SEARCH AND RESCUE ON THE WATER
It was an emotion day on Saturday the 9th of November 2013 ……
When Cambridgeshire and Rescue (CamSAR) wanted to find a name for their new boat they decided to ask members of the public to take part in a competition. Proceeds from the entry fee and donations were used for the refurbishment needed to bring the boat up to the standards required for its use as a search and rescue boat. The boat itself, a Rigid Inflatable otherwise known as a RIB, was purchased, along with a purpose built trailer, following the award of a £9,600 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.
The winner was Carol Curtiss of Peterborough, who, on 9th November, at March Fire Station, named the boat “The Rose Mary Scott” in memory of her mother.
The safety boat will be used to support CamSAR when they are called out by Cambridgeshire Police to search for a vulnerable missing person. The team of fully trained volunteers are on permanent standby and are trained in the techniques required to search in lowland areas. In Cambridgeshire, because of the Fenland’s numerous rivers, dykes, ditches and flood plains, this also means searching water, as well as land.
Gary Tyler, CamSAR’s Water Section Leader, said “Apart from being a rescue boat, the vessel will also provide safety cover for the CamSAR kayak team, when a search requires us to take to the water”.
CamSAR’s County Commander, Paul Arnill, added “Without the support of the Big Lottery Fund and the many people like Carol who donated funds for the RIB, we would never have been in a position where we can provide additional support to Cambridgeshire’s Emergency Services. We will now be entering a period of intensive training to allow the Water Team to use the RIB to its fullest extent. We are always on the look-out for new members, for both our land and water teams, so if anyone is interested please contact us on www.camsar.org or 01223 698850”.