‘All search and rescue teams all over the world should have these FLIR-cameras’.
Everyone that has been at sea at night will agree that being able to see in the dark is a very important asset to any sailor, but for the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (NSSR) it quite literally makes the difference between life and death.
In the winter months the northern parts of Norway are enveloped in utter darkness for months at an end, which would seriously reduce the effectiveness of the NSSR crews in emergency situations. But now that FLIR cameras have been installed on their vessels the darkness no longer limits the NSSR crews, not even during that long winter night. “Each search and rescue society should equip their vessels with FLIR cameras”, claims Search and Rescue Inspector Ronny Pedersen. “I am absolutely certain that these cameras will save human lives. It's really just a matter of time.”
The NSSR was founded on july 9th, 1891, with a clearly defined goal: to save lives at sea. Since that day, the NSSR’s boats and crew have saved over 6,200 people from certain death and over 500,000 people have received assistance.