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 sixth release in a new experimental statistics series covering civilian search and rescue helicopter operations.
In October to December 2016:
- there were 518 civilian SARH taskings
- around 54% of taskings involved rescue or recovery
- land-based taskings accounted for 51% of all taskings
- Caernarfon and 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 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.