Sunderland & Tynemouth RNLI assist in the rescue of windsurfer in 60mph winds

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Date: 29/11/2015
Author: Paul Nicholson

Lifeboat volunteers from Sunderland and Tynemouth RNLI Station were called into action earlier this afternoon (Sunday 29 November) to assist a windsurfer who was in difficulty in the water at Seaburn after becoming separated from his board in 60mph winds

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Long Term Training Contracts Signed by STARS and New Jersey State Police



Five and three year training contracts for EMS operator STARS of Canada and New Jersey State Police Department in US, respectively

· Both customers operate AW139 helicopters

· The combined training agreements will deliver more than 2,600 simulator flight hours

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that long term training service contracts have been signed with customers operating AW139 intermediate twin helicopters in the United States and Canada.

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North Shore Trail Map Donation


Recently Tim O`Hearn, map maker at Trail Ventures BC, met with NSR to donate 26 copies of their new second edition North Shore trail map. This map is exactly the type that we recommend people buy and learn how to use with their compass. It is waterproof and durable and has the latest trail changes as some are added and some taken off. This particular map covers Cypress and the Howe Sound Crest Trail right through to Seymour and the Elsay Lake Trail.

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Djibouti contingency planning exercise


A national table top exercise on maritime contingency planning is being conducted in Djibouti (9-10 November), as part of a series of events leading up to the official opening of the Djibouti Regional Training Centre on Thursday (12 November). The aim of the exercise is to improve procedures and policies when faced with complex maritime security incidents. The table top exercise follows the successful model of table top exercises carried out in west and central Africa and is the first of a planned series in east Africa. Some 24 participants from relevant government departments and agencies are participating in the exercise, which is intended to stimulate discussion and demonstrate the need for co-operation amongst government departments and agencies. A range of evolving scenarios are utilised, to determine respective roles, responsibilities, processes and procedures, and how these may develop, both with respect to routine business, and during an incident. Discussions are being facilitated by IMO’s Henrik Madsen and Kiruja Micheni with a team of consultants.

Joint Aviation Command of the United Arab Emirates Selects the AW609 TiltRotor for SAR Missions



· AW609 TiltRotor to be operated by the UAE’s Joint Aviation Command

· Joint Aviation Command to be the launch customer for the SAR variant of the AW609 TiltRotor

· The extraordinary speed and range of the AW609 bring new capabilities to the market


The Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates announced today it has selected the AW609 TiltRotor for search and rescue (SAR) missions. Delivery of the first three AW609 TiltRotors to the JAC, with three additional options, is expected to start in the 2019 timeframe.

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‘It was the most difficult rescue I’ve been on’

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Find out more about the award-winning rescue
‘It was the most difficult rescue I’ve been on’
When Andrew McGeown saw Arnold, his 2-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, vanish off of the side of the sea wall, he instinctively went in after him. What happened next sparked a tragic chain of events that would severely test the crew of Scarborough’s inshore lifeboat and would become a defining moment for the close-knit seaside community.
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Exmouth RNLI volunteers rescue kitesurfer from Polesands

oct-3015-PR301015 Kitesurfer rescue

Left to right: Crew volunteer, Guy Munnings; Kitesurfer casualty and Crew volunteer, Andrew Stott in front of D class inshore lifeboat George Bearman and Tooltrak tractor involved in the rescue. (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

Inshore lifeboat George Bearman launched at 12.55pm on 30 October to a kitesurfer on a sandbank, 500m south of the lifeboat station.

Crew volunteers were on scene within four minutes following a call to the Coastguard from the casualty’s mother, on the beach. The lady from London had lost control of her kite when the wind dropped in a strong ebb tide.