Wiltshire charities get Government money for new rescue boats

Wiltshire charities get Government money for new rescue boats

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:53pm 21st February 2020.

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Nearly £40K is being handed over for 'essential search and rescue equipment'.

The cash is coming from the Department for Transport, as part of their Rescue Boat Grant Fund.

Two local charities will benefit: 

  • Wiltshire Search and Rescue gets £24,208.38
  • The Chilmark based Serve On has been handed £14,769.00
Serve On Boat Rescue Flooding
The money from the Transport Secretary will go towards equipment like this

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

"Our rescue boat teams carry out vital work to keep our rivers, lakes and inshore areas safe.

"These inspirational charities and their dedicated volunteers save lives every day, and this additional funding will ensure that they have the craft, equipment, and resources to provide these services year-round."

The Government fund is to help causes that work in situations like rescues from fast-flowing floodwaters and high risk missing persons amongst others.

Wiltshire Search and Rescue WILSAR
Wiltshire Search and Rescue (WILSAR) also use boats on occasion to help with their operations

There's also a £10,430.75 grant for Hampshire Search and Rescue as part of the same fund.

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