One of Britain's coastal byways crosses the sands of Morecambe Bay and it's a treacherous place to be so when LRO wanted to use it to reunite Sir Ranulph Fiennes with two tracked 110s from the 1997 Transglobal Expedition 'that never was', the Bay Search and Rescue team supported the undertaking. Bay Search and Rescue has some unique rescue abilities within the team and its two Hagglunds BV206 tracked amphibious rescue vehicles are well suited to the bay's treacherous sands. The team used their vehicles extensively in Cockermouth during the floods where they worked in partnership with Cumbria Fire and Rescue. BSAR get called to many vehicles which get stuck around the bay, and offered a reassuring and professional presence to the LRO photoshoot.
Gary Parsons of Bay SAR said that, 'The Bay is simply no place for road-going or even 'off-road' vehicles. The sands of Morecambe Bay look inviting but when people who have lived and worked all their lives on the Bay can get caught out by the shifting soft sands it proves that we should take this as a warning to those who think it looks safe to drive (or walk) across. Clearly without expert knowledge or specialist vehicles it is not.' Those wishing to cross the bay should use the expert services of Cedric Robinson the Queen's Guide to the sands.
The BSAR have been seen in LRO on more than one occasion, including the booklet entitled, Coastal Greenlanes with one of their two Hagglunds BV206 tracked amphibious rescue vehicles. The team, a registered charity, features prominently in the November 2012 issue with Sir Ran Fiennes and the pair of tracked 110s. For more information visit www.baysearchandrescue.org.uk click here for BSAR
Watch this video clip to see the tracked 110s in action in Alaska on the snow and powering the pontoon that was to have carried the team across the Bering Straits