Who we are
and what we do
Môn-SAR are Anglesey’s own lowland search and rescue team, here to support our community and visitors to the Island.
Môn Search and Rescue is an operational member team of Lowland Rescue™ which is a national association of search and rescue teams based and operating in lowland areas across the United Kingdom.
Môn-SAR is the first lowland search and rescue team in Wales and undertakes searches in lowland and urban areas (up to 600 metres). Such searches on Anglesey were carried out by neighbouring Mountain Rescue Teams in Snowdonia but these teams are under increasing demand, and the creation of Môn-SAR in 2015 means that there is now a dedicated lowland search and rescue team for operations in non-mountainous inland areas on the Island. Môn-SAR are tasked by North Wales Police and supplements the existing professional and volunteer search and rescue agencies on the Island and the North Wales mainland, such as the Coastguard, RNLI, Cave Rescue, our neighbouring Mountain Rescue Teams and SARDA Wales search dogs.
Operational since 2018
Our main type of call out is searching for vulnerable missing people, so our volunteer members are highly trained in search techniques, adapted to the category of missing person (for example, someone who is despondent, living with dementia or autism or living with mental health issues). We also support other search and research organisations on the mainland if the need arises.
In addition to assisting the Welsh Ambulance Service with stretcher evacuations over rough ground where the ambulance paramedics need assistance, we also get called out to help injured walkers, assess their injuries and carry them to safety if required. And because we’re based on Anglesey and most of us live here, we know the Island and its terrain really well, allowing us to quickly find walkers who may be lost in the dark.
What happens when the team is called out to search?