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Borders Water Rescue Team

Borders Water Rescue Team (BWRT)
BWRT is a charity which was set up in 1987 following the fire engine disaster off Rennie’s Bridge in Kelso. It was originally called the Borders Underwater Search Team and when it was established it was the only dedicated in-land water based search & rescue group in the UK and remains unique within Scotland to this day. BRWT consists of 11 Rescue3 trained Swiftwater Rescue Technicians, 11 Rescue3 Flood Responders, communication specialists, fund raisers and active supporters – all volunteer men and women from across the central Borders. The team deals with fast flowing water rescue situations such as missing person searches and forensic recoveries, as well as providing water safety cover for local events. In the past year BWRT responded to six Police Scotland callouts two of which were flood responses and four were missing person water searches. If you would like to find out more about joining the team, help with water safety cover for an event or receive a presentation email BWRT at or visit our Facebook page or

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