Two Days, Four Calls

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On Sunday February 16, in the early afternoon North Shore Rescue was activated by North Vancouver RCMP for a lost hiker somewhere near the Skyline trail on Grouse Mountain. Without cellular contact, field teams were deployed both to the bottom and the top of the trail to bracket the subject. Shortly after deployment, hasty teams spotted tracks and began tracking the subject. Field teams also used various sound attraction techniques like loud hailers, whistles and bear bangers. It turns out that subject had continued to hike after contacting 911, and was lucky to stumble in the right direction, eventually intercepting the Baden Powell trail and making his way back to Grouse Base.

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SABIC works with TriForest Labware to develop first-of-its-kind 3L Fernbach flask

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SABIC works with with TriForest Labware to develop first-of-its-kind 3L Fernbach flask

With support from SABIC, TriForest Labware has developed a polycarbonate 3L Fernbach flask that the company says is the first of its size made using the injection blow molding process. This new innovation enables enhanced safety within lab environments while also improving productivity during the culture sampling process. Unlike other plastic flasks of this size which are extrusion blow molded, the TriForest Labware 3L flask uses SABIC’s LEXAN™ HP resin which can deliver thicker walls and enhanced optical clarity, enabling real-time sample measurement similar to glass, but with greater durability.

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Weston-Super-Mare RNLI Volunteers kept busy during the bad weather.

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Some Weston-super-Mare RNLI crew members joined the RNLI Flood Rescue Team in Berkshire while their comrades had their sleep disturbed at home

Two members of the Weston RNLI Lifeboat crew are also members of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team. This service can be called at any time when people need to be rescued from fast flowing flood water. Up until now most of the rescue services working in the flooded areas in the UK have been by Fire and Rescue, Environment Agency, Police and Military Personnel as the problems have not been of the fast water nature for which the RNLI team train. However the situation in Berkshire had got so bad that their help was requested.

http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/RNLI-Flood-Rescue-Team-deployed-to-flood-hit-county-of-Berkshire.aspx

More flood photos

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Our Biannual Newsletter Goes Online!

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Our Newsletter Is Moving Online.

Being ever conscious of our ability to reach as wide an audience as possible and to engage with supporters in a more direct and immediate fashion, we have taken the decision to move our twice-yearly hard copy newsletter online. This also has the added benefit of reducing our printing and postage costs ensuring more fundraising monies are going to support our wounded.

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USCG awards OPC contracts

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USCG awards OPC contracts

February 12, 2014—The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded three firm fixed-price contracts for preliminary and contract design for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) acquisition project. The contracts were awarded to Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, LA, Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc., Panama City, FL, and General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. The OPC will replace the Coast Guard’s aging 210-foot and 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutters. The OPC designs are expected to incorporate green technologies that cut fuel consumption, mitigate waterborne noise and waste streams, as well as cut energy usage. The Coast Guard says that awarding the three design contracts will ensure that there will be competition throughout to the down-select for detailed design and construction.

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Charros Foundation Matches Donations

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Ian and Rosemary Mottershead of the Charros Foundation met with NSR team members Mike Danks and Ron Royston today and presented a cheque matching the donations to the North Shore Rescue Tim Jones Legacy Fund. In a unprecedented show of support The Charros Foundation provided a check in the amount of $118,000 to North Shore Rescue. This was announced at our team meeting tonight and was received with claps and cheers from every team member.

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Captain’s recklessness blamed in ship sinking

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Captain’s recklessness blamed in ship sinking

February 11, 2014—A captain’s “reckless decision to sail into the well-forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy” was the probable cause of the sinking of the 108-ft tall ship the HMS Bounty off the North Carolina coast in October 2012, the National Transportation Safety Board finds in a report released this week. The captain and one crew member died in the accident. Three other crew members were seriously injured. The 16-page NTSB report details how a mostly inexperienced crew—some injured from falls, others seasick and fatigued from the constant thrashing of 30-foot seas—struggled for many hours to keep the ships engines running and bilge pumps operating so the seawater filling the vessel would not overtake it.

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