Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue (aka SULSAR) is a voluntary organisation which is part of ALSAR (Association of Lowland Search and Rescue). We mainly search for vulnerable missing persons (known as mispers). SULSAR is a registered charity & therefore we rely on donations. Although members are volunteers they require specialist equipment and therefore donations are vital.
We are normally called out by Suffolk Constabulary, but we also respond to calls from other search teams in neighbouring counties. More >>
For those plucky SULSAR members that arrived at the Pontins holiday camp in Kessingland, last Sunday morning, the weather conditions were far from tropical! An onshore breeze and wintery temperatures made for an interesting days training exercise.
Exercise Mayfly was the brain child of the Southwold & Lowestoft HM Coastguard and was the first multi agency exercise organised to allow various volunteer rescue teams to coordinate together in a emergency scenario. Those in attendance were members from SULSAR; NORLSAR; Suffolk community 4x4 Response; Norfolk & Suffolk 4x4 Response; Southwold & Lowestoft; Happisburgh & Gorleston coastguard teams as well as Lowestoft St Johns ambulance.
The search scenario involved a group of missing walkers (played by St John’s) who had been missing overnight with several of them simulated injuries sustained from falls, exposure and diabetic medical conditions. The scenario was managed by SULSAR with mixed search teams tasked to locate the missing individuals, extract where necessary and offer medical assistance.
The outcome of the exercise was that all mispers were located and the feedback was that there is now a closer link between Lowland search teams and the Coastguard. Here’s to the next joint exercise.