What is a H.E.R.O.?

  When the International Maritime Rescue Federation announced its inaugural H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards earlier this month, it was the realization of a vision that was sparked in early 2014 during the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. What does the Apollo moon landing have to do with search and […]

Top 5 Takeaways from the World Maritime Rescue Congress

Having recently attended – and presented at – the World Maritime Rescue Congress in Bremerhaven, Germany earlier this month, I wanted to share my Top 5 Takeaways from the conference. First of all, I want to congratulate the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) on a well-organized event.  It was very educational, informative and innovative – […]

AIS Man Overboard – Proof that Innovation Saves Lives

“My Man Overboard training and equipment kept me alive, but my AIS saved my life.” – Andrew Taylor One year ago today, on Sunday, March 30, 2014, Andrew Taylor, an amateur sailor taking part in the 9th Clipper Round the World yacht race, fell overboard into the icy waters of the North Pacific Ocean… 2,000 […]

The Global “Network” Powering Search and Rescue

In Search and Rescue, there is one primary objective: saving lives.  The mission is critical in any language. Worldwide every year, nearly half a million people drown, 24,000 fishermen tragically die while on the job or simply recreating, and more than 700 people perish in commercial airline crashes.  In the US alone, nearly 5,000 fatalities […]