Lerwick Coxswain to Take Part in Maritime Rescue Exchange in Oslo

Lifeboats News Release

Lerwick Lifeboat Coxswain, Darren Harcus, will be taking part in a lifeboat crew exchange in Oslo next week, organised through the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF).

Credit: RS

The RS 162 'Klaveness Marine' lifeboat, based at Oscarsborg lifeboat station, on Oslofjord.
The week-long programme of activities will be hosted by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, or Redningsselskapet in Norwegian, commonly shortened to “RS” – a Norwegian charity, equivalent to the RNLI.

Darren is the only UK representative taking part in this exchange and will spend the week with six other individuals involved in search and rescue at sea, from Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Holland and Sweden.

The programme of activities includes visits to RS rescue stations and familiarisation with RS lifeboats and other rescue craft. The week also includes sea survival training in a pool, helicopter operations, and time on a training simulator for high-speed craft. The representatives will undertake joint search and rescue exercises throughout the week, and each deliver presentations on search and rescue operations in their home countries.

Deputy 2nd Coxswain Tommy Goudie will over the Coxswain’s duties in Darren’s absence.

Darren Harcus, Coxswain of Lerwick Lifeboat said –“I’m looking forward to finding out more about the work of the RS in Norway, a charity with similar aims to the RNLI, and to learn about their rescue operations. It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge with Norwegian colleagues alongside other representatives who work in sea search and rescue across Europe.”


The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF),in association with various IMRF Members, organises a yearly Exchange Programme for lifeboat crew from several European maritime sea rescue institutes, to share knowledge and to learn from each other.

The Redningsselskapet, the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, is a nationwide humanitarian association whose purpose is to save lives, salvage assets and protect the coastal environment of Norwegian waters, as well as undertaking outreach and accident prevention initiatives to improve the safety of those at sea in Norway and abroad. www.redningsselskapet.no/english/

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Bob Kerr, Lifeboat Press Officer, (07787) 131343, lerwick@rnli.org.uk
Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland,
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Henry Weaver, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland,
01738 642986, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk
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