Search and rescue workshop has international focus

Expertise from across the world of search and rescue is being shared as part of a commitment to building capability for Overseas Territories in a workshop being held this week.

The workshop is being run by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) as part of its Overseas Territories Search and Rescue (OTSAR) project through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) which is funded by the UK Government.

It includes representatives from Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Phil Bostock and Rob Priestley, from HM Coastguard, the search and rescue arm of the MCA, who oversee the OTSAR project, are leading the event.

Phil said: ‘This is an important aspect of the project. In this room we have those who are responsible for search and rescue in various places across the region. We’re all here to learn and share our knowledge and experience to provide the best possible search and rescue services. People’s lives can depend on that.’