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Sharpness lifeboat station celebrates 25th anniversary

SARA: Severn Area Rescue Association
SARA is a charity which is funded by public donations

Rescue teams from the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) are celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of their lifeboat stations opening at Sharpness.

A special open day was held on Sunday, 15 August, 2010 in honour of the service on the River Severn.

The day included events such as lifeboat station tours and demonstrations, a crew sponsored swim, a barbecue and cake stall, and dinghy sailing.

Geoff Dawe, chairman at Sharpness, said that unfortunately tragedy prompted the station's creation.

"In 1985 we had four lives lost at Sharpness [and] our lifeboat was unable to get to Sharpness in response to the incidents," he said.

"It was decided that it was necessary to open a station at Sharpness and that's why the station came into being.

"Since that time, there have been some lives lost on the Severn but we have saved very many lives."

'Absolutely fantastic'

Work on a second boathouse at Sharpness is being finished off to coincide with the anniversary.

"We have a new boathouse [which has] been operational with the primary lifeboat," added Geoff.

"We had the fitting out to do - it has a dedicated control room and a classroom for teaching lifeboat crew.

"We're celebrating that fact that we now have this extra facility, which is absolutely fantastic."

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