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Police search and rescue skills checked

Monday December 11, 2017 Written by Published in Local
A small contingent of police did search and rescue training around the ports area this week. 17120734 A small contingent of police did search and rescue training around the ports area this week. 17120734

The Cook Islands police have been put through their search and rescue paces this week, with training from the Rescue and Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ).

 

Wellington-based trainers Neville Blakemore and Mike Roberts completed a three-day programme with a contingent of police officers, improving their on-land and sea rescue capabilities.

Police have been hands-on around the ports area, as well as on the sea off Avarua, using high-tech directional finding equipment, and deploying hand-held and rocket-launched smoke-flares. The training was part of a land and sea workshop held with Pacific partners. 

A police spokesperson says the Cook Islands, along with other Pacific states, benefit from the expertise and advice of RCCNZ through coordinated training exercises and real-time emergency assistance.

This was highlighted by the recent rescue of a New Zealand yachtsman aboard the vessel Zangano that got into trouble 400 nautical miles from Rarotonga recently.

The spokesperson says the search and rescue training covers basic principles that can be adapted to any environment or situation.

The RCCNZ work alongside a wide range of agencies and groups, including Transport, Harbour-masters, Marine Resources, fishing operators, ports, shipping, airline companies, as well as police services.

In the future training may include live scenario exercises hosted by the Cook Islands.

The training provided by RCCNZ comes under the Pacific Search and Rescue group, which arranges Regional workshop gatherings every two years.

            - CT/Release

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