Official Statistics

Search and rescue helicopter statistics: April to September 2015

Experimental statistics on civilian search and rescue helicopter activity in the United Kingdom, April to September 2015.


Search and rescue helicopter statistics: April to September 2015 data tables

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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), are taking over from the current mixture of military and Coastguard SAR services.

The new arrangement means that the Department for Transport (DfT) will now be responsible for publishing official statistics on the civilian SARH services.

This is the first release in a new experimental statistics series covering these civilian SARH operations.

In the 6 month period (April to September 2015):

  • there were 799 civilian SARH taskings, with just over half involving rescue or recovery
  • just under half of taskings were land-based
  • Caernarfon was the busiest new civilian base, with an average of 43 taskings per month once it opened

We would be grateful for any feedback, so that we can consider how the release can better meet user needs and how the dissemination of information can be improved. You can provide feedback either by completing our short user feedback survey or contacting us using the details below.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has historically published a National Statistics series on military search and rescue helicopter activity. The MOD will continue to publish statistics on military activity until February 2016, in line with the broader transfer of SARH responsibilities from the MOD to the DfT. The MOD statistics are available.

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Search and rescue helicopter statistics

Published 18 November 2015