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Participants completed the classroom sessions of the course at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (Photograph supplied)

Thirty marine responders completed a week of intensive search-and-rescue training geared at boosting their skills to handle maritime emergencies.

The course, conducted by Frontier Emergency Management Solutions, was designed to be “as practical as possible, balancing classroom and hands-on training sessions,” the Government said.

Participants were drawn from various sectors, including the Spirit of Bermuda, Marine and Ports Services, pilot boat crews, branch pilots, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Services, the Royal Bermuda Regiment coastguard and the Marine Operations Centre.

Marine responders completed a week of intensive search and rescue training geared at boosting their skills to handle maritime emergencies (Photograph supplied)

The classroom sessions were held at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, while the practical, on-the-water drills took place at Murray's Anchorage, Five Fathom Hole and St George's Harbour.

The course was endorsed by the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

During the course, participants practised “essential life-saving skills in real life scenarios” using their boats and on-board equipment.

Rudy Cann, the Director of Marine and Ports services, highlighted the department’s commitment to providing professional training for its team.

He said: “In conjunction with the Rescue Co-ordination Centre of Bermuda, our marine first responders have a crucial role in ensuring the safety of our waters.”

He added: “We are proud of our team's accomplishments and remain committed to excellence in maritime safety and emergency response.”

Pilot Warden Mario Thompson said: “The commitment and enthusiasm shown by all participants was truly inspiring.

“This SAR course has boosted our responders' confidence and significantly enhanced their skills, ensuring they are well prepared to handle maritime emergencies effectively.

Mr Thompson added: “The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the professionalism and preparedness of the instructors.”

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Published July 09, 2024 at 3:09 pm (Updated July 09, 2024 at 6:28 pm)

Marine responders sharpen search and rescue skills

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