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Our History

The Water Search and Rescue Team is a voluntary search & rescue team consisting of over 200 volunteers, working on a call out system 24/7, 365 days a year. WSART was started in 2009, following a request through British Canoeing to support a Defra national appeal. 

Since then we have grown the team, both in number & in terms of training and equipping them. WSART is one of a very limited number of specialist teams; external to Police, Fire and Ambulance services, that has operational responsibility across the UK.