First ever course for specialist coastguard search advisers

Coastguards from across the UK have been on the very first course to build extra expertise in search and rescue incidents involving high risk missing people.

The Coastguard Search Adviser course, held at the Police National Search Centre at the College of Policing, was led by police and coastguards with students being taught how to put collaborative searching responses into action.

Nine coastguards from Her Majesty’s Coastguard took part in the five-day course.

Paul Duffy, who is the National Search Lead (Lost and Missing Persons Search – L&MPS) said: “We know that our emergency services work incredibly well together in very difficult conditions to respond to incidents where people have gone missing. Time is of the essence in these situations and everything we can do to improve the expertise of coastguards and bring emergency services to work together can increase the chance of finding missing people.”

The team that delivered the course

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