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Reducing Risk For Anyone Working On Or Near To Water

John Haynes AFNI FRINA - Workshop Lead / Managing Director, Shock Mitigation

John is an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute, Fellow of RINA, Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject matter expertise includes 30 years professional sector training, consultancy and strategic product development. He has worked with over 100 organisations including military, SAR, police, commercial operators, designers, OEM equipment manufacturers and boat…


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How All Sectors Can Learn from Man Overboard Incidents

Captain Andrew Moll - Deputy Chief Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1978. He served in HMS COVENTRY during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. His career was largely sea-going, spent in destroyers and aircraft carriers. His commands included: the fast patrol boat SNV AL FULK, while on loan to the Omani Navy during the later stages of the Iran-Iraq war; the Type 42 destroyer, HMS YORK, in the Gulf on counter-narcotics operations; the Type 22 frigate, HMS CHATHAM, leading NATO’s squadron in the Mediterranean and patrolling the Baltic. After 27 years…


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How A Man Overboard Can Improve Their Chances of Rescue

Karen Bosman - Maritime Operations Specialist, HM Coastguard

Karen is a Maritime Operations Specialist (MOS) based at the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Fareham. She has been a Coastguard for 10 years, having joined as a Direct Entry Watch Officer in Solent Coastguard. She eventually worked her way up to Watch Manager before Solent closed, and she moved to the NMOC as a Coastguard Technical Trainer specialising in Search Planning and SAR Mission Coordination. Prior to joining the Coastguard, Karen was a sailing instructor, working for British Offshore Sailing School. She also has extensive sailing experience, the highlight of which…


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Solo RIB Driver becomes a Man Overboard - 18 Miles Offshore in the Irish Sea

Andy Proudfoot – RIB Operator, Round Ireland Challenge

Andy Proudfoot describes himself as a boating ‘Fan’. When not producing live music events around the globe, power boating is his escape, and specifically RHIBs and Inflatables.Based in the north east of England, he has always been keen on big adventures in small boats, whether in the Western Isles of Scotland, Ireland, the coast of California, or the San Juan Islands in the Pacific North West. He was a participant in the 2013 Round Ireland RIB Challenge. When not working or on the water, he writes articles for Powerboat and…


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Lifejackets Are Part Of An Integrated Life Saving Solution

Alistair Hackett - General Manager, Ocean Safety

Alistair spent 16 years as Logistics Director at The Challenge Business and was involved in the support of all 51 of the Global Challenge circumnavigations including that of Dee Caffari in 2005/6. Joined Ocean Safety in Southampton as General Manager in 2006 and within that role has also managed the supply of all the safety equipment and safety training for the last 3 Volvo Ocean Races. Alistair is a member of the RORC Special Regulations Committee and also the RYA Technical Committee. Ocean Safety are the UK’s leading independent supplier of…


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Developing High Performance Safety Helmets for use in Marine Environments

Colin Holmes – Director, Future Safety

Colin has been in the PPE (personal protective equipment) industry for 30 years. He started at Hellberg Protection in 1988 designing, developing and manufacturing hearing protection. After a short time at Protector safety, he jointly formed Future Safety in 1992 to design, develop and manufacturer specialist PPE. For the last 15 years, he has specialised in head protection. Projects involve designing and manufacturing specialist high performance helmets to address risks of injury to the head, while meeting the operational requirements of the end-user in a broad range of professional sectors for land,…


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Low Resource Rescue and Rapid MOB Recovery for Fishing Vessels and Workboats

Frankie Horne - Fishing Safety Manager, RNLI

Frankie has been a commercial fishermen for 38 years. Experience ranges from Deckie to Skipper / Owner. Main fishing activities Dredging / Trawling / Potting. Mainly working in fishing vessels under 16.5 metre. He was board member and Chairman of Isle Of Man Fish Producers Organisation from 2005 to 2015. He has been a member of the RNLI volunteer crew at Peel, Isle Of Man for 27 years - now Coxswain. Frankie's role for the RNLI in fishing safety is to reduce the amount of fatalities and injuries in the…


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Specialist Poles and Attachments for MOB Search and Rescue

Jo Taylor - Director, Reach & Rescue

Jo is business owner and International Sales Director of Reach and Rescue. During her 8 year tenure, Jo has managed to build a business internationally, oversee operations and strategic planning that has resulted in a 400% increase in turnover and 600% increase in profitability . Before this role, Jo was a Personal Assistant to CEO of a FTE250 company in the Construction Industry and was a key player in the growth of the business via acquisition and trading. Jo holds a degree in business management gained in 1999.…


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Rapid Deployment Horizontal Lifting System for Man Overboard Retrieval

Garth Matthews - Managing Director, Jason's Cradle

Garth first worked for Jason’s Cradle in his school holidays in the 1980's. He came back into the family business in 2010 following a career in manufacturing quality assurance. Firstly covering technical sales and eventually taking responsibility for all matters technical, including production. He became Managing Director in 2015. Soon afterwards the business moved into bespoke premises in Church Crookham. Recent projects include supplying large Jason’s Cradle Scramble Nets to military and offshore clients as well as fitting out the French Navy with bespoke kits for their FRB’s. He has worked…


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7 Ways To Die In Cold Water (Crucial factors that can help survival)

Paul Savage OBE - Maritime Medical Solutions Consultant, Saviour Medical

Paul walked into a Lifeboat station on his 17th birthday and never left, initially volunteering at Poole and now at Tower Lifeboat in London. With his interest in remote and maritime paramedical medicine he joined the RNLI full time in 2005 as the Clinical Operations Manager. He was responsible for the operational medical response of all of the UK and Eire’s Lifeboat crew, Lifeguards and Flood Response teams, as well as the architect and custodian of the Clinical Governance of the RNLI. He advised…


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SEABOB RESCUE – The Lightweight and Portable Lifesavers Watercraft

Ben Metcalfe - Chief Executive, Landau UK

Ben is Founder and Managing Director of Landau UK; the leading commercial, leisure and trade marine retro-fit specialists. He continues to expand the business from an initial one-man band into a full service 24-strong team. He is a dedicated member of the National Boat Shows Board and Chairman of British Marine South, which provides support to over 300 Marine Businesses on the South Coast. Ben’s passion and commitment within the maritime industry has been the main influencer of Landau’s growth in the leisure, trade and commercial marine market which has grown…


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How Drones Can Be Used For Man Overboard Search & Rescue

Peter King - Technical Director, Total UAV

Peter has worked in the computer and electronics industries as a self employed consultant for over 28 years. He has been developing drone systems for the past 6 years. Drone projects have progressed from basic hobby grade toys to business grade aerial photography platforms. The next stage has been developing fully autonomous aerial systems for industrial and military services. Over the past 3 years this has evolved into developing a search and rescue drone system which was demonstrated as proof of concept with lifeboat trials at sea in 2017. Peter now runs Total UAV Ltd,…


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