The first day of the three day International Maritime Rescue Federation seminar and forum took place at the Cape Sun hotel in Cape Town today. Topics for presentation and discussion varied from the deployment of rescue services to deal with the Mediterranean refugee crisis to real time weather forecasting in New Zealand and a volunteer Sea Rescue model in Africa.The IMRF Trustees will be here for the next two days to discuss the African capacity for marine search and rescue.
IMRF CEO Bruce Reid welcomes delegates at the opening.
Jorge Diena presented on Volunteer SAR in South America
IMRF Chairman Captain Udo Fox talked about the refugee crisis and the SAR vessels based at Lesvos in Greece.
NSRI Operations Director Mark Hughes presents on the NSRI volunteer model.
Lifesaving South Africa's President Dylan Tommy talks about his organisation.
NSRI Operations manager Brett Ayres.