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196 Missions for Humberside Search and Rescue Helicopter in Last Year

Statistics on civilian search and rescue helicopter activity for 2021/22 have been revealed.

The data shows that there were 2,747 civilian search and rescue (SAR) helicopter taskings in the UK in the year ending March 2022. This is a 26% increase compared to the year ending March 2021. 196 of those taskings were for teh Humberside SAR Helicopter which covers the Yorkshire Coast.

On average, SAR helicopters across the UK responded to 8 taskings a day during the year ending March 2022.

1,608 people were rescued and 397 assisted by SAR helicopters across all taskings during the year. This is an increase of 34% and 71% respectively on the year ending March 2021.

In the year ending March 2021, SARH taskings were initially lower than previous years in April (64 taskings), when the UK-wide lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic was applied, and increased to near previous levels between May and June.

August recorded the second highest monthly volume of SARH taskings on record (365 taskings) – attributable to an increase in beach taskings following lockdown easing. This may be related to summer 2020 travel behaviour and preference for domestic holidays in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Winter trends from November 2020 to February 2021 were in line with previous years

In the year ending March 2022, there were 1,407 rescue and recovery taskings which made up 51% of all taskings. This was followed by 522 support taskings (19%), 462 search only taskings (17%) and 356 pre-arranged transfer taskings (13%)

In the year ending March 2022, there were:

  • 1,317 land based taskings which accounted for 48% of taskings, the same proportion as in the previous year
  • 995 coast taskings which accounted for 36% of all tasking, compared to 40% in the previous year
  • 435 maritime taskings which accounted for 16% of all taskings, compared to 12% in the previous year

There are currently 10 civilian search and rescue bases open in the UK, Prestwick base was the busiest of the 10 bases, responding to 463 taskings, the Humberside helicopter was called out to 196 tasks over the year.

  • 463 taskings from Prestwick base (West Scotland) – which covers the Lake District, Ben Nevis, and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
  • 366 taskings from Inverness base (East Scotland)
  • 337 taskings from Caernarfon (North Wales)
  • 294 taskings from Newquay (South West England)
  • 260 taskings from Lee on Solent (South England)
  • 252 taskings from Lydd (South East England)
  • 250 taskings from St. Athan base (South Wales)
  • 196 taskings from Humberside base (East England)
  • 170 taskings from Sumburgh base (North East Scotland)
  • 159 taskings from Stornoway base (North West Scotland)

This release covers civilian search and rescue helicopter operations in the UK, for all 10 current bases. In April 2015, the operational phase of a new contract to operate civilian search and rescue helicopter services in the UK, managed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, commenced. These new arrangements took over from the previous mixture of military and coastguard SARH services.

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