The Borders Water Rescue Team provides a water based search, rescue & recovery service in conjunction with the emergency services. We have a volunteer team of trained personnel who are able to assist with searching for individuals who have got into trouble in our many rivers. In addition, we provide health and safety support for any water based community activities (e.g. Common Ridings water crossings).
The Borders Water Rescue Team's purpose is to provide a water-related search, rescue and recovery service to benefit the general public and save lives.
The operational Team of appropriately qualified and experienced volunteers work with the emergency services (police, fire service, mountain rescue etc) to deliver the following:
We also provide a safety/support service for community events where water is involved, allowing the general public to participate safely.
The Team covers the whole of the Scottish Borders Council and East Lothian local authority areas, as well as a large part both Mid and West Lothian. We draw Team members from Northumberland, Cumbria as well as within the covered area. We include a very wide cross-section of the local population within the membership such as builders, painters, farmers, engineers, teachers, project managers, plant operators and HGV drivers to name but a few!