Nominations are now being sought for the 2017 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. Last year the recipient of this prestigious award was Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya for her role in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous seas.
The awards are for “individuals or groups who risk their own lives to perform acts of exceptional bravery in attempting to save life at sea, or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment”. Although the IMO's panel of judges gives special consideration to actions carried out by non-SAR professionals, SAR unit crews may also be nominated for outstanding responses.
The award is for actions performed during the period 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017 and nominations for the Award may be made by:
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All nominations must reach the IMO by no later than 14 April 2017.
More details can be found on the IMO website and also at http://www.international-maritime-rescue.org/events/europe/imo-award-for-exceptional-bravery-at-sea-calling-for-nominations-2017.