The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS) is enhancing the cooperation with its sister organisation in Greece, the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT).
This Tuesday, 14th October 2015, the HRT branch on the Island of Kos delivered the first of two boats, that will make the Greek volunteers able to participate in operative sea rescue with the Greek Coast Guard.
Many Greek islands are experiencing a huge influx of refugees, and only on Kos there are several hundred refugees arriving every day.
"The voluntary work, in which the Greek people play a big part, is also our responsibility.", says Secretary General, Rikke Lind, "By giving our Greek sister organisation boats, we are helping to contribute to something lasting."
"Earlier this year the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue initiated a partnership with the Hellenic Rescue Team. This was in the connection with the offer from RS to send the Norwegian rescue boat; Peter Henry von Koss, to assist in the Mediterranean. We then learned that 2,000 volunteers in HRT, 700 within sea rescue, shared a handful of old boats to do the job."
"We are used to working with a minimum of resources. Therefore the boat RS now has given us, makes a big difference. We will be able to assist the Greek Coast guard with their task to help the refugees in a much better way,", says the president of the Hellenic Rescue Team, Kalogeropolus Georgios, "The boat you have given us, is a symbol that volunteers stay together, regardless of borders."
Hellenic Rescue Team has also received an offer to participate in a training program for volunteers, which will be initiated by the RS.
Photos: The first of two boats given to the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) from the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS). “The boats given to us from RS makes a big difference for our volunteers says the President of the HRT, Kalogeropolus Georgios (front). Here with Rikke Lind, the Secretary General of RS.
Article written by Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (Redningsselskapet)