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‘179W – One Seven Nine West’ book launched by MOB survivor

“Lives will now be saved in the future as a result”
Andrew Taylor, Clipper 2013-14 Race crewman

Monday, 30 March 2015, London: One year after an MOB in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, during the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race, in which a crew member was successfully rescued after 100 minutes in the water, organisers have revealed the development of a new automatically activated AIS beacon.

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Big Find, Big Rescue – Using Technology to Support GSAR



On Wednesday March 18 North Shore Rescue was activated by both the North Vancouver RCMP and the West Vancouver Police for two unrelated missing persons files. NSR, police, RCMP air services and Talon Helicopters were able to scour likely areas for both based on initial information from family and friends.

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Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said following yesterday’s Germanwings 4U 9525 air disaster in France:


“Plane crashes can occur for various reasons – severe weather conditions, pilot error or mechanical failure. Early data suggests that the Germanwings flight 4U 9525 disaster could be the result of a combination of mechanical failure and pilot error.

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‘Katie’s Strawberry Shortcake’ is Antonio’s 2015 fundraising flavour gelato

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PR230315 Katie Burke (front centre) samples her ‘Katie’s Strawberry Shortcake’ flavour gelato with the other four finalists and (back left to right): Owner of Antonio’s, Tony Badcott; Emma Chandler and Andy Williams from Exmouth RNLI.

credit Exmouth RNLI

Seven year old Katie Burke has designed a flavour of Italian ice cream (gelato) to be made and sold at Antonio’s in the Strand, Exmouth to raise money to save lives at sea. Katie was announced the winner on 23 March at the café with all five finalists and their parents present.

This is the second year running that Antonio’s have asked local school children to design a special flavour to help raise money for the lifesaving charity. This year the competition was open to Exeter Road Community Primary School and The Beacon Church of England

Notes to Editors

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Shipping losses lowest for 10 years but mega-ships and cyber-attacks pose new threats for maritime sector


75 large ships lost worldwide in 2014, down by a third year-on-year
Increasing size of container ships and floating offshore facilities could cause larger losses exceeding $1 billion (£670m)
Cyber risks a growing concern in shipping sector, particularly around e-navigation
The waters around the British Isles have seen the most shipping casualties since 2005
Car carrier stability is back in the spotlight following the recent car carrier beaching at Bramble Bank in the Solent
South China and South East Asian waters top loss hotspots

London, March 24, 2015. Shipping losses continued their long-term downward trend with 75 reported worldwide in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015, which analyzes reported shipping losses of over 100 gross tons.

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HRH The Duke of Kent visits Exmouth RNLI

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HRH Duke of Kent boarding Exmouth’s Shannon class lifeboat
PR190315 Duke in Coxswain seat

HRH Duke of Kent sitting in the Coxswain’s seat of Exmouth’s Shannon class lifeboat before the launch
PR190315 Duke on deck of Shannon

HRH Duke of Kent on the deck of the Shannon class lifeboat with crew volunteers during recovery

– credit RNLI/Mike Powell for all

Exmouth RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew and fundraisers welcomed His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent to their lifeboat station this afternoon (Thursday 19 March).

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Trailhead Selfies, Nice Idea, But NOT an Alternative


This post was in response to the following Georgia Straight article, titled “Hikers urged to post #TrailheadSelfie to aid search-and-rescue efforts.” We DO NOT agree with the TrailHead Selfie being advocated in relation to sharing trip plans with others. While it is an interesting concept, it should fall very far down the continuum of things to do to stay safe. Now that the cat is out of the bag, we feel it is critical to make it explicit that it is NOT an alternative, in any way, to telling someone responsible where you are going, when to expect you back and carrying the 10 Essentials. We believe there is a serious risk of it being confused as an alternative and it could be dangerous if people fail to do the basics, thinking mistakenly they are covered by a Selfie.

Assume someone doesn’t click the link to get more info? or just reads the title of the article? What is the takeaway message? It looks like an endorsement of a lazy option that could get you or your loved one into some serious trouble. Our opinion is that the grave risks of misapprehension far outweigh the minimal benefits to SAR.

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland Signs Contract With Basarnas Indonesia for an AW139 SAR

AW1254 Basarnas AW139 SAR

AW139 success in public service market continues

The first AW139 sale in Indonesia for search and rescue mission
AW139 delivers best in class performance
AgustaWestland success in the growing Indonesian helicopter market

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today it has signed a contract with Badan SAR Nasional (Basarnas), the national search and rescue agency of the Republic of Indonesia, for an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter equipped for SAR operations. The contract also includes training for aircrew and technicians as well as an initial support package. The aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2015 and will be equipped with rescue hoist, radar, cabin console and other SAR equipment.

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Supporting growing offshore and SAR helicopter fleets in Northern Europe

AW1252 Aberdeen Regional Supply Centre

· Delivering spare parts for the AW139 and AW189 models

· Expansion by year end will see more that 6,000 lines of spares in stock

· To be the AW189 material hub for UK Search and Rescue


Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland celebrated the official opening of its new Regional Supply Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 13th. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of local dignitaries and representatives from major operators and industry.

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