A HAMPSHIRE rescue charity marked its 900th call-out on New Year’s Day.

On Saturday, January 1, Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) responded to a New Year’s Day call from Hampshire Constabulary to look for a missing person, who was located safe and well after a short search.

This was the 900th callout for theall-volunteer charity, to search for vulnerable and at-risk missing people on behalf of the police, since its formation in 2003.

A spokesperson said: “The 900th Callout is not a cause for celebration nor a reason to glorify what we do. Far from it - but it is a time for reflection.

“We think of those we have tried to help over the years and their families. We are reminded of the unwavering commitment of our trained volunteers, past and present, and the support given by their families.”

They continued: “During the Pandemic we have taken additional steps to protect ourselves but have still responded to every request for assistance. We will continue to do so on behalf of the police and for our local communities.”

HANTSAR is one of many county based Lowland Search and Rescue units which exist countrywide. Like other units in the country, it is affiliated to Lowland Rescue (Association of Lowland Search and Rescue) which forms part of the UK Search and Rescue Operators Group alongside Mountain Rescue and other organisations.

For more information on the charity, and how you can support them or join the team, visit: https://hantsar.org/