Mountain rescue team handed royal medals

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 June 2012

Alan George of Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue service with their Diamond Jubilee medals

Alan George of Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue service with their Diamond Jubilee medals

Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue

SOME of the longest-serving members of a voluntary emergency rescue team have been honoured by the Royal Family.

SOME of the longest-serving members of a voluntary emergency rescue team have been honoured by the Royal Family.

Almost 40 members of Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue (A&S SAR) team received a Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of their efforts.

The team, who were training in Cheddar, received their medals this week, which will be formally presented to them by a representative of the Queen next month.

The mountain rescue service helps stranded, distressed or injured climbers at Cheddar Gorge and across North Somerset and Somerset.

The 55-strong team is on call 24 hours a day all year round in case an emergency arises.

The team also searches land and water for missing people.

Alan George, chief rescue officer with the team, said: “We are the only emergency service with the ability to mount a rescue in Cheddar Gorge.

“This award is a good reflection on the dedication of the unpaid team members who need two years of training.

“A&S SAR is justifiably proud of its earned reputation and has become one of the most progressive search and rescue team in the UK and is often pivotal in shaping national policy.”

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