Wet Life Saver

The rescue of shipwrecked – still an important topic of Wachtersbach (hop) – \”Wat mutt, dat mutt\”, the popular Jan Fedder brings the need to bail out people who are in distress on the North German crisp point. That was certainly not always the case. Severe storms, shoals and other adverse conditions have been from always the sailors to doom. The demise of Johanne in 1854 before Spiekeroog, which which killed 84 emigrants, was especially awful and was the beginning of a national rescue services, founded in 1865 as multiple distress rescue clubs in Bremen. Today there are around 60 stations on North – and Baltic Sea, Bremen is still the headquarters. This all Rettungkoordinationen take place. The first missions of the volunteers were still quite adventurous, cutting-edge technology is today used.

But anyone who thinks that doing so would the stakes of less risky mistaken. Even today, the crew of the rescue boat and Seenotrettungskreuzer risk their lives and their motto instead of speeches is: we’re going out, if others come in. Noteworthy here is that the \”German society for the rescue of shipwrecked\” (DGzRS) is financed exclusively through donations and receives taxpayers a penny. What happens to the donations, can be occupied on Heller and Pfennig, and truly see, approximately 180 permanent employees and 800 volunteers with approximately 62 vessels provide today for safety of man and ship at sea around the clock, 365 days in the year. All rescue operations are free of charge, only technical assistance is calculated. Rescue DGzRS earlier maritime safety guarantee the 8-meter rigid hull inflatable class with 2 to 4 man crew is down to the largest type, the Hermann Marwede with 8 man driving crew with 46 metres in length and 120 gross tons, stationed in Germany’s only offshore island of Helgoland. All ships are built in German shipyards, are completely made of aluminum due to the lower weight and better durability.