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What Is Water Search and Rescue

The Water Search & Rescue Team is a voluntary search & rescue team that works 24/7 365 days a year.

The whole operation relies on the kindness of donations we receive; without these we can not support the work we do.

WSART was started in 2009, following a request through British Canoeing to support a Defra national appeal. 

Since then the team has grown, both 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.

WSART is an inclusive search and rescue team; in which members of the communities we serve can find welcoming support and the encouragement they need to develop their skills; thus enabling them to give back to their local areas. We pride ourselves on working with people of all backgrounds & abilities.