Thursday, March 5, 2020

Time to Name Your Ocean Going Heroes Once Again

Search and Rescue Nominations Open
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UK – The time has come to nominate for the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards which recognise volunteers and professional Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel alike, from those developing innovative technology or equipment, to those involved in hands-on multi agency rescues, and others who have dedicated their lives to building maritime SAR service in their region.

The Awards also look for those women acting as an inspiration to others in a traditionally male dominated sector, and appropriately the CEO of the IMRF, Theresa Crossley,fits perfectly in that category. She comments:

“Every day around the world, maritime search and rescue (SAR) volunteers and professionals save lives at sea. It’s a tradition as old as anyone can remember and enshrined in international and maritime law, but we shouldn’t take it for granted.

“Today we are calling on everyone involved in maritime SAR to ‘take a step back’ and to celebrate the dedication of their colleagues or recognise the equipment that makes SAR operations possible today that would have been unthinkable even a few short years ago. It’s time to submit your nominations for the IMRF Awards 2020. It is time to say thank you and well done!”

The International Awards are now in their fifth year, nominations come from around the world and the five categories are:

  • Individual: For Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations
  • Team: For Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations
  • Innovation & Technology: For Innovation and Technology in the field of Maritime SAR
  • Lifetime Achievement: The Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector
  • #WomeninSAR Award: recognising exceptional inspiring SAR women
The closing date for nominations is 30 June 2020, and the winners will be announced on 7 October 2020 at a ceremony on board HQS Wellington, an historic vessel moored on the River Thames in London, UK.

You can see full details of the Awards here and nominate using this link.