NEWPORT -- Yacht skippers and crew will gather at the Newport Shipyard on Thursday, May 31, from 1:30 – 5:15 p.m. for an “Offshore Search & Safety Seminar” as part of a commitment to help yacht owners and enthusiasts take proactive steps to maximize safety and prevent avoidable losses.
As part of the afternoon even, the U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a life at-sea emergency evacuation demonstration using its MH-60T helicopter. The Coast Guard will also introduce and field questions about Rescue 21, a new communications system that will allow responders to quickly locate mariners in distress in the course of a search and rescue mission.
The schedule is as follows:
- 1:30 – 2:50 p.m.: LT. Bryan Swintek, U.S. Coast Guard – Helicopter rescues at sea
- 3 – 3:30 p.m.: Teresa O’Conner, Life Raft & Safety Equipment – New technology in man-overboard / search and rescue equipment
- 3:30 – 3:50 p.m.: Carl Lessard, Yacht Loss Prevention Specialist will provide an overview of the Cospas/Sarsat System, an international effort to provide worldwide satellite search and rescue coverage
- 4 – 4:30 p.m.: Brian Kane, Technology update and global security and tracking systems
- 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.: Jerry Kirby, the veteran America’s Cup Sailor, Volvo Pro and Yachting Commentator who has had his own share of experience with emergency situation, most recently with the Rambler incident during the 2011 Fastnet Race.