Tees River Rescue
Whilst most traditional lifeboats respond to emergencies, Tees River Rescue believe that prevention is better. Their volunteer teams patrol the river at peak times to increase the chance of being in the right place should something go wrong, as well as providing local education and search and rescue assistance. This busy, growing charity, with no paid staff or government funding are now looking to fund a support vehicle to increase their impact on this busy river.
Tees River Rescue is an independent inland rescue charity based on the upstream section (26.7 miles) of the River Tees in the North East of England – an area used by thousands of people each day for walking, exercise, fishing, running, water sports and much more.
Most drowning victims never meant to enter the water. Statistics show that most accidental drownings in open water are people engaging in leisure activities near the water, such as running or walking. Slips and falls into deep water can cause cold water shock and ultimately death.
Tees River Rescue aim to prevent these types of incidents by providing river patrols, educating local river users, and providing free safety boat cover at events. They are also available 24/7 to assist emergency services with search and rescue.
Tees River Rescue is a charity with no paid staff and no government funding, relying completely on support from the public, local businesses, supporters and volunteers.
The volunteer crew operate from their own Rigid Inflatable Boat and can cover a lot of ground across the whole of the river environment in a short period of time, as well as search the riverbed with their sonar equipment.
The charity have just bought a second Rigid Inflatable Boat. This larger, faster, more powerful vessel means the team will be able to respond to multiple incidents at a time, and respond quicker in emergencies. They will also be able to access the tidal side of The Tees Barrage.
Grants for Good funding will be used towards purchasing a welfare vehicle. This would help with their outreach work but, most importantly, can be aside the river so people rescued by the charity can immediately be somewhere warm and be transported for treatment.