IMO Awards Rescuers for Bravery

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has endorsed the decision of a Panel of Judges that the 2009 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea should go to three nominees. U.S. citizens Maurice and Sophie Conti were nominated by New Zealand for the rescue of three crew members from the yacht Timella, which had grounded and then sunk off a remote South Pacific coral reef. The Contis are non-professional sailors who planned and executed the rescue while sailing with their family. AST2 Abram A. Heller of the U.S. Coast Guard was also nominated by the United States for single-handedly rescuing eight crew members of the foundered F/V Alaska Ranger in arctic weather conditions. AST2 Heller is a professional rescue swimmer who gave up his place in the rescue helicopter to enable five crew members to be taken to safety. He waited on a life raft with the other three people he had rescued for more than one hour for the return of the helicopter.

The Council also decided that four other nominees will receive Certificates of Commendation and 11 will receive Letters of Commendation. A total of 32 nominations from 12 IMO Member States and four non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in consultative status were received and considered by an Assessment Panel consisting of experts nominated by various NGOs. A Panel of Judges then met, under the chairmanship of the Council Chairman, with the participation of the Chairmen of IMO's Maritime Safety, Marine Environment Protection, Legal, Technical Cooperation, and Facilitation Committees.

Maritime Reporter September 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People in the News

Pitbull Named Godfather of Norwegian’s New Cruise Ship

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that musician Pitbull will serve as godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape, slated to be christened next month in Miami.

HMAS Melbourne Intercepts 427kg Heroin

HMAS Melbourne’s crew has seized 427 kilograms of heroin hidden in a fishing dhow carrying the illegal drugs across the Indian Ocean. The intercept occurred

USCG Search for Missing Crew of El Faro

Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles.

Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1196 sec (8 req/sec)