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.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation has appointed specialist maritime corporate communications agency Navigate PR, to manage its media relations and provide strategic communications support.
The IMRF is the international charity focused on preventing loss of life in the world’s waters. Established in 1924, the organisation works with government and non-government search and rescue organisations around the world to prevent the loss of life.
Navigate will be working with IMRF to raise the charity’s profile and awareness of its work, while supporting the charity’s aspirations for global membership growth and funding through intelligent media relations and strategic communications activities.