Sea Rescue

Sea rescue (or 'air-sea rescue') provides an important service in that it enables the immediate rescue of survivors in a maritime emergency. It involves a co-ordinated search and rescue effort utilising various resources such as helicopters, ships, rescue craft, e.g. dinghy and submarines.

Advances in technology have led to the use of highly specialised equipment and these coupled with the latest life-saving methods have ensured a higher rate of successful rescues.

This type of emergency service often involves the use of a rescue swimmer: this is a highly trained member of their personnel who picks up survivors who, for whatever reason, are unable to reach a rescue craft.   

Rescue streamer

This is a pioneering device, made in Hawaii, which acts as a distress signal in an emergency. It takes the form of a large orange streamer, made from plastic, which is lightweight and easy to use. This streamer is easy to store – it folds up into a small package which is no larger than the size of a mobile (cell) phone and unfurls within a few seconds.

This distinctive rescue aid is marked with the international distress symbol and enables airborne emergency services to find survivors of a maritime accident.

It is designed for all types of water sports and activities such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, surfing and diving. It attaches easily to clothing and is highly visible up to 1.5 miles away.