As part of a two-year sponsorship agreement, Vantage Toyota Morecambe has provided a Toyota Hilux to replace our old Land Rover 130. As we were so impressed by the capabilities of the Hilux, acknowledged as the world’s most rugged and reliable vehicle, we have also purchased an additional Hilux from Vantage with publicly donated funds and proceeds from our two charity shops in Milnthorpe and Grange over Sands
It is with great disappointment and regret that we have to advise everyone that Bay Search and Rescue will NOT be running a Charity Cross Bay Walk in 2017.
Tim Farron MP made a fact finding visit to BSAR on the 7th October. Mr Farron visited the team's Fleet Workshop at Milnthorpe and was shown around by Station Officer Gary Parsons and trustee Adrian Swenson. He was very appreciative of the work that the team had done during the floods and the close working relationship that we have with the statutory services.
Joint familiarisation exercise today with officers from 42 Infantry Brigade Army in the North who visited the station at Flookburgh for a presentation and demonstration of our kit and the capability of a Hagglund.
This was a rescheduled visit - the first time we organised it last winter we had to postpone due to flooding and ironically we were on the ground with the troops in both Cumbria and Lancashire within days!
We can finally reveal our latest fleet updates - two brand new Arancia 380 Flood Rescue boats and 30Hp surf rescue spec outboards, plus all the equipment needed to comply with DEFRA flood rescue team requirements as a national asset. These replace our two old boats which have served us well but are not in this league at all. Now looking forward to seeing what they will do on the water. The project has been funded by https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/…/…/awards-for-all-england
Bay Search and Rescue is now officially co-locating a Hagglund All terrain tracked rescue vehicle at Cumbria Fire and Rescue Station Arnside. It must be proper now as the sign has gone up. In actual fact we have been operating from Arnside since early 2016 alongside Arnside Fire crew and assisting the local Arnside Coastguard team.
Today the team was honoured to be visited by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG, GCMG, GCVO.
His Royal Highness visited our Flookburgh station where he met our Board of Trustees, operational volunteer team members, and staff and volunteers from our Bay Search & Rescue Charity Shop Milnthorpe and Bay Search & Rescue Charity Shop Grange.
He was shown our vehicles and equipment and was taken on to the Morecambe Bay sands in one of our Hagglund BV206 all-terrain rescue vehicles.
He wished to thank the team for our work in Cumbria and Lancashire, and especially for our work in the floods last winter.