TOP OF THEIR GAME
18 April 2018
…is where seafarers must be in an emergency. Here, for our film on Trinity House, we’re being shown the survival training to give seafarers their best chance of surviving disaster at sea. We’re at (fortunately not in) the training pool at the Maritime Skills Academy in Dover – being shown how you right a life raft that has, in the way of these things, flipped over when inflating. It’s pull and push, as the raft will come over on you as you pull it right way up – so you push your arms up at the last moment to protect yourself. Other tips include: take seasickness pills early, don’t move from your sinking location so you can be found, and don’t touch a helicopter winchman’s line as he comes to rescue you – because you’ll get one hell of a static electricity shock!
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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