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.
In April to June 2017:
- there were 652 civilian SARH taskings
- Newquay base was the busiest of the 11 bases, responding to 91 taskings
- around 57% of taskings involved rescue or recovery
- land-based taskings accounted for nearly half of all taskings
- taskings that took place in beach or cliff areas were the most common location types.
- there were 444 people rescued across all taskings
Ministry of Defence has historically published a National Statistics series on military search and rescue helicopter activity and continued to publish statistics on military activity until February 2016 in line with the broader transfer of search and rescue helicopter responsibilities to the department.