Search and Rescue is an independent flood, snow and quicksand rescue service based at Flookburgh, Cumbria.
The team was started in 2001 after an incident where a man was stuck for 10 hours overnight in the quicksand of Morecambe Bay with the tide rapidly coming in, by the time the statutory services had walked to reach the man they were exhausted and he was hypothermic, a solution was needed to transport team and equipment safely and quickly across the bay. Our founder members purchased an ex racing hovercraft and Bay Search and Rescue was born. The hovercraft was eventually replaced by our first BV206 Hagglund, which is more versatile, and better suited to the changing conditions in the bay, we also use these vehicles in flood and snow rescues and supporting the fire service in wildfire situations.
We currently have 17 active volunteer operational team members who work alongside and support all the emergency services with their specialist skills and equipment. The team also hold DEFRA accreditation which mean that we can assist anywhere in the UK.
In 2015 the team worked tirelessly around Cumbria during storm Desmond, which brought chaos to Great Britain and saw 1000 of people evacuated to safety, and again in February in 2018 when Britain was hit with the ‘beast from the East’ where communities in Fellside, Stainmore and Alston were left isolated for up to 5 days.
The team is predominantly funded by proceeds from our charity shops in Grange over Sands and Milnthorpe. These shops rely on the generosity and support from the local community.
Our vision is that everyone will know their blood pressure numbers, in the same way that they know their height or weight, and take steps to keep them healthy both now and in the future.