Since childhood, I have been interested in Search and Rescue. I knew what I wanted to do: train, develop, volunteer and get
involved in Search and Rescue. For many years, I have always wanted to be part of the great evolutionary process.

In 2004
, I began training my first Rescue Search dog: a black Labrador named Karmen, with Redningshund in Denmark. It was
a long process but I eventually qualified as Search and Rescue Dog handler in 2009. Three years later, after Karmen passed
away, I began training my second dog: a brown Labrador named Molly Brown.

I spend a considerable amount of time training and developing my Search and Rescue knowledge and experience to the fullest,
harnessing my motivation and passion, by regularly undertaking courses across a multitude of disciplines with many Search
and Rescue units both nationally and internationally.

Since the summer of 2015 I have worked rigorously as a rescue swimmer and m
edical first responder tending to an abundance
of minor and major
first aid incidents as well as saving the lives of many swimmers in distress. I was first on scene in the
recovery of a deceased elderly male from rough seas and involved in the successful resuscitation of a Turkish male who
drowned.  In addition, I also teach coasteering skills & rescue two times a year in addition to guiding clients on a unique
coasteering experience.
See some of the videos here >>

I spent 1 month on a voluntary rescue mission on board the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Topaz Responder in
the Eastern Aegean as one of two rescue swimmers operating from high-speed rescue crafts (FRDC), named in the memory of
Aylan and Galip Kurdi, Syrian children who perished in September 2015 off the coast of Turkey.

I was involved in several dynamic, emotional and intense rescues, which were filmed and shown on major news channels
around the world.

Read more on my personal blog.
Read more in The Guardian.
Read about the people smuggler I rescued from the water.

See news footage: Sky News version
here. On BBC News here. AFP here.
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