Slowing Africa’s Silent Killer

Mohammed Drissi, Trustee at International Maritime Rescue Federation speaks about what he calls "Africa's silent killer": drowning. Drowning has become a silent epidemic, says Mr. Drissi, as it is causes the most deaths after malaria and malnutrition. Read more

SAR Matters: Defining Distress Continued ...

People known to be in distress need to be rescued, of course – and the SAR community knows that this concept must also be extended to those believed to be in distress, and to those who, while not yet in distress, will become so if help is not provided to them in the meantime. Read more

Learning Lessons

Everyone agrees that there is great value in sharing SAR information as widely as possible, including lessons identified in SAR incidents, accidents, exercises and drills, so that SAR service personnel can take opportunities to learn from others’ experience and improve their own preparedness. Read more

Managing Traumatic Stress

Although I have been personally involved in pulling people from the sea on a couple of occasions, my own background in SAR is mostly in rescue coordination, training and management. One or more steps back from the front line. Away from the stress. Right...? Read more

Mass Rescue Operations: Learning from Experience

As regular readers will know, the fourth in the IMRF’s acclaimed series of conferences on maritime mass rescue operations will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Monday & Tuesday 12-13 June 2017, with a live exercise during the late afternoon of Sunday 11th as an ‘optional extra’, at no extra charge, for delegates arriving in the city over the weekend. Read more

Le Boréal: Lessons Learned

Andrew had attended a mass rescue operations (MRO) planning workshop organised by the British Consulate in Miami in September 2015 – only a few weeks before Le Boréal made her MAYDAY call. Read more