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

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. At this moment in time
I am an active safety/rescue boat coxswain/crew, rescue
swimmer, beach lifeguard, freediving safety diver and
medical first responder.

Since the summer of 2015 I have worked rigorously as a
rescue swimmer and medic 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
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

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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