We are an all Terrain Rescue Team working in partnership with Cumbria Fire & Rescue and Lancashire Fire & Rescue. We specialise in quicksand, snow and flood rescue and all-terrain recovery and support using our Hagglund BV206 all terrain amphibious rescue vehicles, 4x4's and trained personnel. We also assist the Coastguard, Police, Ambulance Service and First Responders on and around the 'unique' Morecambe Bay, Lake District and North Lancashire area. More about the: Vehicles | Team | Photos | Latest News
Cross Bay Walk - Sun 3rd Aug 2014
Our Cross Bay Walk for 2014 will be on Sunday 3rd August starting at 10am from Arnside Promenade and walking across the Bay to Kents Bank. Led as always by Cedric Robinson, the Queens Guide to the Sands.
You can find out more and register online via our website now... We look forward to seeing you, and thanks for your support.
LATEST UPDATE Friday 25 July: All the coach places are now booked up and we will be closing registrations for the walk shortly as we are getting close to our maximum number of walkers so if you would like to join us register now.
Seal rescue 50 miles inland!
Not something you see every day... The Marine Mammal Medics we have on the Bay SAR team were called out by British Divers Marine Life Rescue on Sunday 12 Jan to recover a young grey seal who had been seen in a stream near Milburn, in-between Penrith and Appleby, about 50 miles upriver from the sea, and about 1 mile from the Pennine way!!
On arrival it was nowhere to be seen, so a bankside search was done by the Flood Rescue trained team members back downstream towards the River Eden 5 miles away. With no sightings and at dusk the search was called off and the team set off back to base over an hour away.
At Kendal a call was received to say the seal had been seen, unbelievably, further upstream. So we turned around and went back - in the dark. The seal was happily swimming in deep water and proved a challenge to catch, they are surprisingly aggressive and bite anything they can! But it was safely caught and then after checking and with the authorisation of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue advisors and the assistance of Furness Coastguard it was released off Walney Island back into the sea late in the evening.
New Milnthorpe Charity Shop
Following the successful launch of our Grange Charity shop we have now opened a second larger Bay SAR Charity Shop on Beetham Road in Milnthorpe (was Bob Parratt Country Wear), with a lovely big car park front and back. If you have any donations of furniture, clothes, working electricals, toys, DVDs or books for stock you can drop these off Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. If you would like to volunteer to help in the shop for a few hours a week please call in and speak to Sue. You can also email Sue or phone 015395 64254.
We are on CBBC Hero Squad
A busy few weeks in September
Well that was frantic few weeks on the PR and events front... In August and September we did a days filming for a documentary (more about that later!), we attended the Westmorland County Show, where we won Runner Up for best large non-agricultural trade stand. The Kendal Torchlight Carnival with Hagglund 3 and the airboat (complete with a drysuited Youth team) on a trailer behind the Landrover 130. Plus a lovely sunny day on Blackpool Promenade with a stand at the TVR Car Club 'Back Home' event (Paul our Deputy Station Officer is a life long TVR owner and club member, plus he does their website too!) Last an Emergency Services Open Day at Penrith Fire HQ
Contacting the Team in the event of an emergency:
In an emergency dial 999
Ask for the Coastguard (coastal rescue)
or Fire & Rescue (land rescue)
or for advice call the Team Direct Number:
015395 58771 and we will inform the relevant Services
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Youth team for 12-17 year olds
In January 2013 we introduced a new Youth team, run by Helen and Dave from our operational team, with initial help from Cumbria Youth Alliance with safe guarding policy’s and CRB's. It is open to anyone between the ages of 12-17 who would like to join a fun and exciting team with training leading to some nationally recognised qualifications. For more information see the Youth Team Page or contact Helen or Mike.
Charity Shop in Grange
Our charity shop is open on Kents Bank Road in Grange over Sands from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Please call in and say hello and maybe pick up a bargain from the huge range of items kindly donated. Find out more by clicking the link below. You can also order BSAR branded gift items online, and all proceeds to to the Charity
Hagglund 3 moves to Penrith
Bay Search and Rescue is very pleased to announce a further step forward working with Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service as BSAR Hagglund 3 and its 28ft covered transporter truck are now based at Penrith Fire Station over the winter months.
This will allow a much faster response time in the event of snow and extreme weather callouts where the 18 seater Hagglund which was originally designed as as snow mobile provides fast safe evacuation of stranded drivers, as well as being capable of vehicle recovery operations. The Hagglund and BSAR team also provide a support role to frontline firefighters during wild fires and floods.
BSAR now sharing Lancs Fire Station at Bolton le Sands
We are very pleased to announce that we have now located one of our Hagglund Rescue Vehicles in Bolton Le Sands Fire Station, building on our working relationship with Lancs Fire & Rescue assisting with Moorland Fire support and shaving over an hour and a half of our response times inland. Further details from LFRS website here ::
Group Manager Tony Crook of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service adds, “BSAR is an outstanding resource staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers. This development is the culmination of a close look at incidents involving BSAR, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and ourselves with a view to enhancing a service that has already proved highly effective. As key partners in Lancashire’s multi-agency response to the threat of wildfires, a logical development was to establish a more strategically appropriate location for a BSAR team to combat that threat. Our fire station at Bolton-le-Sands is ideally placed. We are delighted to make the BSAR team welcome and look forward to our continued success as partners in the project."