Monday, June 22, 2015

UK Firm Ships Specialist Life Saving Kit to Save the Lives of Migrants in Mediterranean

State of the Art Equipment Intended to Help Drowning Refugees
Shipping News Feature

UK – MEDITERRANEAN – Hampshire based Land and Marine Products Ltd, manufacturers of safety equipment for rescue at sea, have donated four state of the art Jason’s Cradle units, the same equipment used globally by the military and commercial rescue operations, in a humanitarian bid to save the lives of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

The equipment has been sent to Malta where it will be put into immediate use by MOAS, the privately financed Migrant Offshore Aid Station. MOAS is currently equipped with a 40-metre expedition vessel, the Phoenix, two Remote Piloted Aircraft, two RHIBs (rigid-hulled inflatable boats), and a highly experienced team of rescuers and paramedics. Since it’s set-up in 2013, MOAS has rescued over 6000 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Jason’s Cradle is a man overboard safety device considered by many to be the most respected recovery, embarkation/disembarkation and evacuation system in the world. The cradle is designed to retrieve people quickly and horizontally from the water, thus reducing the possibilities of ‘dry drowning’ now more commonly known as Circum Rescue Collapse. A key feature of modern sea rescue, the horizontal lift for man overboard operations, has now become critical in the marine world and by using the Jason's Cradle®, not only is this achievable, but it is one of the safest and quickest methods of retrieval for conscious and/or unconscious casualties.

MOAS consists of international humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff, and experienced maritime officers who have come together to help prevent further catastrophes at sea and is the first privately-funded mission to assist migrants. Its primary aim is to reduce loss of life during dangerous migrant crossings from North Africa to Europe. The project was inspired by several recent catastrophes in the Mediterranean, which migrants regularly attempt to cross in unseaworthy vessels. MOAS has itself received a wide variety of press attention due to the fantastic nature of the work they are undertaking.

The cradle units were dispatched from the Fleet manufacturing site this month and Land and Marine Products Managing Director Garth Matthews flew out to spend time with MOAS training the highly capable team in how best to use the Jason’s Cradle units. A video of the company’s products in action can be viewed here.