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About the IMRF Awards

About the IMRF Awards

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards aim to recognise some of the exceptional individuals and organisations around the world that make maritime search and rescue (SAR) possible.

The IMRF Awards (formerly known as the H.E.R.O. Awards) have proved a great success in the previous years, raising awareness of the excellent work done by those involved in the maritime SAR community, including highlighting innovative new SAR products and technologies.

We have four categories one can make a nomination in:

minilogoimrf3 Individual Award   - for outstanding individual contribution to a maritime SAR operation;
minilogoimrf3 Team Award – for outstanding team contribution to a maritime SAR operation;
minilogoimrf3 Innovation & Technology Award - for innovation and technology in maritime search and rescue;
minilogoimrf3 Lifetime Achievement Award – for outstanding contribution to maritime search and rescue ‘The Vladimir Maksimov Award'.

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Awards Story 2016: Mattias Wengelin

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"He's a rock star and it is an honour to serve with the man."

A fine description of Mattias Wengelin, who has spent 10 years working to make Uganda waters safer. He is a role model for younger men/women, who are considering international development as a possible path. He is a mentor to others and has quietly gotten on with what is an incredibly tough, unforgiving job.

It is this dedication that has led to his nomination for a H.E.R.O. award (2016).


More About Mattias Wengelin

Safe Waters Achievements: https://forsafewaters.wordpress.com/achievements-2002-to-date/ (new window)

Short List: http://www.imrfawards.org/past-awards/h-e-r-o-awards-2016/lists/short-list (new window)

Awards Story 2016: Bat-Amgalen Gursuren

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Maritime search and rescue is not limited to oceans, and today’s H.E.R.O story is a perfect example of this:

Mongolia may be landlocked, but the lakes are still a focus for maritime Search and Rescue and recently the IMRF has been involved with a Maritime SAR safety conference in Mongolia.

It, therefore, came as no surprise that one of the H.E.R.O. award nominees is Senior Lieutenant Bat-Amgalan, who is head of the Search and Rescue Branch of Emergency Management Department in the Selenge province of Mongolia.

When flash flooding occurred in Mongolia in May 2016, Senior Lieutenant Bat-Amgalan and his team conducted water rescue and evacuation operations continuously for 3 whole days! The mission covered a territory of more than 100 kilometres and in total 192 adults, 32 children, 75 traditional portable houses and about 2000 heads of livestock were rescued and evacuated from floods areas to safe areas.

Even after the rescue mission was complete, Senior Lieutenant Bat-Amgalan, who has been working for the Emergency Management Organization of Mongolia since 1991, was engaged in flood recovery operations. Thereby ensuring the safety and security of electricians and technical workers, who restored the power supply of the community.

This H.E.R.O. award nomination is testimony to the dedication of Senior Lieutenant Bat-Amgalan Gursuren to Maritime SAR in Mongolia and we are delighted to share his story.


More About Bat-Amgalen Gursuren

Article: 'Mongolia Hosts Seminar on Maritime SAR Safety(new window)

Short List: http://www.imrfawards.org/past-awards/h-e-r-o-awards-2016/lists/short-list(new window)

Awards Story 2016: The Proactiva Open Arms Team

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The 28th October 2015 began as many other days on the north shore of Lesvos, with volunteers working from the beach, helping the refugee rubber boats to land safely.

Then the day changed, a huge wooden boat capsized near the border line between Turkey and the north of Lesvos. Over 350 people ended up in the water, surrounded by debris from the lost boat.

The Proactiva Open Arms team, including Oscar Camps and Gerard Canals headed to the area:

"We all had a long experience in rescue, we were coordinators of various rescue services on beaches, and we were equipped. But when we arrived, we began to understand the magnitude of the tragedy."

Amidst that sea of faces, there were some of whom the rescue would not come in time. But that day the Proactiva Open Arms team worked, not only against the elements, but also against the odds to save as many people as possible. And for their efforts in this mission and others Oscar Camps, Gerard Canals & the Proactiva Open Arms team have been nominated for a H.E.R.O. award.


More About The Proactiva Open Arms Team

Website: https://www.proactivaopenarms.org/en/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/proactivaservice/

Short List: http://www.imrfawards.org/past-awards/h-e-r-o-awards-2016/lists/short-list

Article: Search & Rescue 'Heroes' Announced at First IMRF International Awards Event (new window)

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