Friday, 20 October 2017

Regatta rescuers

A RESCUE charity is to provide the safety boats at next month’s Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta.

A RESCUE charity is to provide the safety boats at next month’s Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta.

On August 9 and 10, Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue’s crews will be on the water supervising races all day.

They will step in if a boat capsizes, pull its occupants to safety and provide first aid if it is needed.

The charity, which is run by volunteers, has manned the safety boats at the regatta for five years.

It has also supervised the Henley Masters’ Regatta, which took place last weekend, for the past three.

It gives its services for just £50 a day, which goes towards its annual running costs of £7,000.

Throughout the rest of the year, the charity helps track down vulnerable missing people across Oxfordshire.It has 35 volunteers, 20 of whom are from Henley and surrounding villages. A team is on call at all times.

Each member is trained in first aid, basic life support and navigation. They train once a week and regularly stage mock rescues. Although it owns two dinghies, the organisation attends emergencies in all sorts of environments including forests and woodland.

Most of its calls come from the police, who are not charged for the service.

It attends one incident about every 10 days and often has to find vulnerable people, such as those with dementia or mental health problems.

The charity is looking for volunteers or donations. Anyone who can help can visit www.oxsar.org.uk for more information.

Alternatively, to donate £5 text OXSR05 £5 to 70070 or to donate £10 text OXSR05 £10 to 70070.

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