ABSAR presentation

Cheshire SAR announces new partnership with Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR)

Cheshire Search and Rescue is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR) in the Caribbean.

Cheshire SAR’s primary function is to assist Cheshire Police in searching for vulnerable missing people but is also geared up to provide flood response, evidence searches plus major incident and aviation incident support. 

ABSAR is a voluntary organization dedicated to saving lives in Antigua and Barbuda and the surrounding waters. Officially recognised by the Coast Guard, ABSAR provides 24 hour coverage, 365 days of the year in a similar way to Cheshire SAR. 

In 1996, Paramedic/Firefighter Jonathan Cornelius provided medical support for some of the island’s key sailing regattas. ABSAR was formally started in 1998 by Julie Esty to provide marine search and rescue services, marine firefighting, emergency medical and fire-fighting response in the community, plus a Medic Station treating walk-in patients for minor medical issues, on-the-water support and medical training.

Simon Lane MBE, team leader of Cheshire SAR said “We’re delighted to announce this strategic partnership with a fellow SAR team in the Caribbean. The aim is to share best practise and pertinent information, provide mutual support in any way possible and utilise our joint experience to help develop both teams in the future. 

Jonathan Cornelius, Director of ABSAR told us “We’re looking forward to exploring ways that the two teams can support each other from different sides of the Atlantic. Cheshire and Antigua & Barbuda provide very different environments and challenges, but our passion to support our communities, save lives and provide a professional service is mutual. 

Both teams are Charities and rely on fundraising initiatives and donations in order to survive, develop and continue to serve their communities. Through this strategic partnership, both teams hope to create a mutually beneficial relationship to the benefit of the local communities in Cheshire and Antigua & Barbuda. 

To find out more about Cheshire SAR, please visit www.cheshire-sarteam.org.

To find out more about ABSAR, please visit www.absar.org.