New sites will boost European search and rescue

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Title Cospas–Sarsat system
Released 06/03/2012 10:20 am
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For three decades the Cospas–Sarsat system has used transponders on satellites such as Europe’s MSG and MetOp to pick up distress calls from ships and aircraft.
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Title Extending Europe’s search and rescue cover
Released 06/03/2012 11:23 am
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Cospas–Sarsat’s extension to MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) will extend its search and rescue coverage (the area outlined in red). On the ground the Galileo programme is contributing a Toulouse-based test bench, and a networked trio of MEOSAR ground stations – known as Local User Terminals (LUTs) – to cover Europe, based in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic, Cyprus and the Canary Islands. Existing LUTs are distributed on a per country basis, but it is an advantage of MEOSAR that fewer ground stations will be needed for greater coverage. Galileo engineers have introduced another innovation: for the first time those in distress will receive a reply, letting them know their signal was picked up and help is on the way.
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17 November 2014

A trio of stations has taken shape on three islands at the far corners of our continent, ready to pick up distress calls via satellite from all across Europe and its surrounding waters.

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Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station to receive a new all weather lifeboat. Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton announced that the RNLI have advised that the station is now scheduled to receive one of the new “state of the art” Shannon Class Lifeboats, to replace their current Mersey Class lifeboat “Grace Darling”, which has been on station at Seahouses since 1991.

Ian Clayton added “The current Mersey Class boat has served us well, and is still a very capable lifeboat, but technology moves on, and the new Shannon is bristling with technology and has many improvements when compared with the Mersey. The main advantage will be the much faster top speed of 26 knots, compared with the current boat’s 16 knots, and much increased manoeuvrability. The increased speed will enable the boat to reach incidents more quickly, and hopefully enhance its life saving capability”. The new boat should be on station by 2018.

Icy Mount Seymour Rescue



Today North Shore Rescue was tasked by BC Ambulance to respond to Mount Seymour for an injured hiker. The hiker was on the trail, headed to Dog Mountain, when he slipped on ice and sustained a serious lower leg injury. Compounding this situation was the fact that the hiker was dressed very lightly with frigid temperatures prevailing.

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Exmouth RNLI volunteers tow fishing boat through the night

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PR101114 The Brixham fishing boat alongside Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

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PR101114 Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launches in the dark

Photos: (credit Exmouth RNLI)

Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launched at 7.44pm on 9 November to reports of a broken down fishing boat 10 miles south of Lyme Regis. The 26 tonne vessel with two people on board had mechanical failure and was drifting in the dark.

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Delaware State Police Takes Delivery of World’s First Two Bell 429s Configured for Helicopter Emergency Services, Search and Rescue and Airborne Law Enforcement


Fort Worth, Texas (November 5, 2014) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (HEMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police aviation section. The milestone aircraft will join the Delaware State Police’s current fleet of Bell helicopters and be used throughout the state for a variety of parapublic missions with a strong focus on EMS.

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Lifeboat Ball organised by Exmouth RNLI crew volunteers’ wives raises £5,000

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PR311014 Crew volunteers, Deputy Launching Authorities, Lifeboat Medical Advisers and Chair of the Lifeboat Management Group at the 2014 Lifeboat Ball.

Photo: credit Emma Crane-Woodman, Exmouth Photo Studio

The 2014 Lifeboat Ball which took place on 4 October at the Exmouth Pavilion, amassed £5,040.16 through ticket sales, raffle and a prize auction. The successful event was organised by a committee of Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers’ wives and girlfriends.

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Another unsuccessful attempted robbery at Exmouth Lifeboat Station

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PR031114 Damage to the glass window panel on the all-weather lifeboat hall door.
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PR031114 Damage to the shop wall.
PR031114 Boathouse door damage

PR031114 Damage to the wooden door.

Photos: (credit Exmouth RNLI)

For the second time in six weeks, thieves have caused costly damage to the charity’s lifeboat station on Queens Drive in Exmouth. Taking place overnight on 2 November, no money was taken and the boathouse has now been secured.

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Dongfeng battle on despite damage


– Chinese boat bounces back from second setback

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ALICANTE, Spain – Dongfeng Race Team has suffered significant damage after part of the control lines for the masthead gennaker sail broke, but the Chinese boat continues to challenge for Leg 1 victory in the Volvo Ocean Race after pulling off a rapid repair job to retain second place.

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