Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team receives funding for water rescue equipment

SMRT volunteers training for water rescues.

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (SMRT) has received funding from the Government to improve its water rescue response.

The team received £6,422.62 to replace worn out water rescue equipment.

SMRT was one of dozens of rescue groups across the country which shared £1m to help them save the lives of people who get into difficulty in or near water.

The Department for Transport revealed that 57 successful bids for the latest round of the rescue boat grant fund.

The scheme was launched in 2014 to provide £5m over five years to independent search and rescue teams working on inland waterways.

Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Our rescue boat teams are the unsung heroes of the UK’s waterways.

“Their commitment and skill keeps people safe on and around our rivers, lakes and inshore areas.

“Lives have been saved as a result of this scheme and our additional funding will ensure that these tireless volunteers and charities can buy the craft, equipment, and other resources they need to provide vital round-the-clock services.”