Today, we are launching the International Maritime Rescue Federation People's Choice Award.

The finalists for the 2017 H.E.R.O. Awards, are all exceptional individuals and organisations from around the world who go above and beyond in maritime search and rescue (SAR).

But now YOU can vote for the finalist that you think stands out.

Who Do You Think Should ...

Who Do You Think Should be the IMRF 2017 People’s Choice H.E.R.O.?

You will find details about the finalists which have been shortlisted by the judges, on our website, on facebook and on the links below.

Over the past eight days, the SAR stories of each of the finalists of the IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards for 2017, have featured on the IMRF facebook page. You can read them again by clicking on the links below.

To vote - just visit our facebook page and 'like' the original 'story' of the finalist that you think should be awarded the People's Choice H.E.R.O. Award - it's that simple.

Vote Now

Vote now

You can only 'like' the finalist's story once, but there is no limit to how many finalists you can vote for. Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to vote too by visiting the IMRF facebook page (new window) and 'liking' the 'story' of the H.E.R.O. of their choice.

The Winner

The Winner

The finalist whose original 'story' on the IMRF facebook page has the most 'likes' at 1700hrs UTC on Thursday, 2 November 2017 will be awarded the People's Choice H.E.R.O. Award at the presentation ceremony, which takes place that evening.

So, read through our deserving and exceptional finalists and vote for your People's Choice H.E.R.O. Award winner now!

The Finalists

The Finalists

Anton Tasanen, who jumped into the sea to rescue an unconscious man using the vessel mooring winch, breaking his ribs in the process. Please go the Facebook post: (new window).

Ray Burge, who was off duty but dived into strong currents and difficult seas to save a husband and wife while their frantic children watched. Please go the Facebook post: (new window).

The National Sea Rescue Institute WaterWise Academy, which has taught nearly 350,000 children about water safety to reduce the number of drowning tragedies. Please go the Facebook post: (new window).

MOAS, for their work over just one weekend saving the lives of 1,800 desperate people in inadequate boats, preventing mass drownings and taking them to safety. Please go the Facebook post: (new window).

The RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016, which trains the ‘future leaders’ of new and developing search and rescue organisations around the world. Please go the Facebook post: (new window).

The MAR-SimNET Project, which has for the very first time created comprehensive, 360° training for maritime disaster management for SAR operators and response teams. Please go the Facebook post: (new window).

Mr Branko Rameša who has worked for 40 years with the Croatian Search and Rescue service, been involved in more than 200 SAR (search and rescue) actions, saving many, many lives. Please go the Facebook post: (new window).

ADES (Association of Maritime and River Rescue) of Uruguay for the outstanding voluntary work of Captain Ramón Sagüés and Engineer Otto Vicente Muzzio, who were instrumental in establishing and developing this pioneering SAR institution. Please go the Facebook post: (new window).

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International Maritime Rescue Federation
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AB39 2RA
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1569 767405


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