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Vote Now: People's Choice H.E.R.O.

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has launched voting for the People's Choice Award in its H.E.R.O. Awards campaign.

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

To vote - just visit the Facebook page and 'like' the original 'story' of the finalist chosen.

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

The Finalists

Anton Tasanen, who jumped into the sea to rescue an unconscious man using the vessel mooring winch, breaking his ribs in the process.
Facebook post here.

Ray Burge, who was off duty but dived into strong currents and difficult seas to save a husband and wife while their frantic children watched.
Facebook post here.

The National Sea Rescue Institute WaterWise Academy, which has taught nearly 350,000 children about water safety to reduce the number of drowning tragedies.

MOAS, for their work over just one weekend saving the lives of 1,800 desperate people in inadequate boats, preventing mass drownings and taking them to safety.

The RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016, which trains the 'future leaders' of new and developing search and rescue organizations around the world.

The MAR-SimNET Project, which has for the very first time created comprehensive, 360° training for maritime disaster management for SAR operators and response teams.

Branko Ramesa, who has worked for 40 years with the Croatian Search and Rescue service, been involved in more than 200 SAR (search and rescue) actions, saving many, many lives.


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

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