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 July to September 2017, we see that:
- there were 860 civilian SARH taskings
- the Newquay base had the most taskings, responding to 134 taskings
- around 53% of taskings involved rescue or recovery
- land-based taskings accounted for half of all taskings
- 532 people were 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.
Explore the interactive search and rescue helicopter statistics dashboard covering SARH taskings from April 2015 onwards.