London, Wednesday, 16 November 2016. Stories of dedication, selflessness, innovation, courage and bravery dominated the events held in Washington D.C., USA and Lisbon, Portugal yesterday when the winners of the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s (IMRF) H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards were announced.
The H.E.R.O. Awards have been developed in cooperation with IMRF partner McMurdo, www.mcmurdogroup.com, a global leader of emergency readiness and response solutions, and draw attention to the life-saving work done in Search and Rescue (SAR) across the world.
The categories for the awards include team, individual, innovation and technology and the first H.E.R.O. Award for outstanding service to maritime search and rescue – ‘The Vladimir Maksimov Award’, sponsored by Inmarsat – a tribute to the Inmarsat former Director of SOLAS Services, who died earlier this year. In recognition of his considerable contribution to search and rescue, Vladimir also posthumously received a lifetime achievement award.