EENA Awards Heroic Icelandic Drone Rescue

EENA, DJI Develop Standards to Spread Lifesaving Drone Technology

Editors: Video of a dramatic drone rescue in Iceland is available here, and video of drones used for firefighting and search and rescue is available here

25 April 2018 – The European Emergency Number Association (EENA), the Brussels-based public safety NGO, and DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today celebrated how drones have saved lives in complicated rescue missions, and announced they are extending their research partnership to further integrate drones into rescue operations.


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Exmouth RNLI volunteers called out to four people in under 24 hours

Exmouth and District Round Table members handing over the FLIR to Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers in December, 2017. (Credit: Exmouth RNLI)

Volunteers from Exmouth lifeboat station were called upon to help four people in three incidents in under 24 hours between 13 and 14 April. Crew volunteers located a missing person, tasked to two men in difficulty in the river Exe and Shore Crew gave casualty care to a lady who had fallen on the beach.

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At 20.57hr on Friday 6th April 2018, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to assist the North East Ambulance Service to reach a female in need of urgent medical care, on Holy Island. The Causeway was closed by the tide. As the ambulance was dispatched was from Belford Ambulance Station, it was directed to Seahouses Lifeboat Station.

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Exeter University students’ cardboard boat challenge

Photos: (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

PR260318 Exeter University students before testing the cardboard boat

PR260318 All a-cardboard afloat on the river Exe

PR260318 All a-cardboard capsizes after hitting the first wave

Exmouth RNLI volunteers assist students’ cardboard boat challenge

On 23 March, Crew and Community Safety volunteers from Exmouth lifeboat station supported Exeter University students in their cardboard boat challenge, on the river Exe.

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The Passing of a Hero – Mike Dal Santo (October 23, 1952 – March 12, 2018)

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of long time team member, Mike Dal Santo. Mike was born on October 23, 1952 in Surrey, BC, and while working for Telus as a software developer, joined North Shore Rescue as a active field member in 2000. In his long service with our organization, in addition to heading out into the mountains to save lives, Mike sat on a number of important committees, maintained our organizations critical equipment (including keeping our numerous AED’s and defibrillators operational), and was a key member of our organizations trail marking program. It is hard to put into words the magnitude of Mike’s service.

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Burning Planet, The Story of Fire Through Time


The author has provided a fascinating history of fire, its impact on the planet and its life forms. Fire is a greatly under estimated phenomena. It has an enormous impact on the environment and the development of everything that lives in that environment. Its impact is at least an equal to water, ice, plate tectonics, weather patterns and atmosphere – Highly Recommended.

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Thank You – Significant Donation of Medical Equipment

Recently NSR received a very generous donation of medical equipment from the family of the late Lise Marie Claudette Tompson-Cyr (February 25, 1959 – July 31, 2015). We were honoured to receive a number of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) along with other medical equipment used in remote industrial settings.  This equipment will be put to use in supporting NSR’s mission in training and where applicable, operationally.

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Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers rescue a dog and a kite-surfer in one weekend

Photos: (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

PR260218 Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II recovers after kite surfer rescue.

On 24 February, inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched at 2pm to a dog in difficulty at Langstone Rock, Dawlish Warren. At 12.10pm on 25 February, volunteers self-launched after witnessing a kite-surfer in difficulty, in sight of the lifeboat station.

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Arranmore RNLI station gets new President.



Photos by Nora Flanagan

1. Sebastian Sebo. Majella O’Donnell

2. Erin Mc Cafferty, Majella O’Donnell, John Mc Cafferty.

3. Coxswain Jimmy Early, Majella O’Donnell

4. Jimmy Early, Nora Flanagan, Majella O’Donnell. John Mc Hugh, John Mc Cafferty, Erin Mc Cafferty, Sebastian Sebo

5. Jimmy Early, Sharon O’Donnell

6. John Mc Hugh showing the ropes and knots to the new crew

Majella O’Donnell, wife of Singer Daniel is now the President of Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat Station.

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