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IMRF Launches ‘Keep Children in the Mediterranean Afloat’ Campaign

London Monday, 16 September 2016. Lifejackets have been donated by ActionAid to the International Maritime Rescue Federation to send to the Mediterranean to help adults and children who need rescuing on a daily basis.

The 300 lifejackets – 150 for adults and the rest for children – will be sent to Sea-Watch in Malta who are performing rescues and who are in desperate need of lifejackets for children and babies.

IMRF Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme Will Involve 13 European Rescue Organisations

London, Monday, 19 September 2016. For the fifth consecutive year, rescue volunteers from European nations are to participate next week in a seven day Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme organised by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF).

The well-established programme will include representatives from 13 countries and nine will host a full exchange seven days in their respective locations with each country able to send seven crew members each going to a different country.

Inmarsat Announces Sponsorship for IMRF H.E.R.O. Award

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, will commemorate the untimely passing earlier this year of one of the architects of its Maritime Safety Operations network by sponsoring the first International Maritime Rescue Federation H.E.R.O. Award for outstanding service to maritime search and rescue, 'The Vladimir Maksimov Award'.

The sponsorship is seen as a fitting tribute to Vladimir Maksimov, Inmarsat Manager Maritime Safety Operations, who died on 4th May 2016 after a short illness, following 25 years with Inmarsat. Mr Maksimov played a central role in the Inmarsat safety team.

IMRF Recognises the Selfless Commitment of Merchant Navy Veterans on Merchant Navy Day

IMRF immediate past chairman, Michael Vlasto OBE, represented the IMRF at the Merchant Navy Day Commemorative Service and laid a wreath at the Merchant Navy Memorial last week in memory of the contribution and sacrifice of merchant seafarers in the First and Second World Wars. This years service made appropriate reference to the current migrant crisis and recognised those working towards saving them at sea.

Hellenic Rescue Team Receives the UNHCR NANSEN Refugee Award

The Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) and Efi Latsoudi, the human rights activist behind “PIKPA village” in Lesvos, will be awarded this year's NANSEN Refugee Award by the UNHCR.

This award is a tremendous honor for volunteerism and at the same time a great legacy for all the volunteers of the organization operating in the branches of HRT in Lesvos, Samos, Kos and the newest of all in Chios, but also to all our volunteers who, in their own way, helped during the refugee crisis. According to an announcement of the UNHCR, the Hellenic Rescue Team was chosen "for its unrelenting efforts to save refugees in distress at sea".

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