The new Solent Marine Rescue Academy is a joint venture between Fire Aid and MRS Training and Rescue (formerly known as the Mines Rescue Service). The official opening of the facility was carried out by Mr Steve Clinch, Head of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, who cut the tape after making a welcoming speech.

He said:

“I’m honoured to be able to unveil this fantastic training facility that will hopefully save lives. To be able to put these two organisations together to help provide something like this is a brilliant achievement. We need to lower the totally unacceptable figure of people injured at sea with 184 deaths in the last 20 years. I believe that this is the first training academy of this sort in the UK.”

Guests were then shown the methods of carrying out rescues in confined spaces by MRS Training and Rescue instructors who used the latest techniques to bring injured people to the surface.

The bespoke below deck training area has been designed to thoroughly teach and test students in a realistic enclosed environment that imitates the conditions found in most types of ship.