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Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR)

Bristow has provided search and rescue (SAR) services in all the countries in which we operate. A core part of our helicopter transport services, Bristow has SAR operations in the Netherlands, Norway, Trinidad, Australia, Russia, Brazil and Canada. Bristow can supply 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.

Recently, Bristow won the contract to provide Search and Rescue (SAR) services in the North of Scotland. Visit for more information on U.K. search and rescue provided by Bristow Helicopters Ltd.

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. 

In the North Sea, Bristow was the first civil helicopter company to work in the region and remains one of the main service providers to the oil and gas industry, including search and rescue operations.

In 2012 The Department for Transport in the U.K. awarded Bristow Helicopters Ltd. the UK Gap SAR contract for Northern Scotland. The four year contract is to provide search and rescue services in the North of Scotland, working with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Bristow will operate four helicopters from Sumburgh and Stornoway starting in the summer of 2013.