The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), the international charity focussed on preventing loss of life in the world’s waters, has announced that Theresa Crossley will be its new Chief Executive.
Theresa will join IMRF in October this year, when she steps down from her role as Executive Director of The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (UKMPG).
In April Norwegian trainers from Redningsselskapet (RS) were in Larache, Morocco working with SAR crew from the Morocco Ministry of fisheries rescue vessel Loukouss.
The training is part of the IMRF Global SAR development project which is looking at improving the SAR coordination and response in the African regions.
The Head of International Projects for RS, Vivi K. Lundgren Schumann, coordinated the activity with IMRF Regional Coordinator and Head of RCC Rabat, Mohammed Drissi.
IMO is supporting countries in western Africa to enhance their national search and rescue (SAR) services with a regional training course and meeting taking place in Lagos, Nigeria late in 2016.
The activities are assisting Member States under the 'Nigeria SAR Region' (Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe) to develop their regional SAR Plan and to increase regional cooperation.
Photo Top: State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Anette Elseth cuts the ribbon with Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr. Giannis Boutaris
Less than 2 years ago the Hellenic Rescue Team asked IMRF members for help as their volunteers were facing exhaustion rescuing 10s of thousands of people escaping Syria for Europe across the Aegean Sea from Turkey.
The response was immediate with Norwegian Rednigselskapet (RS) Secretary General Rikke Lind, the first to help with an offer of support made within minutes of the presentation made by HRT.
This offer was followed up with support from the Norwegian Government and the combined efforts of IMRF members SSRS (Sweden), DGzRS (Germany), KNRM (The Netherlands) and RNLI (UK).
Individuals and organisations are urged to nominate anyone involved in maritime search and rescue who deserves recognition for exceptional service
The International Maritime Rescue Federation is calling for nominations and entries for its H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards 2017.
An estimated 400,000 lives are lost in the world’s waters every year, a number that would be much higher without the outstanding work done by individuals and teams in the maritime search and rescue (SAR) sector.
Too often the full story is not told, as the rescues take place beyond the horizon. There are teams of people working together to coordinate the rescues, while new technology and innovations are helping to reduce the time it takes to complete a rescue, taking the ‘search’ out of search and rescue.
There are individuals who are working selflessly to make sure that those in distress can be saved and there are people who have given a lifetime of service to make the world’s waters safer.