Stories of dedication and bravery dominated the events held in Washington D.C., USA and Lisbon, Portugal yesterday when the winners of the IMRF H.E.R.O Awards were announced.
Helicopter crash training, survival techniques in cold water, rescuing crew mates from capsized boats and lifeguarding were just some of the activities for the 65 volunteers in the latest European Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) revealed the long list of entries for its H.E.R.O. awards – launched in April this year.
The independent maritime human rights charity, Human Rights at Sea, publishes new independent guidance for volunteer maritime rescuers for their awareness of the potential risks of criminalisation when planning for and facilitating rescues at sea.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is delighted to announce the launch of the Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations Awards, the H.E.R.O. Awards, which will recognise outstanding services to global maritime search and rescue.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) remains committed to developing the maritime search and rescue (SAR) capability of the Greek volunteer service, even following the EU Turkey agreement.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT), an IMRF member organisation which is constantly rescuing migrants in the Aegean Sea.
Recent reports that some would-be rescuers do not fully understand the legal context of rescue at sea, and may have been deterred from helping people in distress because of possible legal action by local authorities seeking to counter trafficking activity are misplaced, according to the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF).
The fourth European lifeboat crew exchange attracted members from 13 countries – two more than last year – who shared experience on how to help reduce the numbers of people losing their lives in Europe’s waters.