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search and rescue

[′sərch ən ′res‚kyü]
(engineering)
The use of aircraft, surface craft, submarines, specialized rescue teams and equipment to search for and rescue personnel in distress on land or at sea.

search and rescue (SAR)

The use of aircraft, surface craft, submarines, and specialized rescue teams and equipment to search for and rescue personnel in distress on land or at sea. This type of operation when carried out in the face of the enemy is called combat search and rescue.
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The first peace-time air-sea rescue squadron exclusively using helicopters was No 275 Squadron reorganised in 1953 at RAF Linton-on-Ouse and these provided cover over the North Sea.
In fact, they were as good as rescued as the moment their distress signal was picked up, Air-Sea Rescue was on its way.
Intended for experimental use in a flight development program and for tactical use in utility and air-sea rescue operations, the helo made its first hovering flight on 25 March 1946.
An air-sea rescue helicopter also attended the scene to help the lifeboat track down Mr Meyrick.
SAILOR Steven Smith, 40, sparked a pounds 2,000 air-sea rescue operation when his speedboat drifted out into the North Sea.
Our Bahamian neighbors were incredible; from the Bahamian Air-Sea Rescue Association to dock workers, they couldn't do enough, at all levels, to help us in our search.
In response to the looming crisis, the Southern government deploys the Argosy, a gigantic super carrier outfitted with a phalanx of SeaBlades; high performance air-sea rescue vehicles capable of flight and water submersion.
London, Oct 06 (ANI): Prince William has successfully completed his first air-sea rescue mission with the RAF.
IN 1942 I spent a holiday with my parents and sister in Newlyn, Cornwall where my mother was serving with the RAF on an air-sea rescue boat in the harbour.
30am starting with an air-sea rescue display along the promenade through to Beating the Retreat in the evening.
A major air-sea rescue was launched after reports a woman had been in the sea with the man.
During the five years of the Second World War its planes were airborne almost 24 hours of every day, attacking German shipping and U-boats and undertaking reconnaissance and air-sea rescue missions.