Events which take place near, around or on water are often challenging and fun – but can post a significant risk to participants if organisers have not prepared for hazards and potential incidents.
We can provide water rescue services for events that take place on, around or near water. Our specialist rescue teams, and equipment allows us to provide services to a wide range of events from triathlons, festivals and water sports.
Water Event Health and Safety
The Purple Guide was written by the Events Industry Consortium – and brings together best practice in organising and managing public events. It lists what duty holders need to consider and implement to meet and fulfil their legal requirements from a licensing and health and safety perspective.
Events which are near, on or around water will often arrange for a water rescue team and boat, which is equipped and trained to be on standby and respond quickly to assist in the case of an emergency.
The National Water Safety Forum states that “drowning in the UK accounts for more accidental fatalities annually than fire deaths in the home or cycling deaths on the road”.
Events That May Require Water Rescue
Triathlons involve a swim leg in open water, which can pose a significant risk to participants through exhaustion, cramp, water temperature and or sudden onset of illness.
Open water swimmingevents
Open water swimming has recently become very popular and is attracting large numbers of participants of mixed capabilities and health. A safety boat and water rescue team can help monitor and assist swimmers if needed.
Family Fun days
Family Fun Days organised by local authorities, NGO’s and charities often take place in the summer, and can draw large crowds. If near a body of water – these types of events can lead to people entering the water to cool down and swim, and sadly all too often we see newspaper headlines relating to drowning accidents.
Water sports events
Water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing can be a high energy activity risking potential injury as a result. A water rescue team can provide assistance to operators and enable safe extraction to shore – if serious incidents occur.
Our Water Rescue Team’s Experience and Skills
Our water rescue teams are made up of highly trained ‘Swift Water Rescue Technicians (SRTs) who can operate on a boat with the boat operator or on land, in or at the water’s edge.
Our highly skilled DEFRA standard teams have training and ability around:
Pre-hospital care / First Response Emergency Care (FREC)
Safety is everything and the main tacit of these teams is to avoid going into water as much as practically possible using specialist equipment and tactics such as:
Harnesses utilising restraint
Dry suits, personal flotation devices (PFD’s) and helmets
Floating ropes for rigging
Pulleys and anchors
Upstream protection – spotter
Downstream protection – protection spanning the river
In some circumstances a power boat will be a key piece of equipment to your rescue arrangements and as such our craft meets the ‘Maritime and Coast Guard Agency Rescue Boat Code, the Code of Practice for open rescue boats of less than 15 metres in length’.
Highly agile, the boat and SRT’s can quickly respond to any emergency acting decisively in rescuing a person in need, extrication from the water to a place of safety.
The Swift Water Rescue Technicians are all trained to provide pre-hospital care up to and beyond basic first aid, which can include, but not limited to:
Haemorrhage control (basic bandaging, wound packing, haemostatics, and tourniquet)
Airway management (postural, adjuncts, such as nasal and oral, supraglottic airway)
Emergency Oxygen and associated equipment, such as bag valve mask
Trauma care (Fracture management, head injury, spinal injury)
Extremes of temperature (hypothermia or heat stroke)
As first responders this enables our safety boat team to provide an excellent initial response to emergencies that occur on or near water, enabling a rapid transfer to your onsite or public emergency services for hospital care.
Often your event will have land based medical provision with which MRS Training and Rescue will be more than capable of co-operating with when you need it the most.
Services provided by MRS Water Rescue Teams can include:
On the water safety cover for a range of activities, including regattas, races, and water-based events
Rescue services to individuals who may find themselves in difficulty while taking part in water-based activity
Pre-hospital care / First Response Emergency Care (FREC) to those who may require medical attention during an event
Assisting you managing the crowd at water-based events, ensuring spectators and participants stay safe and do not encroach on restricted areas
Growing Need for Water Rescue Services
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of open-water swimming events, triathlons, and other water-based activities, which has led to a corresponding increase in demand for water rescue and safety boat services.
To meet this demand, many safety boat companies are investing in the latest equipment and training of their team and working closely with event organisers to ensure they provide the best possible service. This has resulted in a significant improvement in the safety of events that take place in or around water, with fewer accidents and emergencies reported in recent years.
MRS Training and Rescue teams have additional training and experience in Work at Height and Rescue, High Risk Confined Space Rescue and Mines Rescue, often teaching courses on the topics they actively work in. This ensures these highly trained and experienced experts are well equipped to provide clients with the support they need to operate safely and effectively in and around water.
For over 120 years, MRS has provided its specialist skills, experience and knowledge to effect the rescue and escape of mine workers from underground. Read more about our historic heritage, and how it has impacted on our present and future, by clicking here
MRS and Elgin Marsh delivered a great and bespoke training course to our operatives on gas monitors. The training was informative, relevant to our work, and kept the team engaged. MRS went above and beyond by creating a bespoke training course for us, and managed to deliver training on our premises with a week's notice. Highly professional throughout, and I would highly recommend them.
10 days ago
Very informative course which was presented professionally.
10 days ago
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10 days ago
I have been attending MRS Mansfield for around 10 years for confined space training (high and medium risk)> The knowledge and professionalism of all the staff is second to none! I would not hesitate to recommend MRS Training and Rescue.
11 days ago
Really good first aid at work refresher course, never got boring good mixture of practical and theory and not just watching power points, more mannequins was better too, plus a couple of competitions made it interesting. Well presented by Phil too. Would recommend to any company. Plus always finished on time and did what it said refreshed everything and told us any changes in first aid since last refresher 👍
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