Search and rescue training saves two lives in Aruba and Turks and Caicos Islands

Jun 21, 2012

Aruba's SAR team planning the search. Photo: Mas Noticia

Reports from Aruba and Turks and Caicos Islands have demonstrated the tangible application of the search and rescue (SAR) training received through the Regional Risk Reduction Initiative (R3I).

On 9 June, Aruba’s Mas Noticia reported the successful search for a 50-year old man who had been missing in the area of Sero Pita.

Last week, UNDP also received reports that a effective rope rescue was performed for a man who had fallen into “The Hole” on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. The Hole is a limestone swimming hole 40 feet wide by 80 feet deep, which is a known adventure attraction in TCI.

Both these activities were accomplished by the multi-agency light urban SAR teams that were trained and equipped over the last few months under the R3I. 

The team of instructors from Caribbean Emergency Response Training Academy (CERTA) expressed their excitement on learning of the teams’ successful deployments. In addition to Aruba and TCI, they have also trained a team from Curacao, and training is planned for SAR teams from Cayman Islands and Bonaire.

The R3I Project Team at UNDP also conveyed that these types of results are exactly what the work of UNDP, and R3I specifically, are striving to accomplish – results that touch real people and make a real difference.

Contact information

Aniya Emtage. communicatoins.bb@undp.org. Phone: 1 (246) 467 6007

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