York Rescue Boat has been saving lives both on and around the Rivers Ouse and Foss in York. A key part of our work involves our preventative search and rescue patrols on Friday and Saturday nights. Our team are also on call 24/7 to assist both the police and fire service at water-based emergencies around York, this includes reports of people in the water, concerns for safety and searching for missing persons.
Since our team became operational in 2015 our volunteers have directly saved 24 lives and provided assistance to over 250 people. During the 2020 Covid pandemic we have seen a 150% increase in the number of call-outs our volunteers are tasked to attend whilst fundraising has proved extremely challenging.
Support our new lifesavers!
We have recently taken on another 15 volunteers to join our operational team and we are now fundraising towards the cost of equipping and training these volunteers.
It costs approximately £350 to train and equip each volunteer, this includes their uniform, waterproof jacket, hi-viz safety vest, rescue throwlines and first aid equipment. As well as training them in land-based searches, water rescue, first aid, mental health and crisis intervention.
All of our members are volunteers with no one receiving any payment or expenses. Any donations will go directly to keep our team saving lives in and around York