Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Flare used in Welsh medical emergency

NEWSAR flare

A search and rescue team in Wales used flares to get help in a medical emergency.

The NEWSAR search and rescue team, from North East Wales, was asked by Welsh Ambulance Service to help with a person who had a “medical issue” on the riverbank near Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The casualty was in a difficult position and the team was asked to stretcher the person out. The help of a Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter from Caernarfon was also requested.

After a carry to a suitable landing site the casualty was loaded into the helicopter and taken to hospital. Get well soon.

The image shows a NEWSAR team member using a flare to guide the helicopter in.

NEWSAR is a volunteer Search and Rescue (Mountain Rescue) Organisation which is on call around the clock.

It mainly operates in North East Wales mainly covering the counties of Flintshire, Denbighshire, Wrexham and parts of Conwy and Powys.

The team also regularly assists Mountain Rescue teams elsewhere in North Wales as well as Lowland Search and Rescue teams in Cheshire and Shropshire.

As NEWSAR is a registered charity the vast majority of this money is raised through grants, individual donations, legacies, street collections and collection tins.

For further details of how to support NEWSAR, visit its Fundraising Page.

Jul 11, 2019