The year of nominations and awards
That day Dubrovnik County Center received a call of tourist in distress who was with four other kayakers trapped on the rocks of island Kalamota (Koločep) due to the stormy sea.The first to come to the scene were Emergensea operators who immediately started the rescue operation. After dragging out the first two kayakers from wavy sea reaching at moments 4-5m amplitudes, the team was exhausted and endangered to continue the salvage on their own so they called the Harbour Master Dubrovnik for help. Upon their arrival with the vessel Danče the operation continued in a way that other three kayakers were pulled out by the rope and lifebuoys. Due to the strong wind and waves breaking against the rocks it was an extremely tough operation to bring them all to safety without injury. Once it all finished, besides the obvious stress, an endless happiness and gratitude could be seen in the faces of the rescued tourists.
This awarded operation is one example of excellent cooperation between private initiative Emergensea and public services in protection and rescue. In recent years Emergensea is constantly on service to government agencies for search and rescue and the goal in the future is to bring this cooperation to a very high level of performance.
Beside the rescue operation in Koločep not less important to mention was the action of rescue of 12 members of the crew (of which 6 young children), whose boat was cought in severe storm and saved a few meters before it wracked on the shore of island Hvar. This heroic action was led by Emergensea base Makarska, skipper Stane Sumić who did not hesitate to go out on a rough sea on his own knowing that all police and capitanery boats were already engaged and he was the only hope for the endageroud crew. On SAR headquarters proposal this action was also nominated for the award "Plava vrpca Vjesnika 2015”