Latest News from WightSAR

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March 2022 News …………

 

With spring in the air WightSAR continue to train and respond to requests from Hampshire Constabulary to search for high risk missing people.

 

We have opened our 2022 Recruitment for Trainee Search Technicians. New recruits bring a host of new skills and experience to the team as well as increasing the number of trained searchers available at each call out.  We are particularly keen to attract volunteers who would be available for day time searches. For more information see our Volunteering page of this website.

 

WightSAR is constantly seeking fundraising opportunities as, along with all other Lowland Rescue Teams, we receive no statutory funding and require a regular monthly income to cover our ever increasingly operational costs. The 2022 Fundraising calendar will soon commence so watch our Facebook page to see where and what we are up to. For information on the many ways you can easily support WightSAR please see our Fundraising page on this website.

 

We have recently set up TEXT donation which is an easy way to donate on a one off or monthly basis by just sending a text message. Donations will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your phone credit (Network allowing).

Text SEARCH to 70450 to donate any amount from £1 upwards.

 

WightSAR recently held its AGM.  The new 2022 Committee was voted in and has started the job of strategically developing the team during the coming year. 

 

We are still planning to bring you news of our replacement Incident Control Vehicle, which is very exciting.  In the meantime, BIG THANKS to Stag Lane Motors for keeping our tired and elderly current Control Vehicle operational. 

 

If any Community Groups would like to hear more about the work of WightSAR then please contact us at info@wightsar.org

We always enjoy meeting such groups and spreading the word of the importance of Lowland Rescue Teams and the value they bring to missing person searches in a local community.

December 2021 News …………

WightSAR have had a busy summer and autumn period. Alongside multiple call outs supporting Hampshire Constabulary, team members have been busy with much needed fundraising events. It has been delightful meeting & talking to members of the public again at some of our supermarket collection days.  We were also delighted to support The Isle of Wight County Fair at the Royal IOW Agricultural Society County Show Ground in August and join in with the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat Fun Day the same month. Our fundraising events generate vital funds that allow us to stay operational 24/7 , 365 days a year.

 

We previously launched our replacement Incident Control Vehicle appeal, and we are delighted to announce we are now in a position to search for a “new to us” suitable vehicle to replace our ageing & increasingly unreliable current vehicle.  Further announcements will soon be forthcoming on how this is possible but we are extremely grateful for some unexpectedly successful funding steams.  Watch our Facebook page for more details.  

 

It feels fitting that we are making such a significant purchase at a time that WightSAR are celebrating their 10thAnniversary of being an independent, stand alone Lowland Rescue Team.  WightSAR was born out of a few members forming an “Initial Response Team” as part of Hampshire Search & Rescue but achieved full Lowland Rescue status in 2011 led by our Founder & current Chairperson, Dean Terrett.  

 

This gave the Isle of Wight its own professional, volunteer Search & Rescue Team and we have been searching for missing & vulnerable high risk missing people ever since. We continue to have close links with Hampshire Search & Rescue (HantSAR) and remain grateful for their ongoing support. 

 

WightSAR volunteers were also delighted & proud to be recognised at the Isle of Wight District Commander’s Awards, hosted by Superintendent Sarah Jackson at the Riverside Centre in Newport on the evening of Tuesday 16 November. See our photo Gallery.

 

Supt Jackson hosted a number of special guests at the event, including Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, Her Majesty’s Vice Lord Lieutenant Maurice Sheen, Isle of Wight High Sheriff James Attrill, and Victoria White and Darren Claydon from Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

 

Attendees heard of the bravery and dedication of not only police and partners, but of courageous members of the public who acted selflessly to protect others in their time of need.

 

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In February this year, officers were supported by volunteers from Isle of Wight Search & Rescue (WightSAR) in the search for a vulnerable missing woman.

The volunteers were tasked to search a wooded area in cold, wet and pitch black conditions.

 

Police officers were then made aware of an earlier sighting during the afternoon. This changed the search area and once again WightSAR deployed to the new area to assist with the search. During this time, the volunteer members of the team located the woman, administered first aid and extracted her from the area in which she was found.

 

Their life-saving efforts are to be commended. It is to be noted that WightSAR volunteers work completely in their own time with no monitory reward, and provide invaluable support, knowledge and commitment to the Constabulary.

 

Chairman of WightSAR Dean Terrett, and search volunteer Julian Adams – who located the missing person – collected a certificate on behalf of WightSAR for their tremendous dedication and professionalism.

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As Christmas rapidly approaches, please try and visit our WightSAR SAR themed decorated Christmas Tree at IOW Pearl from 1st December to 3rd January 2022.  We would love to hear your thoughts on our tree by posting pictures and comments on social media, tagging Isle of Wight Search & Rescue into your post.  All donations received at the festival will go towards our operational costs. 

 

As ever the team will remain on call and ready for deployment 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week throughout the Christmas & New Year period. 

 

We wish you a safe and happy Christmas from the whole WightSAR team.