When operating a marine VHF a operators license is needed. The Buro of Telecommunication and Post St Maarten is the organization that issues these exams and licenses. An exam is schedule for March 14th 2014.
Please check out the link below for more information.
Philipsburg – January 27th 2014. Around 4.45 a call was received of a crashed airplane somewhere off the coast close to Guana Bay. Rescue 01 was quickly launched and with a crew of four left base around 5pm. Being the first on scene and only having location information from a witness (no coordinates) Rescue 01 commenced their search in the suspected area. Later joined by a helicopter but without success. The approximately 20 to 25 foot swell made searching difficult because the Rescue 01 is very low on the water. The ferry between St Barths and St Maarten, Voyager, was also in the area and we saw that they stopped. Rescue 01 quickly approached them and they had found the three survivors of which two were already in a very small dinghy. Rescue 01 picked up the third person and took over the other two to transport them to Bobby’s Marina where an ambulance was waiting. All passengers experienced some head trauma but seemed to me in good condition after a plane crash. The plane was not found. Other rescue organizations that joined were the French side SNSM and the Dutch side coastguard. On shore other Rescue volunteers kept busy coordinating the rescue mission. Rescue 01 with it’s crew of four and the three survivors arrived in Great Bay around 6.30pm.
Three very lucky survivors after their airplane crashed.
Below is also a link to the Daily Herald newspaper about the crash.
On Saturday December 7th a call was placed about a sailing boat in trouble some 20 miles west of Saba. Being that the Rescue 02 is currently not operational the French side rescue boat SNS129 took the call and went for the aid of this demasted sailing vessel. However some 5 minutes later a second call was placed regarding another sailing vessel with a broken mast some 18 miles west from Anguilla. Without Rescue 02 and the French already out on a rescue the Rescue 01 was launched to assist the sailors. Rescue 01 is an open RHIB and with the downpour and very bad weather the crew knew upfront that this would be a very wet and cold ride!
Rescue 01 left base at 12:10pm and had to fight a bad sea state to get to the vessel. This took about an hour and 30 minutes. Once arrived a rescue member went on board the demasted catamaran and assisted with the cutting of the mast and lines, not an easy job at full sea and waves estimated between 25 and 30 foot.
Eventually they were able to cut off the mast and the catamaran was able to head back to St Maarten on its own engines. The tired and soaking wet rescue crew was back at base around 5.30pm. There were no injuries. The French rescue was also back at their base around 6pm with the sailing vessel they assisted in tow.
This chart shows the two locations where the rescues took place.
The St Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation was mentioned during the kickoff sponsor party for the Heineken Regatta 2014.
Please see attached for the new opening schedule for the Simpson Bay Bridge (not the causeway). This schedule will be evaluated after three months.
Come out and support the St Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation and have fun doing it!
Want to meet the St Maarten Sea Rescue crew – get to know our vessels? Come to the open day at the Cruise Pier organized by the Coast Guard. Our members and boats will be on site together with the Poema, the Dutch navy and more!
Rescue 02 at the cruise pier – come and visit us today November 11th!
Talk to our members about becoming a volunteer or how you can help.
Opening is at 11am today!
See you there.
St Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation members receive training in many different fields needed to be able to operate safely. Navigation is an important training that is given in house. And no, not all navigation is done using a fancy chart plotter or GPS – using a sea chart, parallel ruler and divider teaches us how to plot our course, estimate time of arrival and much more!
On November 16th 2013 Karakter Beach Bar and Restaurant organizes their Summer Olympics. Proceeds will be used to support the St Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/546608062076451/?ref=5 to enroll your team!
A fun day on the beach while supporting our cause – sounds like a perfect plan!
Sunday October 20th 2013 – around 11:45am a call was received about a dive charter boat with 10 persons on board experiencing mechanical problems on Proselyte reef. Rescue 01 responded and quickly found the vessel on anchor waiting to for help. The French site registered vessel was towed through the Simpson Bay bridge into the lagoon where it would be picked up by the dive company. Rescue thanks the Simpson Bay bridge operator for his quick response opening the draw bridge. The voluntary rescue crew was back at base around 1:45pm. Crew: Frans Nieuwenhoven, Christopher Tipping and Serge Bakker.