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The inaugural IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards raised awareness of the excellent work done by those involved in the maritime SAR community by recognising outstanding bravery and achievements and highlighting innovative new SAR products and technologies.

We are now calling for nominations and entries for the H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards 2017.

An estimated 400,000 lives are lost in the world’s waters every year, a number that would be much higher without the outstanding work done by individuals and teams in the maritime search and rescue (SAR) sector.

Too often the full story is not told. There are teams of people working together to coordinate the rescues, while new technology and innovations are helping to reduce the time it takes to complete a rescue. There are individuals who are working selflessly to make sure that those in distress can be saved and there are people who have given a lifetime of service to make the world’s waters safer.

The IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards seek to recognise some of these exceptional individuals and organisations around the world that make maritime SAR possible.

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The IMRF H.E.R.O. awards shine a light on the outstanding work done by the paid and unpaid professionals globally who work selflessly to keep our waters safer. We want more people to understand the complexity of maritime SAR and to see the people who are working to ensure people in distress can be saved.

Our CEO, Bruce Reid, elaborates: "We had some exceptional nominations last year and we know that there are people all around the world doing incredible things, making a real difference and they deserve to be recognised and applauded for the fantastic contribution they make and the people they are saving."

There are four categories in the IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards 2017:

- Individual award, recognising outstanding contribution by an individual in a maritime SAR operation.
- Team award, recognising outstanding contribution by a team or teams in the maritime SAR ecosystem working together to save lives, sponsored by McMurdo.
- Innovation and Technology award recognising new products and technologies developed that improve the work and success of SAR organisations.
- The Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime Achievement award recognising outstanding service to SAR by an individual or organisation, sponsored by Inmarsat.

Nominations can be made online at alternatively email or call +44 (0)1569 767405 for an application form.

The closing date is 28 July, 2017. All of the submissions will then be assessed by the judges and the winners announced at an awards dinner held at the RNLI, Poole in the UK and online, 2 November, 2017.

The H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 recognise actions that took place, or were completed, in the period from 01 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. Any individual or organisation anywhere in the world can be nominated for a H.E.R.O. Award.

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