The International Maritime Rescue Federation has announced the international winners of its second IMRF H.E.R.O Awards 2017
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 have been presented to a selection of exceptional individuals and organisations, who have demonstrated outstanding bravery, professional expertise and innovation in the world of maritime search and rescue (SAR).
The Winners Were
Anton Tasanen, the first mate of a dry bulk carrier who won the individual award, for jumping into rough seas to rescue an unconscious crewmate using the vessels mooring winch.
MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) won the team award, for the crew of vessel the Phoenix who prevented the mass drownings of more than 1,800 people in the Mediterranean over just one weekend.
The UK’s RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016 won the Innovation & Technology award for their international programme working with new and developing SAR organisations. The team helps them to build leadership skills, implement processes and enhance training, leading drowning prevention in countries where it’s a major cause of death.
The Association of Maritime and River Rescue in Uruguay (ADES) won the Vladimir Maksimov H.E.R.O. Award for Lifetime Achievement, with special recognition for two volunteers Captain Ramón Sagüés and Engineer Otto Vicente Muzzio who established and built the organisation into the esteemed institution it is today.
The winners, from around the world, were announced on Thursday 2 November, at a presentation ceremony held at the RNLI headquarters in Poole, UK. The RNLI also nominated three Local H.E.R.O.s recognising the outstanding contribution of three long service lifeboat volunteers.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has announced the finalists for the 2017 H.E.R.O. Awards, recognising some of the exceptional individuals and organisations around the world who go above and beyond in maritime search and rescue (SAR).
IMRF Chairman and Trustee, Udo Fox said: "We have received nominations from around the world and we would like to thank all those who entered an individual or organisation for an award. There were many, many extremely worthy candidates and organisations doing inspiring work. We would also like to thank the judges for their deliberations and for deciding on the list of finalists, which we are proud to announce today."
Pole Star, which has proudly served the maritime sector by increasing safety and security at sea for 20 years, is sponsoring the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s H.E.R.O. award for Innovation and Technology in Maritime Search and Rescue.
The H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards, launched last year, have been developed to draw attention to the extraordinary work done to save lives in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) across the world.
8 West Consulting, the company that developed SafeTrx, the vessel tracking smartphone application, has been announced as the sponsor of the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s H.E.R.O. award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation.
The deadline for nominations for the IMRF H.E.R.O Awards, 2017, closed at the end of July and judging is currently underway. This year there were more than 40 entries from around the world, nominating individuals and organisations involved in maritime search and rescue, who deserve recognition for their exceptional service.
For the sixth year running, search and rescue (SAR) crew from across Europe will be swapping places with their counterparts to take part in a week-long Lifeboat Crew Exchange organised by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF).
Representatives from 13 different countries – Germany, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, England, France, Portugal, Estonia, the Netherlands, Ireland and Greece – will be taking part, with 11 countries hosting their international colleagues for the specialist seven day programme which will run from 23-30 September 2017.
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