The author served the RNLI for 28 years the final 16 as PR Director giving him a great insight into maritime search and rescue. This book provides a unique account of the use of inflatable rescue boats in surf rescues in Australia, Great Britain and a growing number of countries. It also demonstrates the way in which rescue services around the world work together formally and informally in a common purpose. The traditional view of surf rescue is of the team on the beach manning a drum of rope attached to a belt that is taken out through the surf by a fit life guard to the person in need of rescue. Speed is vital and has led to stiff competition between teams of life guards in events such as the Ironman Series. When the use of inflatable rescue boats was first suggested there was more than a little resistance to a new idea to replace in part a very successful established rescue system. The author traces the story both of the inflatable boat and the part played in applying it to surf rescue.
Produced as a joint venture between the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Surf Life saving Australia, this book will appeal to all of those with an interest in surfing, but it is also an inspiring story that should appeal to a very wide readership with all proceeds from the sale of the book benefiting the two organizations in their voluntary life saving work. This is a great read, an international story benefiting vital work, so rush out and buy a copy NOW.