Exmouth RNLI volunteers called out on service in Storm Ophelia



PR171017 Volunteers launching on service in Storm Ophelia (credit: John Ford)

PR171017 Recovery at Exe Sailing Club (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

Exmouth’s inshore lifeboat launched at 4.19pm on 16 October to a man on board a 21’ cabin cruiser in the river Exe, during Storm Ophelia.

Crew volunteers were on scene near the Exe Sailing Club within 12 minutes in Force 6 conditions. The local man was attempting to secure his boat onto a mooring after the storm increased. A damaged propeller, along with strong waves and wind caused difficulties in positioning the boat, so a Crew volunteer was put on board to secure the cabin cruiser successfully. The casualty requested to stay on board. Because of the challenging conditions in front of the lifeboat station, recovery took place at Exe Sailing Club.

Helm, David Preece said:

It seems the casualty had reached his boat from near the railway line as he was concerned for his property and wanted to protect it in the increasing weather conditions. There was always a danger he would find himself unexpectedly in the water and wasn’t wearing a lifejacket. We would advise boat owners to check their moorings are secure in all weathers.

British Transport Police and National Police Air Service (Exeter) were also tasked following calls from concerned members of the public.



A varied weekend for Exmouth RNLI volunteers: Fish Supper, carnival and celebrations


Photos: PR161017 Carnival Group photo

PR161017 Carnival assembly, just before pagers sounded

PR161017 Fish Supper

PR161017 Shop volunteers celebrating at Guildhall, London

Crew, Fundraising and Shop volunteers from Exmouth were busy supporting and representing the charity that saves lives at sea in various methods and places on 13 and 14 October.



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Serious flaw discovered in thermal security cameras

It has been reported that there are secret hard-coded accounts in thermal security cameras manufactured by FLIR Systems, Inc., one of the largest vendor of such products. Depending on the FLIR camera version, the following username-password combos will grant an attacker access over the device.




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Cloud Technology Helps Bolton Mountain Rescue to Transform Life-Saving Operations

LONDON – 4th October, 2017: Navisite, a part of Spectrum Enterprise, a part of Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHRT), today announced that the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (Bolton MRT), a voluntary rescue service, has chosen Navisite and SRD Technology UK to help manage, migrate and transform its IT infrastructure to the cloud. Migrating to Navisite’s cloud environment will enable better communication between Bolton MRT and emergency services from remote locations, helping to improve the management and response times for rescues.


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Two calls for help in 24 hours for Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers

Photos: (Credit: Alice Stott)

PR250817 Crew volunteers during the Champagne Challenge sailing event in the river Exe

Exmouth’s inshore lifeboat was called out twice over the weekend, assisting three people in difficulty. Crew volunteers were on exercise on their Shannon class lifeboat during the annual Champagne Challenge community sailing event.



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Drones Increase Effectiveness of Missing Person Search

A drone has also been tested for the first time from a lifeboat when the independent volunteer Caister Lifeboat conducted trials this week

21 September 2017, Birmingham, UK

Following the successful drone use within Surrey Search & Rescue’s operations, training provider Consortiq is hopeful that more charities of this kind will take advantage of the benefits of this technology.




Instead of relying on police helicopters to find and identify missing people, UAVs can be effectively utilised to carry out this task, at a lower cost and often with a higher availability than their manned counterparts.


In the case of Surrey SAR, changes made across the country meant that the availability of police rotorcraft for this type of operation decreased after the establishment of the National Police Air Service, so it turned to drones to help fill the gap in search and rescue.


Consortiq sponsored some of the charity’s pilots through a training programme, which led to Surrey being the first SAR division in the UK to use drones with fully qualified operators.


“We thought this would be an excellent way to put a sensor – either a camera or thermal imager – in the air quite cheaply to achieve our aim of finding people quicker,” Seamus Kearns, Head of Operations at Surrey SAR, and Chief Instructor at Consortiq, says.


The charity has adopted several small UAVs for surveillance applications, as well as a larger system that can transport a payload such as a radio, lifejacket or defibrillator to the scene if required, which eliminates the potential risk of sending a manned team to do the job.


The SAR course was developed alongside the Surrey charity some 12 months ago, and Consortiq has additionally provided SAR training in Tayside and Hampshire, as well as to one customer in the Middle East.


“It is predominantly the UK now, but we have just launched the emergency services course over in the United States, which is being developed for fire services out there as we speak,” Kearns notes.


He added that Surrey SAR provides services to both the police force and fire service, which is a unique aspect, leading it to be one of the busiest out of all its counterparts in 2016.


“As police forces are getting cut there are less people available, so there is more and more demand for search and rescue forces as they are getting called out.”


Additionally, the Consortiq team is about to travel to Northern Ireland to train the police force there on how to use drones in emergency situations in line with new exemptions that have rolled out in the UK, and these personnel will be the first trained to carry this new work out.


“Emergency services will have the ability to fly further away than anybody else during emergency scenarios, so we will provide the equivalent of blue light driver training to the police in Northern Ireland,” Kearns says.


Consortiq will be at the Emergency Services Show in at the NEC in Birmingham from the 20th-21st September 2017. You can find them on stand B100 along with representatives from Surrey Search & Rescue.

The Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat was called to give assistance to a 15 metre, 60 tonne crabbing boat

The Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat was called to give assistance to a 15 metre, 60 tonne crabbing boat which got into difficulty 35 miles north west of Arranmore yesterday, Tuesday 19th with four crew members on board. The lifeboat was called out at 4pm when the trawler suffered engine failure. Weather conditions at the time were moderate with south, south east winds, force 6-7 and 3-4 metre swell. When the lifeboat reached the trawler, the crew secured a tow rope and the trawler was towed to the safety of Burtonport harbour. Lifeboat Coxswain Jimmy Early said “this was a text book rescue with favourable weather conditions and experienced fishermen who knew exactly what action to take in an emergency, they did all the right things to effect their rescue”