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Volunteers go in at the deep end

Volunteers go in at the deep end

Volunteers from Kent Search and Rescue volunteers were back in the River Stour below Wye bridge today. Team members practiced their Bank Search and Flood Rescue techniques for rescuing people from floods, and trained for the grim task of searching the river and water margins for bodies. Despite recent rainfall, the river level remains very low.

KSAR has responded to 78 call outs so far this year, and assisted the emergency services to search for and rescue vulnerable missing persons. In a typical incident, an elderly Wye resident with dementia wandered as far as Charing before KSAR found her, fortunately safe and well.

Kent Search and Rescue works with Kent Police, Kent Ambulance Service, Kent Fire Service and HM Coastguard. KSAR is a member of the Lowland Rescue charity and it relies entirely on public donations. Teams of volunteers are available to be called out across Kent, 24 hours a day all year round. KSAR trains its volunteers to attain qualifications in a range of specialist operational roles. Less physically active people can also be involved and contribute their time and skills. Photo credit: Ady Kerry, SE Water.

Posted: Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:45 by Parish Admin

Tags: Kent Search and Rescue, KSAR, Training, River Stour, Bank Search and Flood Rescue, Volunteering, Vulnerable People, Wye Bridge, Charing