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Search and rescue helicopter quarterly statistics: July to September 2018

Civilian search and rescue helicopter activity statistics in the United Kingdom, from July to September 2018.


Search and rescue helicopter statistics: July to September 2018 data tables

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Statistics on civilian search and rescue helicopter (SARH) activity in the United Kingdom, based on details of taskings recorded by the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC).

During July to September 2018:

  • there were 798 civilian SARH taskings
  • Newquay, Caernarfon and Prestwick responded to the most taskings 111, 110 and 108 taskings respectively
  • 49% of taskings involved rescue or recovery
  • land and coastal based taskings accounted for 48% and 40% of all taskings respectively, with 12% of taskings being maritime
  • 482 people rescued across all taskings
  • 81 people assisted across all taskings
  • 180 (23%) taskings took place in beach or cliff areas
  • 142 (18%) in mountainous areas
  • 103 (13%) tasked to vessels in distress
  • 373 (47%) recorded as other

Notes and guidance

Notes and definitions and guidance about quality of these statistics is available.

Interactive dashboard

Explore the data via our interactive search and rescue helicopter statistics dashboard covering SARH taskings from April 2015 onwards.

Changes to these statistics

Following user engagement in March 2018, we have made significant changes to the format of the SARH publications. Quarterly publications are now published in HTML format, with accompanying maps and tables. Further information and a summary of user feedback on these statistics is available.

These statistics, as of June 2018 are now designated as National Statistics. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards as set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics. They undergo regular quality assurance to ensure they meet customer needs.

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Search and rescue helicopter statistics

Published 12 December 2018