When you are involved in maritime search and rescue you are used to facing the elements head on but what happens when your station itself is affected by inclement weather. Here Julie Schneider of VISAR explains how they were affected by Hurricane Irma and how they are rebuilding their service.
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue has been serving the community for the past 30 years but on September 6, 2017, our lives in the British Virgin Islands changed forever when the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over us.
With sustained winds clocking over 185 mph and a rumored 16 tornadoes, the damage from the storm was described by many as “looking like a set of a post-apocalyptic movie”. Cars overturned, 20 Ton yachts picked up and flipped over, roofs were blown off, power lines dangling and not a leaf or flower to be seen. It’s an image that will stay with us forever.
CM Hammar, who for the past 160 years have been providing better solutions for safety at sea, have donated £1,500 to the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Mixed Migrants Safety Project (new window) and to our Affiliate Member Sea-Watch, who are working to save lives in the Central Mediterranean.
Håkan Skutberg, Managing Director, CM Hammar says: "When our company wanted to make a Christmas Gift to the IMRF it seemed natural to choose a project and organisation that was working in the Central Mediterranean."
Thirty years ago today, on 20 December 1987, the passenger ferry Doña Paz collided with the oil tanker Vector in the Philippines. Fire spread rapidly through the two ships and over the surrounding sea.
At the time of the incident, it was difficult to be certain how many people died, because the ferry was grossly overloaded – people travelling to Manila for Christmas had been sold extra tickets illegally.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and Inmarsat have delivered the very first maritime search and rescue Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) course in Morocco.
Seven maritime search and rescue (SAR) professionals have taken part - five from Morocco, one from Senegal and one from Nigeria. They are all GMDSS trainers in Africa and will return to their respective regions to pass on the knowledge and training to their teams and organisations.
The GMDSS is an international system, which uses approved terrestrial and satellite technology and ship-board radio systems. This trusted technology means that shore-based rescue and communications authorities can be immediately alerted in the event of an emergency at sea.
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.
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