Lifeboat/ Water rescue charities receive £1 million to boost search and rescue efforts – Published 08 Nov 2017 2017z (GMT/UTC)

Water rescue charities receive funding for rescue equipment to keep UK rivers and seas safe.


– MCA 7 Nov 2017


UK: Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue off Shetland – Published 04 Mar 2017 1240z (GMT/UTC)

Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue when their trawler sank in bad weather.

(Image: RNLI)

(Image: RNLI)

The seven had to jump into the water just before the ship sank off Shetland as the sea was too rough to bring a lifeboat alongside. The alarm was raised at about 6.50am yesterday when the Lerwick-registered Ocean Way began taking on water. Lerwick RNLI lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh both rushed to the scene. Two RNLI crew, one of whom often crews on Skerries-based Ocean Way, were transferred to the trawler with a salvage pump. But the skipper decided the trawler could not be saved. The five crew and two RNLI volunteers jumped into the water minutes before the trawler sank at 8.20am. They were picked up by the lifeboat, crewed by eight volunteers, and taken back to Lerwick. A Norwegian fish carrier, the Gerda Saele, had put a pump on board while the helicopter began winching a third pump on board, but Ocean Way’s skipper decided to abandon ship. The trawler crew were all wearing life jackets and had an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon on board, pinpointing their position. Rescuers praised them for having the correct equipment. Lifeboat coxswain Alan Tarby said: “While the third pump was being winched on board the skipper decided to abandon ship and within minutes of him making that decision they got off and it sank, so it was a good call. “The rescue was made much easier because the Ocean Way’s crew were all wearing the correct safety equipment and had undergone safety training. “It was a good outcome even although the vessel was lost, all the crew were unharmed. The lifeboat crew performed very well, especially the two men who were in the water with the fishermen.” The fishermen were checked over by medics in Lerwick but did not need treatment. Mark Rodaway, commander for the UK Coastguard, said: “This was a difficult rescue in awful weather. In the conditions, the lifeboat had a difficult time trying to safely get alongside. “But I’m delighted to say that all five fishermen are safe and well and the fact they were all wearing life jackets ensured that they had the best chance of survival.”

RSOE March 04 2017 11:19 AM (UTC).

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Guatemala: At least 26 people killed, 600 feared missing & 100+ homes buried in landslide – Published 03 Oct 2015 1030z (GMT/UTC)


Guatemala mudslide leaves hundreds missing

General view of the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, after a landslide on October 2, 2015.

Image caption Local authorities said the hillsides had been weakening for some time. AFP

Rescue workers in Guatemala are digging through rubble from a mudslide that hit a village not far from the capital, in search of hundreds missing.

At least 26 bodies have so far been recovered from the village of El Cambray Dos, rescue services say.

Heavy rains swept a torrent of boulders and mud onto houses on Thursday, 15km (nine miles) east of Guatemala City.

Relatives have been receiving calls and texts from people trapped under the rubble, reporters at the scene say.

Survivors have been taken to makeshift shelters. Rescuers temporarily called off the search late on Friday because of heavy rains, AP news agency reports.

Julio Sanchez, a spokesman for Guatemala’s volunteer firefighters, said 26 people had died, including a number of children, and another 36 people were taken to hospitals.

One man was pulled alive from the rubble after more than 15 hours after the mudslide hit.

But Alejandro Maldonado, the head of the Guatemalan disaster agency, has warned that as many as 600 people could still be missing.

He said that number of people was believed to be asleep in their homes when the mudslide occurred, he added.

El Cambray is surrounded by steep hills that tower over the houses which are mostly set in the valley bottom.

Mr Maldonado said in a radio interview that the forested hills had been weakening for some time and had collapsed largely because of recent heavy rain.


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Australia (QLD): Twelve people, mostly children, rescued from waters off Turnagain Island in the Torres Strait – Published 26 Sept 2015 0930z (GMT/UTC)

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Torres Strait rescue: Twelve people, including children, saved during night time ocean rescue

Posted about 2 hours ago

Twelve people, most of them children, were rescued from waters off Turnagain Island in the Torres Strait overnight after two boats got into difficulty while making a trip from Thursday Island to Saibai Island.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the search after it detected an emergency beacon registered to a five-metre dingy in the vicinity of Turnagain Island about 9pm.

A helicopter was diverted to the scene by AMSA and located the first vessel which was taking on water and drifting towards a small island surrounded by crocodile-infested mangroves.

“We found a boat that had nine people on board that was bailing water. The people had rigged a makeshift sail and were luckily drifting into an island,” a rescue pilot said.

“We flew over to the island to illuminate the coastline for them. There was nothing else around for them to get to. They drifted into the island and landed in an estuary.”

The first rescue helicopter left the scene as it was running low on fuel while a second helicopter attended and winched a rescue swimmer down to the group.

The group advised rescuers there was a second dingy which had overturned with three people on board and they were still in the water.

According to AMSA a search was commenced immediately and a dingy with three people clinging to the hull was sighted in rough seas a short time later in the vicinity of Turnagain Island, about 37 kilometres from Sabai Island.

“We went out and searched and found the other people clinging to an overturned boat,” the pilot said.

“A Navy ship was nearby that was diverted and also a police vessel was on the scene to help coordinate that rescue too.”

Fortunately the three people from the overturned dingy were all wearing life jackets which contributed to their safe rescue, the AMSA said in a statement.

“It also helped that the beacon was correctly registered. From the beacon registration information, JRCC Australia was able to get early information about the number of boats and people to plan an appropriate rescue response,” the AMSA said.

Queensland Police confirmed there were multiple children involved in the incident, including an eight-year-old boy, all of whom were rescued and taken to family on Saibai Island.

The search and rescue mission included two rescue helicopters, a fixed-wing aircraft, a police vessel and a Navy vessel. –

China: 50 Killed, 700+ injured in massive Tianjin explosions. 12 of the dead were firefighters (videos) – Published 13 Aug 2015 1250z (GMT/UTC)

50 people killed and more than 700 were hospitalized, 71 of them for serious injuries. Contact lost with 36 firefighters, 12 of the 44 killed were firefighters – BBC latest.

Update 3:

As Chinese rescue workers and emergency services raced to respond to the deadly explosions that rocked the port city of Tianjin Wednesday, another group of Chinese officials, with a very different purpose also sprang into action: the country’s censors and security officials intent on limiting coverage of the disaster by conventional media outlets and social media. Authorities in Tianjin have been attempting to tightly control information about the disaster. Journalists and nonessential personnel were being kept six miles away from the scene of the blasts, the Los Angeles Times reported. In addition, a CNN correspondent reporting live from outside a hospital was seen being accosted by security officials live on air. In the video below [the confrontation starts around 1:48] reporter Will Ripley is confronted by several men, demanding that he end his broadcast, and shouting “stop recording” in Chinese. His feed is then cut, and the studio anchor comments that such incidents have “happened many times over the years in any number of stories in China.” In addition, local Chinese outlets reportedly had trouble being able to report on the incident. One journalist who took photographs inside a Tianjin hospital was threatened by security guards and told to delete the images, the Hong Kong Free Press reported. Local station Tianjin Television was reportedly airing a Korean soap opera 8 hours after the incident, as reporters waited for permission to start covering the story. Media censorship of this kind is not new in China, particularly when it comes to coverage of national disasters. After a 2011 train crash that left 39 people dead and over 200 injured, propaganda directives issued by Chinese authorities leaked online, which showed that reporters were warned not to run investigative reports or commentary, but rather focus on “stories that are extremely moving, for example people donating blood and taxi drivers not accepting fares,” the BBC reported. “From now on, the Wenzhou train accident should be reported along the theme of ‘major love in the face of major disaster’,” the directives added. The strategy ultimately backfired, prompting online anger from citizens who accused the authorities of “arrogance.” In the world of social media, users of Sina Weibo, China’s hugely popular version of Twitter, were reporting Thursday that some of their posts about the Tianjin disaster were being censored or deleted, according to the Associated Press. In addition, the number of searchable posts on the disaster fluctuated, in a sign that authorities were manipulating or placing limits on the number of posts.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 07:56 UTC RSOE

Update 2:

A series of huge explosions shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin late Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and injuring hundreds more, according to officials and state media. The cause was not immediately clear. Liu Yue, a 25-year-old Tianjin resident, said she felt the first blast but didn’t think too much of it. “The second explosion was so powerful that I felt the entire 16-floor-building was shaking,” said Liu, who lives about 4 kilometers (21 miles) from the site of the blasts. “I thought it was an earthquake! I was extremely scared. I was afraid my family was in danger.” The initial explosion erupted at a warehouse for a logistics company in an industrial area of the port city, according to Tianjin police. The company was identified as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. The state-run news agency Xinhua reported that an explosion tore through a warehouse storing “dangerous and chemical goods” in Binhai, an area of the city by the water. The firefighting division of the Chinese Public Security Ministry said firefighters were first called to the scene about a fire. An explosion went off after they arrived, it said. As smoke continued to billow into the sky from the site Thursday, local authorities suspended firefighting efforts at the scene because of a lack of information on the “dangerous goods” that were stored at the warehouse, Xinhua reported. Xinhua reported Thursday that 12 firefighters were among the dead and that dozens more remained unaccounted for in the aftermath of the blasts. Video from late Wednesday showed a blinding blast of light and smoke that sent fireballs shooting across the night sky. That was followed by an even bigger explosion, the force of which appeared to knock over the video camera. The shock waves were felt kilometers away, Xinhua reported, and some residents said windows and fish tanks had been shattered. The state-run China Earthquake Networks Center said in an official post on social media that two of the explosions had carried the force of small earthquakes. The first was measured at magnitude of 2.3, the second at 2.9, it said. As day broke Thursday, the extent of the damage was beginning to become clear. State media carried images of damaged buildings and parking lots full of rows of burned-out cars. Xinhua said that 44 people were killed and more than 500 were hospitalized, 66 of them for critical injuries. It had reported earlier that most of the injuries were from stones or broken glass.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 07:07 UTC RSOE

Update 1:

Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring as many as 400, official Chinese media reported. Authorities had lost contact with 36 firefighters on the scene, the official Beijing News newspaper reported, citing the Tianjin fire department. The force of the explosions unnerved residents across much of the city of 15 million people, with some posting videos on the Internet that showed giant fireballs shooting into the sky and shock waves buffeting apartment blocks and cars. Fires were still burning after dawn, with photographs on Chinese news websites showing what appeared to be several destroyed buildings as well as torched cars at a multi-storey car park inside a logistics base at Tianjin Port. The port, one of the busiest in China, was operating normally, a port official said. President Xi Jinping demanded that authorities quickly extinguish the fires and “make full effort to rescue and treat the injured and ensure the safety of people and their property”, China Central Television (CCTV) said on its official microblog. CCTV said the blasts erupted in a shipment of explosives at around 11:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT), triggering a shockwave that was felt kilometres (miles) away. The second blast came roughly 30 seconds after the first, state media said. Video posted on YouTube from what appeared to be an apartment building some distance from the scene showed fire shooting into the night sky from the initial blast when the second, much bigger, explosion rocked the area, sending a huge fireball into the air. Seconds later, shockwaves hit the apartment building. “Our building is shaking. Is this an atomic bomb?” said a frenzied voice inside. In other amateur video which appears to be shot closer to the scene, people scream from inside a car as the shockwave hits from the second blast, rocking their vehicle. The official People’s Daily newspaper said the death toll was 17 while other state media said six firefighters were among the dead. The official Xinhua news agency gave varying estimates of between 300 and 400 injured, with 32 critically hurt. Xinhua said the explosions ripped through a warehouse storing “dangerous goods”. The first explosion was equivalent to 3 tonnes of TNT and the second blast 21 tonnes of TNT, it said. It identified the owner of the warehouse as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics. The company’s website said it was a government-approved firm specialising in handling “dangerous goods”. Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment. anadian teacher Monica Andrews told the BBC that she awoke in panic after what she thought was an earthquake. “I … looked out the window and the sky was red … I just watched a second explosion go off and (it was) just pure chaos, everyone leaving their apartment buildings thinking it’s an earthquake, cars trying to leave the complex and … it was crazy the amount of light that this explosion and fire lit up,” she said. Pictures posted on Chinese media websites also showed residents and workers, some bleeding, fleeing from near the scene. Citing a local hospital, Xinhua said people had been hurt by broken glass and stones. CCTV said on its website about 100 fire trucks had been sent to the scene. Several fire trucks had been destroyed and nearby firefighters wept as they worked to extinguish flames, the Beijing News said. Tianjin is home to around 15 million people, making it one of the biggest cities in China. Industrial accidents are not uncommon in China following three decades of breakneck economic growth. A blast at an auto parts factory in eastern China killed 75 people a year ago when a room filled with metal dust exploded.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 04:27 UTC RSOE

Initial Report:

Massive, deadly explosions have erupted in the major Chinese port city of Tianjin, sending a fireball and mushroom cloud into the night sky and causing at least 17 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The explosions ripped through a warehouse storing hazardous goods near the port’s container terminal at around 11.30pm local time on Wednesday. The two biggest blasts occurred within 30 seconds of each other and caused extensive damage in the surrounding area, blowing out the glass on nearby high-rise buildings. The force of the blasts were felt kilometres away and registered on earthquake scales. Eyewitness videos, apparently taken from nearby apartments overlooking the area, quickly circulated on Chinese social media, some capturing a major blast, which sent a mushroom cloud tens of metres into the sky. Hundreds of injured people crowded into nearby hospitals, many arriving on foot, car and taxi overwhelming emergency services. Of the more than 400 report injured, at least 32 remained in a critical condition on Thursday morning. In one video of the explosion on Weibo, people can be heard reacting with shock and fear in Mandarin. “What about the people in that area?” one person can be heard saying as they watch the fire, before a major explosion occurs. Another voice can be heard saying “I’m scared to death”, before a woman exclaims “I can’t open the door”. Another video being circulated, purporting to be security camera footage from near the blast, shows a man standing inside a building in front of glass doors, before an explosion blows the doors and walls inwards, knocking the man to the ground. The city’s fire department first received reports at 10:50 pm about a fire at the warehouse, used by Ruihai International Logistics, a company that handles hazardous materials. Two firefighters were reported missing after the explosions, while another four were injured, it said. The precise nature of the materials that exploded was not made clear, and there was no indication whether the blast was accidental or intentional. The strength of the explosions also shattered windows of nearby buildings, and eyewitnesses reported feeling the blasts from kilometres away. The blasts were so massive they were reportedly visible from space, captured by the Japanese weather satellite Himawari 8.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 03:04 (03:04 AM) UTC RSOE

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China explosion: Tianjin death toll rises in port blasts

Media caption Drone footage showed the devastation caused by the explosions

At least 44 people are known to have died, and more than 500 injured, following two major explosions in China’s northern port city of Tianjin.

Twelve firefighters are among those who lost their lives; 36 are still missing.

The blasts happened in a warehouse for hazardous chemicals and caused a huge fireball that could be seen from space.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed with people seeking treatment for injuries caused by flying glass and debris. Some 66 people are in a serious condition.

President Xi Jinping has promised a thorough investigation into what happened and “transparent information disclosure to the public,” Xinhua news agency reports.

The first explosion occurred at about 23:30 local time (15:30 GMT) on Wednesday in the city’s Binhai New Area, a vast industrial zone which houses car factories, aircraft assembly lines and other manufacturing and research firms.

The blast was followed seconds later by another, more powerful blast, and a series of smaller explosions.

Buildings within a 2km radius (1.5 miles) had windows blown out, office blocks were destroyed and hundreds of cars burnt-out.

The impact of the blasts could be felt several kilometres away, and was registered as seismic activity at a US Geological Survey monitoring unit in Beijing 160km (100 miles) away.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre said the magnitude of the first explosion was the equivalent of detonating three tonnes of TNT, while the second was the equivalent of 21 tonnes.

Blast ‘like end of the world’

Pictures reveal devastation

Daylight revealed the extent of the devastation around the warehouse
Buildings and cars within a two kilometre radius of the explosion were destroyed
Hundreds of people were injured by flying glass and debris
Shipping container boxes were crumpled by the heat
Tianjin is a major port and industrial area to the south-east of Beijing

“I saw fire burning and then: Boom! There was an explosion. My first reaction was to run as fast as I could and get down on the ground to save my life,” Wu Dejun, 38, a hairstylist, told Reuters.

“When I escaped, I had blood all over me.”

“It was like what we were told a nuclear bomb would be like,” truck driver Zhao Zhencheng told the AP news agency. “I’ve never even thought I’d see such a thing. It was terrifying, but also beautiful.”

Media caption Pictures and video shared on social media showed the moment of the blast

The blast ripped apart a nearby dormitory for migrant workers, who were forced to flee the collapsing building.

“I rolled off the bed after the first shockwave hit, so I scrambled to run for my life,” said resident Dan Agio.

“When I reach downstairs the second blast happened. It’s as if the sky collapsed. In a blink of an eye, the roof fell.”

Media caption Explosions survivor “The second blast blew me away”

As of 12:00 local time (04:00 GMT), 44 people had died and a total of 520 people were being treated in hospital, Xinhua reported.

Around 1,000 firefighters, along with 140 fire engines, spent the night tackling the flames.

A number were reportedly already on the scene at the time of the explosions, having been called out to earlier reports of a fire in the area.

There was an outpouring of support for them on social media as it became apparent that they were among the dead, injured and missing.

Media caption The BBC’s John Sudworth reports from inside the blast zone

Hospitals struggled to cope as residents rushed there to be treated for injuries or for news of missing loved ones.

Many without injuries responded for calls to donate blood, and long queues formed outside blood donation centres.

Chinese media has reported that the blasts happened after a shipment of explosives detonated in a warehouse owned by Ruihai Logistics, a company that specialises in handling dangerous and toxic chemicals.

State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said at least one person from the “relevant company” had been detained for questioning.

There has been some criticism in Chinese media that a warehouse containing such dangerous chemicals should have been sited near a main road, housing complexes and office blocks.

Tianjin, home to some 15 million people, is a major port and industrial area to the south-east of the Chinese capital, Beijing.

Tests are being undertaken to check pollution levels both in the air and water around Tianjin. Tanker traffic in and out of the port has been disrupted.

The blasts caused a huge fireball that lit up the night sky

People flooded on to nearby streets shortly after the explosions


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South Africa: 2 Men swept off rocks rescued, seriously injured, at Plettenberg Bay – Published 170515 1913z (GMT/UTC)

At 14h18 on Sunday the 17th of May, NSRI Plettenberg bay duty crew were activated following reports from an ex NSRI crewman, Dr. Herman Nel, reporting that he and his family had come across a situation, while hiking on the Robberg Nature Reserve hiking trail, where two men had been swept off rocks at Robberg Nature reserve hiking trail. One man was missing and one man seriously injured. The injured man was with some hikers, believed to be from Canada, who had found him.
Dr. Nel began emergency treatment on the 39 year old man who was suffering multiple lacerations, severe bruising to his body, arms and legs, and suspected fractures to an right arm and a leg.
Dr. Nel was able to determine from the 39 year old that he and his 34 year old friend (both from Vanderbijlpark and on holiday in Plettenberg Bay) were taking pictures of the sea. The 39 year old man had walked up a section at Blaas Gat, Robberg Nature Reserve, when a wave swept him off the rocks into the sea.
The 34 year old man, seeing his friend swept off the rocks and into the water had jumped into the water to try to help him but was swept, in very rough sea conditions, into a gulley.
The 39 year old man, had managed to get out of the water onto rocks but having lost sight of his friend, and fearing that his friend had drowned, crawled over rocks towards the beach to try to find help when a group of hikers, believed to be Canadians, came across him and shortly after that Dr. Nel, his wife, his daughter and a friend of his daughter, came across the scene.
Dr. Nel and the daughters friend, Andre Barnard, went in search of the 34 year old man, and during that time they also went to a higher part of “The Island”, at Robberg Nature Reserve, to make a call to NSRI Plettenberg Bay to raise the alarm. At that stage it was reported as a suspected drowning in progress.
Dr. Nel and Andre Barnard then found the 34 year old man in amongst rocks in a gulley in the sea and being battered by swells in a rising sea tide and suffering multiple lacerations, bruising, a head injury and a suspected fractured spine.
Together they managed to move him to higher ground and out of danger.
Dr. Nel was also able to confirm to the responding crews that the missing man had now been found.
At that stage the first of NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue crew who had responded by road were arriving on the scene followed by NSRI crew who had responded by sea aboard the sea rescue craft LEONARD SMITH and by paramedics from WC Government Health EMS and Med-Life ambulance services.
The 34 year old man was in an area that was threatened by the rising high tide and he was secured to a trauma board. Because the rising high tide and rough sea conditions threatened to engulf the area where he was being treated rescuers carried him to a higher point of the Nature Reserve.
The AMS/EMS Skymed helicopter that had been activated from Oudtshoorn was en route to the scene having picked up two NSRI Air Sea Rescue volunteers who had earlier been taking part in an Air Sea Rescue exercise at NSRI Wilderness.
On arrival on the scene the Skymed helicopter static line hoisted the 34 year old man, who was suffering a suspected fractured spine and multiple lacerations and bruising, secured into a specialised hoisting stretcher, to the Robberg Nature Reserve car park where paramedics continued with medical treatment.
The 39 year old man with the suspected fractured arm and leg as well as lacerations and bruising, was then also static line hoisted to the Robberg car park.
The 39 year old man was transported by ambulance to hospital in Plettenberg Bay in a serious but stable condition.
He has been stabilised and is being transferred to hospital in George.
The 34 year old man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in George in a serious but stable condition and has been admitted to surgery. – NSRI
Picture by AMS pilot Stephan Rossouw 9VIA nsri0

Picture by AMS pilot Stephan Rossouw 9VIA nsri0

UK: RNLI lifeguards save an eleven-year-old boy at New Brighton beach – Published 110415 1950z (GMT/UTC)

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards saved the life of an eleven-year-old boy at New Brighton Beach (Perch Rock) onThursday (9 April).

The RNLI lifeguards at New Brighton (Credit: RNLI)

The RNLI lifeguards at New Brighton.  RNLI lifeguards (from left to right): Jessica Hargreaves, Mike Scott, Alex Bowden and Mike Murray (Credit: RNLI)

The incident happened at 3.45pm when RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray spotted a boy struggling in waist deep water near one of the groynes.

Mike quickly assessed the situation and swam into the sea with a rescue tube (a yellow flexible tube that people can grab onto) while his colleague, RNLI lifeguard Mike Scott, monitored communications from the beach.

The photograph shows RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray. Photo credit: RNLI.

The photograph shows RNLI lifeguard Mike Murray. Photo credit: RNLI.

Mike Murray threw one end of the rescue tube to the child and managed to pull him swiftly away from the current and back to the safety of the beach.

The lifeguards conducted a casualty care assessment on the boy and thankfully found that he was injury free, if a little distressed. He was then reunited with his grateful parents.

Pete Rooney, RNLI Lifeguard Manager, said: ‘If it hadn’t been for the lifeguards’ swift intervention, the current would have dragged the boy away and he could have drowned. Thankfully the team spotted the danger and the rescue had a happy outcome.’

The charity’s lifeguards were also called into action just after 4pm when they came to the aid of a seven-year-old boy who had fallen from a tree swing on the Promenade near the Black Pearl.

Lifeguards Alex Bowden and Jessica Hargreaves performed a casualty care assessment on the boy. As he was feeling sick and dizzy, they advised the child’s mother that he should have further medical assessments. The mother decided to take her son directly to hospital.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager, Pete Rooney, added: ‘We wish the little boy a speedy recovery and we’re happy that we could assist. We would advise anyone visiting the beach to come and chat to our new lifeguard patrols for advice on things such as tide times and the safe area in which to swim.’


The RNLI (In partnership with Wirral Council) operates the lifeguard service on Perch Rock (New Brighton beach), West Kirby, Moreton, Harrison Drive, and the Plateaux (west side of New Brighton Fort). *The partnership started in spring 2015.

RNLI lifeguards will patrol the beaches over the Easter school holidays until Sunday 19 April.

The RNLI will then operate weekend-only patrols until Saturday 23 May, when a seven-day-a-week service will commence and run through until Sunday 6 September.

The weekend-only service will resume from Saturday 12 September until the season close on Sunday 27 September.

As RNLI lifeguards need to be physically on the beach during the patrolled hours, ready to respond to emergencies and prevent accidents, the RNLI can’t rely on volunteers to provide this cover seven days a week.

Mediterranean: Major ‪rescue op: 1,000 migrants in 10 vessels in difficulty between island of Lampedusa & Libya’s coast – 130 saved so far – Published 150215 2330z (GMT/UTC)


Bid to save at least 1,000 migrants in Mediterranean

The Italian coastguard is conducting a major rescue operation to try to save more than 1,000 migrants in difficulty on the Mediterranean Sea.

Search teams have helped get at least 130 people to safety so far and are working to reach more, officials said.

There were reports that rescuers were threatened by armed men who approached them in a speedboat from the Libyan coast.

Earlier this week at least 300 migrants perished in the Mediterranean Sea

They had been travelling in dinghies which ran into trouble during stormy weather after leaving the coast of Libya.

Sunday’s rescue attempts took place in the seas south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, officials said.

Armed assailantsAccording to Italy’s Transport Ministry, four men with Kalashnikov rifles sped out from the Libyan shore during the rescue and ordered the coastguard to return a boat that had been emptied of migrants.

The UNHCR says almost 3,500 people died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe in 2014, making it the world’s most dangerous sea crossing for migrants trying to enter the European Union.

More than 200,000 people were rescued during the same period.

Many were plucked from the sea as a result of an Italian operation known as Mare Nostrum, which was launched in October 2013 in response to a tragedy near Lampedusa in which 366 migrants died.

That operation has now ended, leading the UNHCR to warn EU leaders to expect more deaths.

Some European countries, including the UK, have said a rescue service for migrants could encourage refugees to continue making the crossing.

The EU now runs a border control operation with fewer ships, called Triton, which only covers waters close to Europe’s coast.



UK: Cliff rescue at Sewerby, East Yorkshire, after 17 yr old tried to rescue dog over cliff edge – Published 300115 1827z

My PhotoFriday, 30 January 2015
A seventeen year old who went after his dog after it had gone over a cliff edge had to be rescued himself.
Humber Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre received a 999 call from the youth’s mother at 3.15pm on 29th January to say he was stuck on cliffs at Sewerby, close to the MRCC.
His mother said he had tried to rescue their dog which had gone over the cliff edge. The dog had made its own way back, leaving the 17 year old stuck on an icy ledge.
Humber Coastguard immediately sent the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bridlington and Filey to the scene to assess the situation. On arrival the Coastguard Rescue officers made the decision that the quickest and safest method of rescue would be by helicopter so the RAF Rescue Helicopter based at Leconfield rescued the youth from the cliff.

Watch Manager Mike Puplett said
‘This was a well executed rescue and was resolved quickly.
‘However my message once again is for dog owners to keep their pets on a lead when they are close to cliff edges.

‘Also, members of the public should never climb or descend cliffs in order to carry out a rescue themselves.
‘The weather on that day was inclement, and a snow flurry had just engulfed the area, making the cliffs even more treacherous.’


UK: Searchers for missing trawler Z85 Morgenster in English Channel find bodies – Published 290115 1900z (GMT/UTC)

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Friday, 30 January 2015
The Search and Rescue operation looking for the missing fishing vessel which had been fishing in the Dover Strait is being co-ordinated by the French coast guard as it is now in their territorial waters.

Dover Coastguard was initially alerted to the missing vessel on the afternoon of 28th January.

The search is now concentrated on an area four miles from the French coast. Any further involvement of the UK authorities will be at the request of the French coast guard.

Thursday, 29 January 2015
The search continues this morning for a missing fishing vessel which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.
Dover Coastguard was alerted to the disappearance yesterday afternoon. Four crew were known to be onboard.
An RAF helicopter is searching the area along with a French maritime aircraft. Two all-weather lifeboats from Dungeness and Dover are on the scene.
A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels remain on the scene in the area, looking out for any sign of their missing colleagues.
The weather conditions on scene remain challenging.


LifeboatsDungeness and Dover RNLI lifeboats search for missing Belgian fishing trawler

The volunteer lifeboat crews of two Kent RNLI lifeboat stations launched yesterday evening (Wednesday 28 January) to help search for a Belgian fishing trawler in the English Channel.

Dungeness all-weather lifeboat launched at 5.08pm after being tasked by Solent Coastguard to search for the 40m vessel which lost all communication earlier the same day at 1.30pm.

The Belgian-registered trawler, carrying a crew of four people, was situated 10 miles south of Dungeness when all contact was lost.

Hours after the Dungeness RNLI crew launched, Dover Coastguard requested the launch of Dover RNLI lifeboat to assist in the search. The crew launched their all-weather lifeboat just after 7pm.

Also involved in the search were coastguard helicopters Rescue 104 and Rescue 125. It is also understood several other fishing trawlers were assisting with the search.

Chris Ubee, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Dungeness RNLI, said the weather and sea conditions for his crew of five volunteers were challenging at first, but later subsided. He said: ‘In the afternoon there was some strong gusting winds and the sea was very lumpy. That did later calm slightly and by 10pm the crew were searching beneath clear skies, with a moderate breeze and moderate to rough seas.’

However, for the Dover lifeboat crew conditions were set to worsen through the night, with a warning of severe gales expected after 11pmon Wednesday. Billy Hollis, Deputy Launching Authority for Dover RNLI said: ‘Our crew of eight volunteers were tasked to search an area known as Varn Bank, south of Dover.

‘Throughout the evening we were operating approximately eight miles away from where Dungeness lifeboat were searching, which gives an idea of the sizeable search area

’Throughout the evening we were operating approximately eight miles away from where Dungeness lifeboat were searching, which gives an idea of the sizeable search area.’

At midnight, both Dungeness and DOver RNLI lifeboats were still searching for any sign of the missing trawler. The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboats are equipped to search up to 100 nautical miles out to sea. At the speeds they were travelling, it was estimated the lifeboats could search for several days without needing to refuel.

  • Update 7am, Thursday 29 January. Hastings RNLI lifeboat crew were asked to join he search at 12.15am today (Thursday). Dungeness RNLI lifeboat crew were stood down at 12.50am. And at 4.45am, both Dover and Hastings RNLI lifeboats returned to their stations when the search was suspended, possibly to recommence at first light

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BBC   29 January 2015 Last updated at 17:04

Missing trawler rescue teams find bodies in English Channel

The vessel believed to be missing off Dungeness

The vessel went missing in rough seas and strong winds

Rescuers searching for a Belgian trawler missing in the English Channel with four people on board have recovered two bodies from the sea.

The search for the fishing boat began on Wednesday afternoon when it vanished in rough seas and gale force winds.

The RNLI said the bodies, which were found in the sea off Boulogne, had been recovered back to the French port.

A life jacket and wooden debris were spotted by a French fixed wing aircraft north-west of Boulogne earlier.

Those on board the Z85 Morgenster are believed to be Dutch, Portuguese and Belgian.

A coastguard helicopter, two Kent lifeboats and a French search and rescue helicopter carried out the first search for the trawler, which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.

A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels have also been in the area looking for any signs of the missing vessel.

UK: 5 fishermen rescued off the Hebredies after their boat Iuda Naofa sank – Published 200115 1815z (GMT/UTC)

The Coastguard was notified of a fishing vessel in distress just before 11am this morning. The Iuda Naofa, a 23m Irish fishing vessel, was taking on water 48 miles north of the Butt of Lewis.

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter was requested to attend the scene and drop a salvage pump onto the Iuda Naofa to pump off the ingress of water. However, the vessel became swamped and started to sink.

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter airlifted two of the crew onto the nearby sister fishing vessel, the Star of Hope. The other three crew were transferred by helicopter to the Western Isles hospital, where they are being treated for mild hypothermia.

Coastguard Duty Watch Manager, Paul Tunstall said

“The weather conditions on scene were very rough seas with southerly force 6 winds, evacuating the five crew swiftly and safely before the vessel went down was a great achievement.” –Maritime and Coastguard Agency

“Malin Head Coast Guard assisted in the saving of 5 fishermen off the Hebredies this afternoon. At about 1030 this morning Malin picked up a call for help on medium frequency 2182Khz for the Iuda Naofa taking water. Details taken and passed to MRCC Stornaway who sent out a helicopter. The boat sank. 3 crew airlifted and 2 taken onboard another boat Star of Hope. Only for the Listening watch the IRCG continue to hold on 2182Khz this could have easily ended with loss of life. This is the second 2182 call that Malin has dealt with in recent months both of which resulted in lives been saved. Well done lads.” –Irish Coast Guard

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Five rescued after fishing boat sinks off Isle of Lewis

Irish vessel Iuda Naofa

Five people were airlifted from the Irish vessel Iuda Naofa when it began to sink

Five crewmen have been rescued after a fishing boat started to sink off the Isle of Lewis.

The Irish vessel Iuda Naofa got into difficulty at about 11:00 when it started taking on water about 48 miles (77km) off the Butt of Lewis.

Stornoway Coastguard helicopter dropped a salvage pump to the crew, but the boat became swamped and started to sink.

Two crewmen were then airlifted to another boat and three to hospital.

The three have been treated at Western Isles Hospital for hypothermia.

The fishing boat has sunk.

Coastguard duty watch manager Paul Tunstall said: “The weather conditions on scene were very rough seas with southerly force 6 winds, evacuating the five crew swiftly and safely before the vessel went down was a great achievement.”

Philippines: Ferry sinks off Leyte carrying at least 84, at least 70 missing as Typhoon Kalmaegi/Luis approaches – Published 130914 1900z (UTC)

At least 70 people are missing after a ferry sank in the waters off the central Philippines in bad weather on Saturday night, the government’s civil defence office said.

The Maharlika II ferry, carrying at least 84 people went down off the central island of Leyte with only 14 people rescued so far by other boats said Mina Marasigan, spokeswoman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

“Rescue boats had trouble reaching them because the waves were really huge,” she told AFP. The coast guard and private vessels are still in the area, Marasigan said, adding there are hopes more people will be rescued in the coming hours. The ferry had reported “problems with steering” and had also been buffeted by heavy rains, worsened by Typhoon Kalmaegi which is approaching the northern Philippines, she said.

Saturday, 13 September, 2014 at 17:07 (05:07 PM) UTC RSOE


Typhoon Kalmaegi/Luis

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Ferry sinks off Southern Leyte

( Editor’s Note: Reposting article for updates)

MANILA, Philippines – A passenger ferry sank off Southern Leyte and Surigao Saturday night, authorities said.

Strong waves spawned by the southwest monsoon caused the Maharlika 2, a roll off, roll on vessel, to sink in the afternoon, Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado said in a live radio interview.

The ship, which came from Surigao City was scheduled to dock in Liloan town, Southern Leyte at 5 p.m., Ricardo said.

But Commander Armand Balilo, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard, said in a separate interview that based on initial reports, the ship was “dead on water” and was not sunk by strong waves.

He said based also on initial reports that there were 84 people on the ship – 56 adults, 2 children, and 26 crew.

He said three ships – the Maharlika 4, a sister vessel; St. Martn; and an unnamed third vessel – have responded and were conducting search and rescue operations.

He could not say how many persons were rescued as the figures would be subject to confirmation by the Coast Guard.” – 


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UK: RNLI Littlehampton lifeguards rescue mother and daughter being swept out to sea – Published 160614 1933z

RNLI lifeguards at Littlehampton today carried out their first rescue of the season when a mother and daughter where swept out to sea whilst using an inflatable.

The drama occurred this afternoon (Saturday 14 June) as temperatures soared into the twenties and hundreds of visitors flocked to the South coast’s beaches.

RNLI lifeguard Brittany Jones, working her first season with the charity at Littlehampton East beach, spotted two women – a mother and her daughter – struggling with their inflatable in a strong offshore breeze.

Noticing they were in difficulty, Brittany quickly sprung into action and paddled out to the pair on her rescue board.

Once she reached them, she was able to check they were okay, and then keep them afloat whilst lifeguards from Littlehampton West Tim Walton and Dan Seagrove Castle launched the inshore rescue boat to bring them all safely to shore.

Brittany said: ‘It was a busy day on the beach, but I spotted the two women just outside of the lifeguard zone and they looked like they were having trouble getting back to shore.

‘It’s situations like this where your training really kicks in. Thankfully, it was a happy ending, but we would advise all those visiting a beach to stay in an area where the lifeguards can see you, and if in danger, call for help immediately.’

Once they were brought ashore, the two women were checked over by the lifeguards before continuing with their day.

RNLI lifeguards will patrol the beaches at Littlehampton until 7 September.

The RNLI offers a free Beach Finder app for those heading to the coast, where users can search for their nearest lifeguarded beach, check tide times and get live weather updates. Download from your App store or visit for more info – RNLI

UK: Man rescued after being thrown from out of control speedboat in Teignmouth, Devon – Published 160514 1645z

A mans had a lucky escape after being thrown from his speedboat in Teignmouth Quay.

Brixham Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public just after 10am this morning, reporting that a man had been hurled into the water from his speedboat. The boat was then going round in circles and the man was trying to swim away to safety.

The Teignmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and the Teignmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat were sent to the scene. The lifeboat crew managed to bring the boat under control by cutting the engine. The man had been picked up by another boat nearby and was brought ashore where he was met by Coastguard Rescue Officers. Hes since been taken to hospital to be checked over, but doesnt appear to have been badly hurt.

Andre Huber, Watch Manager at Brixham Coastguard, said:

It appears the man took off his kill cord as it was too short to allow him to tie up his boat. Unfortunately, he accidentally knocked the throttle, the boat jerked forward and he fell into the water. Without the kill cord, the boats engine didnt cut out and then locked into driving round and round in circles.

Luckily he did have a lifejacket on and was able to quickly swim away to safety and the boat was soonbrought under control.

We always recommend people wear their kill cord at all times when on the boat. Make sure its a suitable length so you can move around your vessel, particularly if youre on your own.

As were set for fine weather this weekend, wed just like to remind everyone to have fun but stay safe on our coastline. If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, or get in touch with us via VHF channel 16.

Teignmouth lifeboat crew stop out of control speedboat

(Video credit: RNLI)

Published on May 16, 2014

A man who fell overboard from his speedboat knocked the throttle as he went, leaving the speedboat to spin out of control. He had been wearing a kill cord, but had taken it off to moor the boat when the accident happened. The volunteer crew of Teignmouth lifeboat raced to the scene and managed to stop the out of control boat. The man, who was wearing a lifejacket, was rescued and taken to hospital as a precaution.

Turkey: Deaths rise to 284, 122 rescued injured. 18 trapped in coal mine explosion/ongoing fire in Soma, Manisa province – Updated 160514 1335z

Update 16 May 2014 1308 UTC :

President Gl visits Soma amid protests

May 15, 2014, Thursday/ 17:15:17/ TODAY’S ZAMAN/ ISTANBUL

President Abdullah Gl speaks to reporters during his visit to Soma mining. (Photo: Today’s Zaman)

President Abdullah Gl traveled to Soma, in western Turkey, on Thursday after the mining town was hit by a disaster that left at least 283 miners dead and was met by angry protests from relatives of the victims.

Gl’s first stop was Akhisar State Hospital, where he visited those who were injured in the incident. Gl wished them a speedy recovery and said he is praying to God that such incidents never take place again. The president was accompanied by Parliament Speaker Cemil iek and Health Minister Mehmet Mezzinoğlu.

There are 10 injured miners in the hospital and they are in good condition.

Gl, who stayed in the hospital for 30 minutes, left the area under tight security measures.

A woman staged an angry protest as the president’s official car was leaving the hospital. The woman, identified as Hlya Akaydın, said: You shameless people, may God damn you. May you burn violently.”

After leaving Akhisar, Gl went to Soma to visit the site of the incident.

Access to the mine entrance was controlled by gendarme roadblocks several kilometers away ahead of the visit by Gl, as gendarmes searched cars.

The president, who cancelled a visit to China after the mine disaster, visited the surroundings of the mine along with iek and was briefed by Energy Minister Taner Yıldız, Health Minister Mezzinoğlu, and Family and Social Policy Minister Ayşenur İslam about the search and rescue efforts and the situation of the injured. The president also spoke with relatives of the miners who were waiting for their loved ones and offered his condolences to the relatives of the victims.

Some had still not received any information about their loved ones and booed the president. One accused the president of hindering the rescue efforts.

Esteemed president, rescue teams cannot enter the mine because of you. We don’t need police here, we need rescue teams. We still cannot get the dead bodies out, he said.

A victim’s mother, whose name was not available, spoke to Gl in person and asked for his help to find her son.

My beloved son lies underground. There is still no news from him. They [rescue teams] stopped working just because the president has come. There are efforts to hide negligence, but there is obvious negligence, the mother told reporters.

Making a statement from the mine area, Gl, who looked upset and had a trembling voice, said Turkey’s loss is very great and there are lessons Turkey needs to take from this disaster.

We need to join hands in order to heal the wounds here and show a big example of solidarity, the president said as he offered his condolences to the victims’ families.

Undoubtedly, such pain should not be experienced again. Just like developed countries minimized such pain [caused by mine disasters], we need to review our regulations and take the necessary measures, he said.

Gl also noted that the State Audit Institution (DDK), tied to the presidency, will provide an outline of measures that need to be taken to prevent similar tragedies in mines.

An administrative and judicial investigation has been launched into the incident, said the president, promising that it will be carried out meticulously.


HĂĽrriyet Daily News:

Company admits there was no refuge chamber in Soma mine, but vows to continue operations

Soma Holding head Ali Grkan is seen during a press conference May 16, three days after the deadly disaster. AA Photo

Soma Holding head Ali Grkan is seen during a press conference May 16, three days after the deadly disaster. AA Photo

The operator of the Soma mine has denied any negligence in the worst mining disaster in Turkeys history, while admitting that a refuge chamber that could have saved lives had not yet been constructed. Nevertheless, Soma Holding head Ali Grkan vowed to continue operating the mine after shortcomings are addressed in the wake of the May 13 disaster.

There was no negligence on our side. I have worked in mines for 20 years, and I did not witness such an incident [here on May 13], said Akın elik, the operating manager of the Soma Coal Mining Company, during a press conference May 16.

Asked if the company would continue to operate the mine, Grkan said: “Of course. After all the measures are taken and the missing room [for the refuge chamber] is built, this operation will continue. Legally, we don’t have an obligation to build a refuge chamber. But we would have completed it in three-four months if this accident hadnt happened.”

No refuge chamber, but escape point

The officials have admitted that there was no refuge chamber in the mine, but added that there was an escape point close to ground level, allowing workers to exit without walking the 300 meters to the main entrance.

When the facility was first established, there was one refuge room that could host 500 people at the center of the mine, but it was closed when production ended in that area of the mine.

As the production area was moved to a deeper part of the mine, preparations were underway to build refuge rooms there, according to the executives.

If the accident had happened three or four months later, the construction of refuge rooms would have been finished and the workers would have survived, the company claimed.

Reason remains unknown

Officials have accepted that they do not know the reason of the accident, describing the fire as being technically inexplicable.

The cause of the fire was heated coal, and no flames erupted at a power distribution unit in the mine, they said.

The incident happened in three to five minutes. The gas filled everywhere in five minutes, elik added.

Grkan, also said they had made the necessary investments to ensure the safety of workers. We have spent our income to improve working conditions to avoid possible accidents, Grkan said, while refusing to answer questions from journalists.

I am in severe pain. People who know me would understand, he said, noting that he had health issues.

elik also confirmed that there were 787 workers inside the mine when the disaster occurred. He said that 363 workers managed to escape the mine after the accident, while another 122 were rescued injured and transferred to nearby hospitals.

elik also confirmed a previous statement by Energy Minister Taner elik who said 18 miners remained trapped inside the mine.

Officals have declined to provide a list of the 787 workers, saying they do not have the authority to release it publicly as all data has been delivered to Turkeys disaster agency, AFAD.

No child workers

Another senior company official, Celalletin Gkaşan, has categorically rejected claims that they employed child workers or subcontracted workers.

There are no foreign, minor or subcontracted workers, Gkaşan said, answering to widespread criticism about the companys alleged mismanagement of the mine.

Cemal Yıldız, who perished in the disaster, was originally said to be 15, but his family subsequently revealed that he was 19 at the time of death. According to Yıldız’s Facebook account, however, he started working in the mines in 2011, meaning he had been employed illegally at the age of 16.

Along with the compensation required by law, there is a program to give more support to the families of victims, Grkan said.

While the scale of the project is yet to be determined for the moment, the company will cover the education tuition of the victims children and other costs, he added.

The Soma coal mine, which is the regions biggest facility employing up to 6,500 workers, was privatized at the end of the 1970s.


Update 14 May 2014 0720 UTC :

Turkey Mine Blast: 201 Dead And Toll May Rise

Hopes are fading for hundreds of miners trapped underground, as relatives wait anxiously at the surface for news.

Workers wait outside a mine in Soma, Turkey, following an underground explosion

Oxygen is being pumped into the mine to help those trapped

At least 201 miners have been killed after an underground explosion and fire in western Turkey.

The countrys energy minister Taner Yildiz�said 787 workers were in the mine at the time of the blast, which is thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Hundreds are still trapped in shafts and tunnels up to 2.5 miles (4km) from the nearest exit. He said 80 miners were injured and at least four of them are in a serious condition.

Mr Yildiz�said�rescue effort is now reaching a critical stage, with hopes fading for the those still trapped.

Workers wait outside a mine in Soma, Turkey, following an underground explosion
Many of the miners were coughing and covered in dust as they were rescued

The blast in Soma, some 155 miles (250km) south of Istanbul, is one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history.

It is reported the fire is still burning underground, hampering rescue efforts.

Fresh air is being pumped into the pit to help workers who may be struggling to breathe, amid fears they could suffer carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dozens of miners have been rescued or made their own way out

TV pictures showed rescued miners coughing and spluttering as they were pulled out alive, their faces coated with black dust.

Relatives waited anxiously at the entrance to the mine, cheering and applauding each successful rescue.

But according to journalist Doran Jones fear has already turned to anger among the relatives of many of those lost.

He told Sky News previous accidents have been reported at the mine and the safety record of operator Soma Komur�has been called into question.

Worried relatives rush to the mine complex in the town of Soma

Mr Jones said one miner had told him he felt like a lamb to the slaughter every time he went to work.

Miner Oktay�Berrin told new Agency AFP�workers were not protected underground.

In a statement, the mines owners, Soma Komur, described the explosion as a tragic accident which happened despite maximum safety measures and inspections.

The incident took place in the town of Soma, in the province of Manisa
The explosion happened in Turkeys western Manisa province

According to Turkeys ministry of labour, the pit was last inspected on March 17 and was found to be compliant with safety regulations.

The accident happened when a power distribution unit exploded about 1.2 miles (2km) beneath the surface, according to Nurettin Akcul, head of the Turkish Mineworkers Union.

It is thought it happened during a change of shifts, leading to confusion over the exact number of workers still inside.

The countrys worst mining disaster was in 1992, when a gas explosion killed 270 workers near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak.

Turkeys Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has postponed a one-day visit to Albania and is heading to the scene. Sky News

South Africa: 11 illegal miners rescued from abandoned gold mine shaft in Benoni nr Johannesburg, unknown number refuse to come up fearing arrest – 160214 1725z

Latest: About 10 miners have been rescued alive, more are coming up rapidly

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Emergency and rescue services have been busy for over six hours trying to free trapped illegal miners outside Benoni CBD on Johannesburgs East Rand.

It is understood they were trapped since early yesterday.

Since early this morning paramedics and rescuers joined forces to set up a plan on how to free them. Numerous heavy duty rescue vehicles and equipment was brought to the old mine shaft to stabilise the ground.

Shortly before 15:00 rescue workers managed to lift the first large rock from the small opening and are hopeful that they will be able to reach some of the miners in die course.

According to local Ekhuruleni Metro Police they were patrolling the open veld for illegal dumping when they heard the cries for help. Upon further investigation they found the illegal miners trapped beneath several layers boulders. The officials then called for rescue services.

Rescue services have since tried to remove the boulders and managed to remove one large boulder. They have also tried to send bottles of water down to the trapped miners.

According to the miners, which can only be verbally communicated with, there are 30 of them trapped in the top section and another 200 odd in another section below them. However this is still difficult to confirm.

Disaster vehicles and law enforcement officials have staged on the scene awaiting the miners. They will be assessed and treated should they have any injuries. The police will also be involved.” – ER24 Emergency Services February 16, 2014 15:25 (SA Time)

Update 1557z:

“Emergency workers have succeeded to gain access to the illegal miners trapped underground in Benoni.


Several miners have been brought to surface. As they are being lifted out of the one squared meter hole they are escorted to the medical station where they are checked for any injuries. Once they are cleared they are taken into custody by the local police and EMPD.


It still remains unclear if there is any truth in what the miners have told rescuers that several others are trapped in a separate section of the mine. Once the first group have been brought to the surface, rescue workers will make their way down to inspect and search for other miners.

An eight hour joint affront between numerous services made it possible to rescue these miners” – ER24 Emergency Services February 16, 2014 17:53(SA Time)

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“Rescuers are communicating with a group of about 30 miners trapped by fallen boulders below the surface at the old mine site in Benoni.

Rescue services in South Africa are trying to reach more than 200 illegal miners reported trapped underground in an abandoned gold shaft in a suburb just east of Johannesburg, an emergency services spokesman said on Sunday.

Werner Vermaak of ER24 emergency services said rescuers were communicating with a group of about 30 miners trapped by fallen boulders below the surface at the old mine site in Benoni.

They told us there are about 200 others trapped further below, Vermaak said.

Its an abandoned mine shaft in the middle of the public veld (open fields) … it was not a blocked-off area, he added. No injuries or casualties had been reported so far, Vermaak said.

Heavy equipment had been brought in to try to remove the boulders obstructing the shaft.

Illegal mining of abandoned shafts is common in South Africa, where informal miners excavate mineral ore to be sold to buyers, often living underground in dangerous and precarious conditions. Fatal accidents are common, and underground battles between rival groups have also been reported.

The illegal diggers also sometimes invade active mines. At least 82 men – thought to have been illegal miners – died after an underground fire at a Harmony gold mine in South Africa in 2009.” –

Bahamas: Up to 30 Haitian migrants drown after sinking, over 100 others rescued – 281113 1258z

Haitian migrants drown after sinking in the Bahamas

BBC 27 November 2013 Last updated at 02:17Z (GMT/UTC)

Up to 30 migrants from Haiti have drowned after a vessel ran aground and capsized.

The US Coast Guard said over 100 people has been rescued from the overturned boat near Staniel Cay in the Bahamas.

Babita Sharma reports.

Critically injured woman rescued from glacier

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A Wellington man has helped carry a critically injured woman off a South Island glacier after she broke both her legs.

In an exhausting effort, the man and a male climbing colleague carried the injured Christchurch woman for about 45 minutes last night, through the snow and ice of the Arrowsmith Range, northwest of Mt Hutt, to reach a rescue helicopter.

An avalanche struck just 200 metres from the group as they were walking to the chopper, buffeted by winds of about 40-50 kmh.

Rescuers said the woman needed urgent medical attention and may have died if not for her personal locator beacon.

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South Africa: NSRI commend crayfish trawler crew for rescue of fisherman in St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape – 100913 1015z

“At 19h30 on Monday the 10th of September St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for urgent medical assistance from the Cape Town crayfish trawler, the 58 meter RIGEL IV, reporting that a 30 year old Cape Town crewman had severe injuries after his foot was caught in a rope, while deploying crayfish traps overboard, allegedly causing the fisherman to be pulled overboard by the rope and then pulled underwater by the descending crayfish trap.

The crayfish trawler was deep-sea, believed to be some 25 nautical miles off-shore of St Francis Bay at the time deploying crayfish traps.

The man overboard emergency procedure was activated by the skipper of RIGEL IV.

From what we understand from crew reports the crew were able to cut one of the lines to the descending crayfish trap and then used the line fouled around the fishermans leg to haul him back up to the sea surface. He was then recovered (rescued) back onto the trawler.

As part of the man overboard emergency procedure NSRI St Francis Bay had immediately been notified by the ships company and a sea rescue response was mobilized.

The man had sustained a serious fracture of his left femur and was suffering near drowning symptoms and lapsing in and out of consciousness.

The vessel immediately headed towards St Francis Bay and our NSRI sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis Bay was launched to rendezvous with the vessel.

We rendezvoused with the vessel 18 nautical miles off-shore of St Francis Bay, in rough seas of 4.5 meter swells, and two NSRI medics were transferred aboard RIGEL IV where they found the semi conscious patient in a serious condition.

An EC Government Health EMS ambulance was dispatched to stand-by at our sea rescue base.

Crew of the vessel had rendered First-Aid treatment and our NSRI medics continued with medical treatment but sea conditions were too rough to risk transferring the patient across to our sea rescue boat and we instead escorted the trawler towards St Francis Bay while our two NSRI medics stayed onboard the trawler while continuing to render medical treatment.

Once the trawler neared St Francis Bay sea conditions improved and the patient was transferred onto our sea rescue boat and he was brought to our sea rescue base and handed into the care of the EMS paramedics.

The patient has been transported by EMS ambulance to hospital in a serious condition suffering unconsciousness near drowning symptoms and a fractured left femur.

It was reported by the ships Captain that the fisherman had been wearing all safety apparel at the time of the incident, a hard hat, gloves, a life-jacket and protective wear.

The skipper and crew of RIGEL IV are commended for rescuing their crewman from the water in what appear to have been extremely trying circumstances.

The sea rescue operation was completed at 23h30.” – NSRI

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Spirit of St Francis II NSRI

Fisherman rescued by RCAF Cormorant helicopter crew west of Port Hardy

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A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) crew was called out to rescue a commercial fisherman on Sunday night.

The fisherman was about 80 nautical miles west of Port Hardy when air controllers at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria received a call that he may be experiencing a possible medical condition, and needed to be evacuated to hospital.

The Cormorant crew from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron took off from their base at 19 Wing Comox and was on scene at just before 5 p.m.

“We talked to the ship and got the crew to clear a spot on the deck so that we could lower our Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) safely,” said Captain Pierre Faucher, aircraft commander. “Fishing vessels are always challenging to lower SAR Techs onto because of the masts, antennas and rigging on board.”

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12 men dramatically rescued from their fishing trawler that ran aground on ‘Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island’ rocks in storm – 130813 1050z

NSRI: “At 00h04 on Tuesday the13th of August NSRI Table Bay, Melkbosstrand and Bakoven duty crews were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following a mayday distress call from the 19.6 meter Hout Bay fishing trawler CLAREMONT with 12 crew onboard reporting to be running aground on the South Western side of Robben Island.

Pat van Eyssen, NSRI Table Bay station commander, said: It appears that the vessel lost motor power and they were drifting ashore in storm seas with 5 to 6 meter breaking swells.

Our Table Bay, Melkbosstrand and Bakoven volunteers launched our sea rescue boats SPIRIT OF VODACOM, ROTARY ENDEAVOR, SPIRIT OF THE VINES and ROTARIAN SCHIPPER and responded to Robben Island.

NSRI Hout Bay and the WC Government Health EMS were placed on high alert.

Telkom Maritime Radio Services provided VHF radio communications for the rescue operation.

NSRI rescue vehicles responded to Signal Hill to assist with communications and a WC Government Health EMS JOC (Joint Operations Command) vehicle was dispatched to assist on Signal Hill.

While responding to the scene the skipper and owner, Marcelino da Silva, 49, from Table View, confirmed that his 11 crew members, all from Hout Bay, had moved to the back of the vessel, only 4 had time to retrieve and don their life-jackets and he reported that he remained in the wheel house while their vessel had waves breaking over the vessel and that they were already in amongst the rocks and the vessel was being battered against rocks and was breaking up.

On arrival on-scene efforts to get the crew off from the sea side, with our NSRI rigid inflatable rescue craft darting in between wave sets under the illumination of white illuminating flares proved fruitless as waves of between 5 to 6 meter sets rolled in forcing our rigid inflatable rescue craft to abandon the efforts each time to avoid being capsized or rammed into rocks.

By this stage it was clear that the crew aboard the casualty vessel were understandably panicking and showing a willingness to take their chances if they abandoned their ship but NSRI controllers, using calm and reassuring voice tones, consoled them over the VHF radios to stay on the relative, although precarious, safety of their ship particularly since only 4 crew members were wearing life-jackets. They were still at that stage a few hundred meters off-shore and their vessel gradually being swept between and over rocks and breaking up as waves crashed over her as she was forced closer to the island.

The Red Cross AMS Skymed 1 helicopter was placed on alert by Metro Control but they could only fly at first light and MRCC (Maritime rescue Coordination Centre) activated the SA Air Force 22 Squadron Oryx helicopters with NSRI station 29 Helicopter rescue unit but they would only become airborne in 2 hours.

The situation intensified when it became clear that the vessel was hard aground on rocks and listing to a 40 degree angle and casualty crew had no further choice and they began to abandon ship under their Captains instruction.

NSRI rescue crews raced into Murray Bay Harbour and summoned the Robben Island Security who mustered their staff, and with an ambulance (that is kept on the island), a mini bus and two bakkies the NSRI crews were driven by the Robben Island security to the side of the island where the casualty crew were abandoning their ship.

The Transnet National Ports Authority activated a Pilot Boat to transport additional NSRI rescue crew, Metro rescue paramedics and rescue and medical equipment, including lighting, to the island from the V&A Waterfront.

WC Government Health EMS ambulances and response paramedics were activated to respond to NSRI Table Bay rescue base to stand-by.

At first only one of the casualty crew managed to get to shore and NSRI rescue swimmers waded, swam and jumped from rock to rock, in between crashing waves to reach the ship where four casualty crew members were found perched on a rock below their listing vessel. They were helped ashore (NSRI rescue swimmers swam them, and helped them over rocks to reach the shore) while wave sets continued to crash over the vessel and over the rescue effort.

In relays all 11 casualty crew were helped ashore by the 8 NSRI rescue swimmers who had gone around to the land side. Only the skipper remained at his wheel house and he reported to require assistance as he was exhausted and he had succumbed to hypothermia. NSRI rescue swimmers were able to retrieve him from the casualty vessel and he too was brought to shore.

By 04h17 all 12 crew members of CLAREMONT were accounted for and ashore on Robben Island. They were transported by Robben Island vehicles to Robben Islands Murray Bay harbour and treatment for hypothermia and shock was commenced.

They were taken aboard SPIRIT OF VODACOM and transported to our sea rescue base at the V&A Waterfront. All 12 men were handed into the care of the Metro ambulance paramedics. They have been transported to Groote Schuur and New Somerset hospitals. All are in stable conditions, for treatment for hypothermia, and two also for treatment for back injuries.

All are men aged between 18 and 52.

The rescue operation was completed at 05h17 today.

SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) will investigate any possible environmental impact and any chances of a salvage of the vessel which remains hard aground on Robben Island.

(Credit: All pictures, except Robben Island view, from NSRI)


The skipper ( left) and crew from the fishing boat Claremont on the Rescue Boat Spirit of Vodacom after their ordeal. 12 Crew were rescued by NSRI volunters off the Hout Bay fishing boat Claremont which went aground on Robben Island on Monday night 12 August 2013. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI12 Crew were rescued by NSRI volunters off the Hout Bay fishing boat Claremont which went aground on Robben Island on Monday night 12 August 2013. Pictu

The skipper ( left) and crew from the fishing boat Claremont on the Rescue Boat Spirit of Vodacom after their ordeal. Picture pat Van Eyssen / NSRI.

The NSRI boat Spirit of Vodacom enters Table Bay harbour after the rescue.

The NSRI boat Spirit of Vodacom enters Table Bay harbour after the rescue.

The Sea Rescue boats Rotarian Schipper and Spirit of the Vines enter Table Bay after the rescue.

The Sea Rescue boats Rotarian Schipper and Spirit of the Vines enter Table Bay after the rescue.

Crew from the fishing boat Claremont come ashore after their ordeal.

Crew from the fishing boat Claremont come ashore after their ordeal. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI.


The skipper of the fishing boat Claremont comes ashore at the Table Bay rescue base.

The skipper of the fishing boat Claremont comes ashore at the Table Bay rescue base. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI.

Kobus Meyer, Coxswain of Spirit of the vines shows the damage to his rescue boat during the rescue. 12 Crew were rescued by NSRI volunters off the Hout Bay fishing boat Claremont which went aground on Robben Island on Monday night 12 August 2013. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI

Kobus Meyer, Coxswain of Spirit of the Vines, shows the damage to his rescue boat during the rescue. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI

NSRI volunteer Kim Germishuys hugs Coxswain Kobus Meyer after the dramatic rescue. 12 Crew were rescued by NSRI volunters off the Hout Bay fishing boat Claremont which went aground on Robben Island on Monday night 12 August 2013. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI

NSRI volunteer Kim Germishuys hugs Coxswain Kobus Meyer after the dramatic rescue. Picture Andrew Ingram / NSRI

Robben Island as viewed from Table Moutain / South Africa, Cape Town Feb-2005. (Photo: Stephantom/ Click photo for more on Robben Island

South Africa: Crew rescued from grounded bulk carrier off Walker Pt, Buffels Bay – 080813 1320z

Crew evacuated from bulk carrier



All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture NSRI.

All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout.




At 10h02 all 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter in relays.


Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander, said: The rescue helicopter hoisted NSRI helicopter rescue swimmers onto the ships deck where they instructed crew on the procedure to be hoisted into the helicopter by winch hoist using under arm harnesses.


Once they were safely airlifted to the beach, because of the terrain, they were then ferried by our NSRI sea rescue vehicles to a parking area in the Goukamma Nature Reserve where the Nature Conservation office was taken over as a rescue operations control point.


WC Government Health EMS, ER24 ambulance services, the SA Police Services and Police Sea Borderline are also in attendance.


The crew members, Ukranian and Filipino nationals, are handed into the care of Police Sea Borderline and they will be transported to Mossel Bay for visa control processing and accommodated.


Only minor injuries were sustained to two crew members of the ship, a laceration to a hand and one with a minor ankle injury, but they do not require to go to hospital and were treated on-scene by paramedics. None of the remaining crew of the casualty vessel were injured and all 19 crew are accounted for and safe.


The ship had washed side on to the shore during the early morning and came to rest hard aground after her anchor dragged and the tug boat was not able to hold her off against rough sea swells of 5 meters and strong gusting to 45 knot onshore winds.. The decision was taken by the ships Captain to abandon the ship and the safest method was to deploy the helicopter and hoist the crew off the ship while our NSRI rescue boats stood by to assist if necessary.


SAMSA officials remain on-scene and the bulk carrier,fully laden with rice, will be assessed for salvage and efforts to prevent an environmental risks.


NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wildreness have now stood down and are returning to base and NSRI Mossel Bay have been taken off high alert as no further rescue assistance is required.


NSRI Commend the efforts of NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wilderness crew and the Titan helicopter for the efforts of saving the crew of KIANI SATU today.


All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture NSRI.

All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout/NSRI.






All 19 crew members of the 165 meter rice bulk carrier container ship KIANI SATU are being evacuated off the casualty ship in relays by NSRI Knysna and NSRI Wilderness sea rescue boats.


Once safely ashore the crew will be processed and handed into the care of Police and Tourism officials. No injuries have been sustained.


The first 9 crew members were brought safely ashore at 09h34.


Environmental risks are being assessed by SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) and efforts will be made to salvage the ship.


All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew.

All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew.




WALKER POINT, BUFFELS BAY Thursday, 08th August, 2013. Ship at risk:


At 03h39 on Thursday the 8th of August NSRI Knysna volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of theKIANI SATU, a 165 meter rice bulk carrier container ship, at risk of running aground at Walker Bay, between Knysna and Sedgefield with 19 crew members aboard who are believed to be Filipino and Ukranian nationals.


Our Knysna volunteers responded towing our sea rescue craft JAYTEE III and SPIRIT OF KYC and NSRI Wilderness volunteer sea rescue duty crew were also activated and they have towed their sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF ROTARY 100 and SERENDIPITY and our NSRI rescue crews are standing-by at Walker Point ready to launch to rescue the 19 crew if that becomes necessary. The Red Cross AMS Skymed 2 helicopter at George Airport is also on high alert accompanied by NSRI helicopter rescue swimmers to respond if it becomes necessary.


According to SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) the salvage vessel SMIT AMANDLA was dispatched from Cape Town in the early hours of this morning and is expected to reach the scene at nightfall today.


NSRI are poised on the shore ready to spring into action if it becomes necessary.


The ship, sailing from Cape Town, to Gabon, appears to have run into motor mechanical problems yesterday. A tug boat, the Fairmont Glazier, were dispatched to assist and is onscene. In 5 meter swells and gusting to 45 knot onshore Westerly winds the casualty vessel KIANI SATU has dragged anchor and they are now lying about half a nautical mile off-shore and her anchor is currently holding.


Fog has descended further hampering the stand-by rescue operation. There are no direct access points for media on the scene and media are respectfully requested to hold back and not approach as the coastline in the area is dangerous and the ship cannot be viewed from shore.


The Captain is not willing to have his crew leave the ship at this stage and NSRI on-scene Commander Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander, is in agreement that unless the situation turns worse it is unnecessary to evacuate crew in the dark under these sea conditions.


Media are respectfully requested to NOT call NSRI by phone on the scene and to liaise only via NSRI Communications at 0823803800.


This is a tense situation and our NSRI rescue resources on the scene cannot have communications tied up.




At this stage all crew onboard the trawler are safe and decisions on further action are being assessed.


Further updates will follow periodically as the morning progresses.


All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew.

All 19 crew members were safely ashore after being rescued off the ship KIANI SATU. They were airlifted off the ship by a Titan helicopters Sikorski 76 helicopter. Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew.

UAE: 31 crewmen rescued after two ships collide off Umm Al Quwain – 240713 1615z

Thirty-one crewmen were rescued after two ships collided off the coast of Umm Al Quwain on Friday.

The collision occurred at about 3.30am. Police were alerted and then sent rescue teams to the area, about nine nautical miles off the coast.

One of the ships, with a Sri Lankan flag, was coming from Iran to Dubai with nine Indian crew members, an UAQ Police spokesman said.

It was empty, while the other ship, with a Comoros Islands flag, was leaving Dubai to Somalia with 22 crew members and a load of different goods including 46 cars.

After the collision the Sri Lankan ship sank, but all of its crew were rescued and all were in good health.

He said efforts are under way to raise the sunken ship while the second ship was taken to Sharjah Port for repairs.

Police said the cause of the accident was still being investigated but initial inquiries indicated the Sri Lankan ship had stopped and did not have its lights on.

It is suspected it had a malfunction with its engine.

The case is now with UAQ prosecutors.” –


UK: Gravesend man feared dead after trying to save young girl from the sea – Heroic youngsters help rescue girl – 150713 1725z

The search of the River Thamesfor a man feared drownedafter trying to save a young girlhas been called off.

The man – believed to live locally and in his 20s – went missingin the river off Gravesend yesterday as four children rushed to rescue him and the girl, who was saved.

A search – which included the Kent Police Marine Unit, coastguard and helicopter – took place soon after the man disappeared.

There was another search at about midnight and continued today just after noon.

Kent Police said there has been no sign of the man and the active hunt has now concluded.

A spokesman said the man’s family have been informed.

The prom was taped off on Sunday by police
Earlier, a schoolgirl told how she and pals risked their own lives to save the man when he got into difficulties rescuing the girl.

St John’s comprehensive pupil Weronika Medlewska, 15, was one of four youngsters who tried to help the struggling recuer at Gordon Promenade yesterday.

Emergency services were called at 3.47pm following a report that a man had been seen in the water and had not resurfaced.

The RNLI lifeboat from Gravesend was sent immediately to the scene.

Emergency services at the scene yesterday. Picture Luka Hanmore

Meanwhile St John’s pupils Jake Cornish, 16, and Weronika Medlewska, 15, and Swan Valley pupils Lewis Rossiter, 18, and Kieran Wellard, 16, went in to the water to help the man and girl.

Weronika said: “Me and my mate were the ones that tried saving him, but i think it was too late.

“We jumped into the water and tried getting him out but he was just going down and he was pulling us under the water with him.

“It breaks my heart because I know I couldn’t save him – he was too heavy for us.

“He was 28 and we’re 15-16. Still shocked. Just hope they will find him soon.

“We tried our best, we couldn’t risk our lives.”

St John’s deputy head Michael O’Shea said: “We’re just so proud of them. Knowing them as I do, it doesn’t surprise me that they’ve jumped in to help someone.”

The girl was safely rescued, but the man disappeared under the water.

Pru Fahey, a member of staff at St John’s school on Rochester Road, said: “Yesterday I was at the prom in Gravesend where I witnessed a terrible situation unfolding.

“A girl and a boy were in the Thames when they got taken under by the current.

“A woman came over screaming, saying ‘please help, my daughter’s drowning’ when one of our students jumped in without a second thought and helped save the girl.

“It was Jake Cornish. It was a real act of bravery and I was extremely proud.”

Temperatures in the area topped 30C yesterday.

London Coastguard watch manager Philip Myers said yesterday: “The lifeboat was on scene really quickly this afternoon and everyone involved did everything they could to find the man.

“We will carry out a search of the shoreline tonight but this is increasingly looking like a tragic accident.”

The South East Coast Ambulance Service was also on the scene after the initial alarm was raised.

This weekend, Gravesend will be hosting Party on the Prom which Gravesham council has confirmed will still go ahead.” – kentonline

Video: A lifeboat searches the Thames for the missing man


Gravesend man still missing after rescuing young girl from the sea

A MULTI-AGENCY search continued last night for a man who is feared drowned after rescuing a young girl in Gravesend.

The Medway Coastguard Rescue team, Gravesend RNLI, Port of London Authority and Kent Police searched the shoreline off Gravesend Promenade at midnight to find the missing man after he got into difficulty yesterday afternoon at 3.30pm.

The RNLI lifeboat was sent immediately to the scene while four members of the public went in to the water to help the man and girl.

The girl was safely rescued but unfortunately the man disappeared under the water.

Two launches from the Port of London Authority and Metropolitan Police joined the RNLI lifeboat in searching the sea with the Essex Police helicopter searching from the air.

Unfortunately the man was not found.

London Coastguard Watch Manager Philip Myers said yesterday:

“The lifeboat was on scene really quickly this afternoon and everyone involved did everything they could to find the man. We will carry out a search of the shoreline tonight but this is increasingly looking like a tragic accident.” – thisiskent

Last update from Gravesend Lifeboat at 16.25pm Monday 15 July: “Low water search carried out. Nothing found.” – GravesendRNLI

Sri Lanka: Monsoon leaves 5 dead, search for over 17 missing fishermen continues amid allegations that Met Dept did not forecast storm – further winds forecast up to 80 kph in the next 24 hours – 080613 2215z

Monsoon rains, winds kill 5 people in Sri Lanka, 17 fishermen missing and 20 more rescued

Sri Lankan people watch a rescue boat search for missing fishermen in Dehiwala on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Heavy wind and rains caused by the southwestern monsoon killed five people and left 17 fishermen missing along Sri Lankas coast Saturday, an official said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Associated Press June 8, 2013 9:00 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Heavy wind and rains caused by the southwestern monsoon killed five people and left 17 fishermen missing along Sri Lankas coast Saturday, an official said.

The navy and air force have rescued another 20 fishermen so far, said spokesman Lal Sarath Kumara from the governments disaster management centre.

Kumara said fishermen were the worst affected by Saturdays bad weather. Four of the dead were fishermen, while one person was crushed by a fallen tree.

Thirteen other people were injured, he added.

The meteorology department issued a warning of bad weather with strong winds because of the southwest monsoon activating over Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan navy and air force launched a joint operation to rescue the missing fishermen, by deploying three ships and two helicopters.

Other Reports

Tropical monsoon kills 5 in Sri Lanka

AFP June 09, 2013 1:27AM (local time)

AT least five people were killed and dozens were missing as strong monsoon rains and wind lashed Sri Lanka on Saturday, damaging buildings on the tropical island, police said.

Five people were confirmed dead, four at sea and one on land, while dozens of fishermen were missing, police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena said.

The navy and the airforce have mounted a search for dozens of fishermen who have been reported missing in unusually rough seas, he said.

The Disaster Management Centre said that rains and strong winds forced authorities to open the sluice gates of four major hydroelectricity reservoirs in central Sri Lanka to prevent damage to dams.

Military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasooriya said ground troops were also deployed to help in relief and rescue operations.

Fallen trees blocked many roads, including the main highway to the Bandaranaike International Airport, just north of the capital, police said.

The bad weather was forecast to continue over the weekend with the South Western monsoon packing winds of up to 70km an hour and dumping heavy rain.

Seven people were killed in Sri Lanka last month when a tropical cyclone brushed the islands eastern coast.

Sri lanka monsoon

Dehiwala residents, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Five people were killed by a monsoon that hit the coast.

Sri Lanka depends on monsoon rains for irrigation and power generation, but the seasonal downpours frequently cause deaths and property damage.

Independent Television Network News

Navy and Air force launch joint rescue missions to save fishermen

June 8, 2013 3:54 pm

The Air Force and the Navy are continuing their joint operations to rescue fishermen who have met with disaster due to inclement weather.

Five fishermen have lost their lives and more than 17 are reported missing.

The government has launched a programme to provide compensation on their behalf and provide maximum relief to their families.

A group of fishermen who ventured out to the sea from Beruwala, Ahungalla, Galle and Gintota were caught in stormy weather last night.

The Navy, Air Force and Coast Conservation Department have launched a joint rescue mission since this morning.

Around 20 vessels that ventured out from Balapitiya fisheries harbour were caught up in the stormy weather.

Three of the vessels have been found and 10 fishermen were admitted to Balapitiya hospital.

A body of one fisherman is also lying in the hospital.

One fishermen had died when a vessel that ventured out from Dodanduwa fisheries harbour carrying two fishermen met with disaster.

The deceased has been identified as 47 year old fisherman named Saumyasiri from Telwatta, Galle.

A body of a fisherman is also lying at Karapitiya hospital.

A sailor who has been injured in the rescue mission has also been admitted to the hospital.

Four fishermen who were caught up in stormy weather at sea are receiving treatment at Colombo National hospital.

Director of the hospital Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that their condition is not serious.

The Navy sent ships as well as fast attack craft from Galle and Colombo for the rescue missions.

Naval spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that small vessels will also be used if the weather permits.
He said that the Navy has launched special rescue missions.

Jaya Sagara ship and fast attack craft of the Navy were deployed from the Galle harbour while Sura Nimala and Sayura ships and four more fast attack craft were deployed from the Colombo harbour.

One fisherman was rescued in Colombo and two were rescued in Beruwala. He said additional craft are prepared to be deployed. He called on the fishermen not to venture out until the weather clears.

Meanwhile a number of Air Force helicopters are also deployed for the rescue missions.

Air Force Spokesman Group Captain Andrew Wijesuriya said that a large number of fishermen were rescued in the missions carried out in Mt. Lavinia, Balapitiya and Kollupiya.
He said that two fishermen were rescued by the Air Force. They also saved a boat in Beruwala.

Army Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasuriya called on the people to provide maximum support. He said that the army has launched rescue missions in the south and the west of the country. The army is also providing active participation in the relief operations on land. He called on the people to provide cooperation for the relief work.

Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne said that the government is attempting to provide maximum relief to the fishermen and their family members. He said that a large number of fishermen have met with disaster due to the stormy conditions. He said that the Navy and Air Force commanders have offered maximum cooperation. The Ministry of Disaster Management is providing the necessary support for the fishermen.

There have been allegations against the Met Department for not forecasting the stormy conditions at sea.

Expressing his views, Director of the Met. Department S.H. Kariyawasam said that they had warned about rain and strong winds in the weather forecasts and called fishermen to exercise vigilance. They had also informed the Navy. He said that the warning has not reached the people for whom it was meant. If they had paid more attention the damage could have been minimized.

The train services on the coastal railway line was disrupted this morning due to a protest carried out by a group of fishermen in Dehiwela. The protestors dispersed after Senior DIG Anura Senanayake and Mayor of the Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council Dhanasiri Amaratinge came to the scene.

The Mayor said that those who attempt to achieve political mileage even during a natural disaster by provoking people should be marginalised. He said that he explained the situation to the protesters and they agreed to disperse. The train services have resumed.

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Five deaths, 17 missing due to adverse weather

Five deaths, 17 missing due to adverse weather

June 8, 201306:07 pm

Five persons including 4 fishermen died while 17 fishermen are reported missing so far due to adverse wind conditions affecting parts of the island.

Rescue operations are continuing in search of the missing fishermen, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said.
Sri Lanka Air Force helicopters and naval vessels have been deployed in a joint rescue mission for fishermen caught in stormy weather off the south western coast of the island.
At least 3 bodies of fishermen were washed ashore in the south western coastal areas of Dehiwela and Beruwela and 13 others injured were rescued in the southern coastal area of Balapitiya.
The fishermen are missing since last night as their boats had capsized in strong winds and heavy rains caused by the activation of the south-west monsoon.
Several fishermen were rescued by an air force helicopter and an aircraft while the Navy divers off three vessels which had been deployed rescued more.
The Met Department has warned of monsoon winds upto 80 kph in the next 24 hours. Angry fishermen also blocked the southern coastal railway track to protest, urging the authorities to launch the rescue mission.
Fishermen community also blame authorities for failing to alert them regarding the weather condition, in order to minimize the casualties.
The Met. Department however says it issued a weather forecast at 3.00 a.m. this mornign advising fishermen and naval communities against venturing out to sea.
Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, speaking to Ada Derana, stated that the Met. Department informed him that they announced the increase in wind and heavy rainfall expected today.
He, however, conceded that there is a shortage of officials at the meteorology department compared to the number of electronic and print media. -


Sri Lanka Air Force & Navy trying to rescue missing fishermen in Beruwala

(Video credit: Saiyaf Jameel)

Published on 8 Jun 2013

Sri Lanka Air Force & Navy trying to rescue fishermen who are missing since the cyclone rocked the coastal area in Beruwala, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Met Department

Sri Lanka’s Met Department reportedly failed to issue a warning in back in November 2011, a week later Disaster Management Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Amaraweera said that he could not understand the reason for that. It would appear that there was a lack of modern equipment and meteorologists at the Department at that time.

However, thesundayleader (Jan 15, 2012) writes about Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department … “While not unpleasant to the eye, the lack of modernized equipment does not paint a pretty picture……”

Only recently, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera admitted to a “shortage of officials meteorology department compared to the number of electronic and print media” Is it down to funding? How much is a life worth?

The purpose of this is not to have a dig at Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department as such, but simply to shine a light on a problem that may be risking lives unnecessarily.

Nepal: Monsoon landslides in Taplejung and Sindhuli leave 8 dead, 3 injured and 7 missing; Rescue work on-going 060613 1245z

Seven including six members of a family are reportedly killed, and four other are missing when a landslide buried a house at Thukimba-6, Taplejung on Wednesday mid-night.

The deceased are identified as Astha Bahadur Siwa (69), his wife, son Salman Siwa (40), daughter-in-law Manamaya Siwa (36), grandsons Nasiram Siwa and Khagendra Siwa.

Also, 10-year-old Naina Siwa, daughter of Tej Man Siwa got killed in the mud-slide.

It is said that the incessant rainfall in the region caused the land to slide in the house causing the fatalities.

In the meantime, a team of police from Area Police Office, Dovan , Nepal Army, and locals are carrying on the rescue process. Likewise, a team under command of Police Inspector Yam Bahadur Paudel have left to the disaster area which is about a day walk from the district headquarters.

In another incident in the same region at Thukimba-6, Taplejung, three persons got injured when the landslide buried the house of Kuber Singh.

Sukman Siwa is rescued in the critical condition. However, five other survived as they were able to run away when the disaster hit the house.

According to the police, the continuous rainfall in the region has been hindering the rescue process.

Thursday, 06 June, 2013 at 04:32 (04:32 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

Seven members of the same family, including three children, were killed on Thursday when a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains buried their house in a remote village in northeastern Nepal, police said.

Police rescuers were sent to the area to search for survivors after part of a hillside above Thumkina village broke away and smashed into two houses below, officials told AFP.

“In total seven people have died,” Anup Narayan Jha, a local police constable, said.

“Four more are missing while two have been seriously injured,” he said adding that the injured were being taken to the nearest health post.

“The downpour started in the evening and stopped only in the middle of the night.”

Jha told AFP that six more police officers were en route to the disaster site, an eight-hour trek from the nearest road.

He said the family lived in a thinly populated village in the rugged highlands of Taplejung district, one of Nepal’s poorest areas, 260 kilometres (160 miles) east of Kathmandu.

Hundreds of people die every year from flooding and landslides during Nepal’s monsoon season, which typically starts in June and ends in September.

Source: Sapa

7 of single family killed in Taplejung landslide


Seven members of a family were killed when a landslide buried their houses at Thukima in Taplejung district on Wednesday night. Four persons have gone missing.

The landslide triggered by incessant rainfall buried Asta Bahadur Siwa, 69, his wife, son Salman Siwa, 40, daughter-in-law Manmaya Siwa, 34, and grandchildren Naniran, 14, and Khagendra, 12. The landslide also killed Naina Siwa, 10, daughter of Tej Bahadur Siwa whose family members have gone missing in the mudslide, police said.

Sukamaya Sanwa of Thukima-4 has sustained critical injuries after she was swept away some 50 meters down by the landslide. The injured are undergoing treatment at the local health post.

The landslide swept away the houses of Ashta Bahadur Siwa, Salman Siwa, Tej Bahadur Siwa and Kuber Singh Sanwa.

Local people and police have been carrying out the rescue work in the area.

A team of Nepal Army and Armed Police Force from district headquarters has also been dispatched for rescue work.
Posted on: 2013-06-06 08:30


3 persons go missing in Sindhuli landslide, body found buried Added At: 2013-06-06 4:34 PM Last Updated At: 2013-06-06 4:34 PM

“JANAKPURDHAM: A landslide occurred near the Sabi Khola (rivulet) at Jhangajholi VDC-3 in Sindhuli district has swept away three members of the same family this morning.

The landslide swept away two women and a man at 7:30 am, according to the District Police Office.

The incident took place when the landslide occurred while constructing a new road at the rivulet.

Meanwhile, a body of a man was found at 10:45 am this morning, but the identity of the man has not been ascertained yet, said police.

The body was buried in the sands.”


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Mexico: Landslide buries several vehicles on Mexico-Queretaro highway. At least 7 dead, 4 injured.

At least seven people were killed on the Mexico-Queretaro highway in central Mexico, after a landslide buried several vehicles, the Federal Police confirmed Monday.

The landslide occurred in Tepeji del Rio municipality in the central state of Hidalgo, due to strong rain and hail on Sunday night. Tons of soil and mud trapped at least five vehicles which were passing the highway at the moment of the landslide.

Those killed were three men and two women who were in a taxi, as well as one woman and one man in a red van.

Four other passengers of the red van were injured and taken to San Jose hospital in Naucalpan, state of Mexico.

People from Tepeji del Rio are trying to clean their homes, as the storm had damaged 150 houses.

Mexico’s Federal Highway Police, the Ministry of Communications and Transporting, the Army and rescue teams from the state of Mexico and from Mexico City, were helping in the cleaning work and removing disaster rubble.
Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 at 03:16 (03:16 AM) UTC RSOE

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Published on 27 May 2013

Deslave en la MĂxico — QuerĂtaro deja 7 muertos
27 Mayo 2013

Las malas condiciones climáticas cobran vidas en la Carretera MĂxico — QuerĂtaro, esto a causa de un deslave de un cerro en el kilometro 70. El deslave deja al menos 7 muertos.

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Malaysia: Overloaded express boat carrying 204 capsizes in Sarawak, 181 rescued, 23 missing – 280513 1130z

An express boat, said to be overloaded with more than 100 passengers returning to their villages for the Gawai festival, capsized in the Rajang River at about 9am on Tuesday near Belaga town.

The boat was travelling from Bakun to Kapit and Sibu. Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang had spotted the overturned vessel and people swimming away from it towards the riverbank when he was flying by helicopter to Kuching.

He immediately landed at Uma Tevok Long Buyun where he met the survivors and organised a rescue. He said it was not immediately known if there were any fatalities and what had caused the boat to capsize. “We haven’t done a head count. “But according to those who swam to safety, there are people trapped in the boat,” Liwan said when contacted.
Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 at 06:24 (06:24 AM) UTC RSOE

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Overloaded express boat capsizes in Sarawak, 20 missing

BELAGA: Rescuers have saved 181 passengers from capsized express boat but 23 people are still missing in the capsized express boat incident in Sungai Rajang, Sarawak this morning.

The Kawan Mas express boat carrying holidaymakers returning home to celebrate the Gawai Dayak festival this weekend, capsized near Tanjong Giam Bungan at 9am, which is an hour boat ride from Belaga.

It is learnt the boat which started off from Bakun, was carrying 204 passengers although its maximum load capacity is only 74 people.

Belaga town councillor Daniel Levoh said none of the passengers in the overloaded express boat were from Belaga as the boat was already full with passengers before reaching the small town.

“None of those from Belaga managed to get a place on the boat. It could only berth to drop a few passengers off,” said Daniel.

He also said many of the passengers on the boat were workers from Bakun, Murum or Sungai Asap who were heading back for the Gawai Dayak celebrations this weekend.

Residents from nearby longhouses, Uma Tevok and Uma Tanjong were the first to to the scene torescue the passengers.

Culture and Heritage assistant minister Liwan Lagang, who was at the scene, said the boat was already overloaded as it was making its way towards Kapit.

Other rescue teams from the Fire an d Rescue Department, civil defence, police and Sarawak Rivers Board are now at the scene.

Meanwhile, Bernama quoted Belaga OCPD DSP Bakar Sebau who said the survivors were now sheltering at two longhouses not far from the site of the incident.

“We are still continuing with our search for those missing,” he said when contacted.

He said the express boat was travelling from Bakun in the upper part of the river and had developed engine problem after hitting wood debris in the river.

23 missing after boat flips in Malaysia

Survivors of an overturned boat accident, Rajang River in Belaga

Twenty-one people are missing after an overloaded boat capsized in a remote Malaysian jungle river. Source: AAP

“TWENTY-THREE people are missing in remote Borneo after a boat overloaded with holidaymakers heading home for a festival capsized in treacherous rapids on a jungle river, Malaysian police said.

“Twenty-three people are still missing,” local police chief Bakar Anak Sebau told AFP.

He said 181 were rescued after the morning accident on the Rajang river, Malaysia’s longest, which flows from deep in the rugged interior of Borneo island in the state of Sarawak.

The boat’s capacity was just 74 passengers, added Bakar, police chief of the town of Belaga from where the boat set off shortly before the incident.

Most passengers were believed to be heading home for the coming weekend’s Gawai festival, a major cultural and religious observance for indigenous Borneo tribes that triggers heavy travel in the state.

Bakar said no deaths have so far been confirmed.

He said the boat was heading downstream and was believed to have struck a rock while navigating one of many sections of rapids on the 560-kilometre waterway.

The accident happened deep in the wild and sparsely populated interior of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states located on Borneo. Sarawak is Malaysia’s largest state by area but also one of its least developed.

Gawai is one of the most important festivals celebrated each year by Borneo’s dozens of indigenous tribes and other ethnic groups, with thousands travelling to meet family and friends for the festival.” –

South Africa: Fishing vessel lost in fog, 3 fishermen rescued in Hout Bay by NSRI – 250513 1130z

Fishing vessel lost in fog, 3 fishermen rescued in Hout Bay



The fishing boat is recovered at Hout Bay. Picture Lyall Pringle/NSRI

The fishing boat is recovered at Hout Bay. Picture Lyall Pringle/NSRI


At 17h03 on Friday the 24th of May Hout Bay volunteers were called out by the Transnet National Ports Authority to assist a small fishing boat, with 3 local Hout Bay fishermen onboard, lost in dense fog and believed to be in the vicinity of Cape Point.


Lyall Pringle, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said: Our duty crew launched NADINE GORDIMER and ALBIE MATTHEWS and a search commenced in dense fog for the boat. The three fishermen had only a vague idea of where they could be based on their estimated compass direction that they had travelled from Hout Bay and the length of time and speed that they had been underway.


The fishermen had run out of fuel and were adrift in 35 meters depth of water with only a 25 meter length anchor chain so the usual procedure of getting them to put to anchor and wait for the fog to lift was not an option.


Based on the information available we narrowed down the search area to between the shoreline and 3 nautical miles out to sea, between Kommetjie and Cape Point. While searching in this area we found the fishermen at approximately 22h00 just over 3 nautical miles off Soetwater (between Kommetjie and Cape Point). A tow-line was rigged and we towed them safely to Hout Bay harbour, arriving just after midnight.


NSRI are urging boaters to carry all safety equipment required including GPS (Global Positioning System) device and to check weather forecasts before launching particularly on the West Coast which sees dense fog conditions regularly during winter months.


The NSRI volunteers with the three fishermen. A small fishing boat, with 3 local Hout Bay fishermen onboard, were lost in dense fog and believed to be off Cape Point. They were rescued by Hout Bay NSRI. Picture Lyall Pringle/NSRI

The NSRI volunteers with the three fishermen and their family members who were waiting for them. Picture Lyall Pringle/NSRI


Nadine Gordimer off Hout Bay.

Nadine Gordimer off Hout Bay.


US: Caught on cam: New Mexico police officer and good samaritans lift suv off child – 180513 1200z - KABC Los Angeles News

A New Mexico state police officer and good Samaritans lifted an overturned SUV off a little girl, and it was all caught on dash-cam video.

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Officer Steve Nunez arrived at the scene of the accident last week he noticed an 8-year-old girl was trapped in the wreckage. Nunez says she was fading fast.

He and a bystander tried to jack up the vehicle, but that didn’t work, so he started calling out to anyone for manpower. One by one, good Samaritans came racing.

Slowly, the SUV started to rise all the way onto its side, and they pulled the little girl out to safety. She was rushed to a local hospital, and she is expected to make a full recovery.

Nunez says his own children served as an inspiration.

“It’s always hard to see anybody in that situation, but especially children, and dad mode kicked in,” Nunez said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.”

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