from a partnership with Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service whereby one of our three Hagglund track rescue vehicles has been housed at Bolton le Sands fire station – shaving more than an hour off response times to coastal incidents around Morecambe, Carnforth and Arnside, as well as the rest of Lancashire where we support the fire service with other incidents such as large animal rescues and moorland fires. As Bolton le Sands has recently received a new fire engine the space there has temporarily become unavailable and the rescue vehicle has become homeless at a time when it is most needed.
Bay SAR’s Station Officer, Gary Parsons, explains “Ordinarily we see a fifty fifty split of incidents between each side of the Bay, but so far this year we have seen over eighty percent of our callouts in the east.
“In the last week we have been called – along with the Arnside Coastguard Team and Kendal Mountain Rescue Team – to assist North West Ambulance Service with a casualty on the coastal path at Arnside who had fallen and sustained an ankle injury.
“The day after we were mobilised to Jenny Brown’s Point near Silverdale to assist Arnside Coastguard with a stranded porpoise. Sadly it died just as we arrived despite attempts by local residents to re-float it. We were able to the crane on our Hagglund rescue vehicle to recover it on behalf of the Natural History Museum who have arranged for a post-mortem at London Zoo.”