Operation BOB for Severn Unit


Members of Tewkesbury based Severn Unit had a busy Search and Rescue evening when members Ben Foster-Smith and Russ Davidson devised an exercise on the River Avon.

The scenario was that following a boat fire the Unit was given a GPS position and called out to search for any survivors.
The stricken boat was located 3 miles away at Twyning and nearby they found an upturned dinghy.
On righting this they discovering their dummy BOB (Body Overboard) trapped underneath and using their Fibrelight rescue cradle they successfully managed to get BOB into one of their inflatable boats.

Meanwhile another section of the Unit which was searching on land and under the M5 bridge found a casualty played by Russ Davidson.
After administrating First Aid they helped Russ into their Rigiflex boat to be taken aboard their cruiser Minerva which was anchored out in the river.

HOU Nic Price said, “This was a most imaginative exercise and the evening certainly tested all our skills.”


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