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.
Photo from left to right: Inigo Mijangos of SMHumanitario, Violeta Moreno Lax of Queen Mary University, Meeting convener MEP Miguel Urban, Bruce Reid IMRF, David Hammond Human Rights at Sea and Elly Schelin MEP.
Voluntary code agreed for NGOs providing maritime search and rescue in the Mediterranean
Ten maritime search and rescue non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have met with representatives of the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting which took place with the support of MEP Miguel Urban, discussed the on-going humanitarian crisis on Europe’s southern borders, and the Search and Rescue (SAR) NGOs' on-going essential efforts to save life at sea.
The main focus was understanding and agreeing the means and methods of addressing unsubstantiated accusations of unlawful conduct by SAR NGOs in the Mediterranean region, which, if allowed to continue unchecked, will endanger lawful SAR activities.
International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) CEO, Bruce Reid said "We were disappointed that the representatives from the European security institutions did not attend the planned closed door meeting on the first day as there is an urgent need to increase dialogue between the NGOs and these organisations.”
‘Learning from experience’ is the title of our fourth mass rescue operations conference, to be held in Sweden in June: see www.imrfmro.org/homeg4. But it’s not just in such challenging situations that we can usefully learn from each other. And the IMRF is an internationally recognised means of facilitating that learning process.
There is great value in disseminating SAR information – including lessons learned in SAR incidents, accidents, exercises and drills – as widely as possible, so that SAR service personnel can learn from others’ experience and ideas and improve their own preparedness. Why, as they say, reinvent the wheel..?