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Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR)

A core part of our helicopter transport services, Bristow provides search and rescue (SAR) services in Australia, Canada, Norway, Russia, Trinidad and the U.K. For oil and gas industry clients, Bristow supplies a dedicated SAR helicopter and crew to cover exploration projects in remote areas. It requires specific expertise to conduct SAR operations, and Bristow has been a world leader in SAR for years, with experienced pilots, aircrew, paramedics, engineers and ground crew to conduct SAR operations safely and reliably.

Bristow is the leading provider of search and rescue (SAR) services in the UK, on behalf of Her Majesty's Coastguard, having been awarded the UK SAR contract commencing in April 2015. By the summer of 2017, Bristow will operate 10 coastguard helicopter bases around the UK.

In fulfillment of the Gap SAR contract for Northern Scotland, Bristow provides helicopters and crew to two HM Coastguard bases in Shetland and the Western Isles, and by summer of 2017 Bristow will operate 10 coastguard helicopter bases around the UK.

These 10 bases will go live in a phased approach from 1 April 2015. As each new base opens, the military helicopters which currently carry out civilian search and rescue will finish their civilian obligations.

Bristow has a long history of providing search and rescue services in the U.K., beginning in 1971 when Whirlwinds were replaced by Bristow S55 helicopters at RAF Manston in Kent.

Since then Bristow has flown 44,000+ SAR operational hours and conducted 15,000+ SAR missions, during which more than 7,000 people have been rescued by Bristow crews.

Visit for more information on UK SAR, the fleet, our locations, and the extensive and specialized training that our search and rescue teams receive.