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Statistics on civilian search and rescue helicopter activity in the United Kingdom.
The operational phase of a new contract to provide civilian search and rescue helicopter (SARH) services in the United Kingdom commenced in April 2015. These new arrangements, managed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), have taken over from the previous mixture of military and coastguard SAR services.
The new arrangement means the department is now responsible for publishing official statistics on the civilian SARH services.
This is the fourth release in a new experimental statistics series covering these civilian SARH operations.
In April to June 2016:
there were 711 civilian SARH taskings, with two thirds of taskings involving rescue or recovery
nearly half of taskings were land-based
Prestwick was the busiest of the 11 bases
Ministry of Defence has historically published a national statistics series on military search and rescue helicopter activity. MOD continued to publish statistics on military activity until February 2016, in line with the broader transfer of SARH responsibilities from MOD to the department. The MOD statistics are available.