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Bristow receives SAR contract from Shell

22nd March 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Bristow has received a contract to provide medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services to Shell Offshore for deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the company announced on 17 March.

Under the contract, Shell will also become a member of the new SAR consortium formed by Bristow, which aims to provide SAR capability to members while reducing overall costs.

A Sikorsky S-92 and a Leonardo AW139 will be deployed for the service from Bristow's SAR facility at the South Lafourche Airport in Galliano, Louisiana. An advanced dispatch system staffed by registered EMTs will deliver pre-arrival medical instructions over the phone and prioritise and manage response efforts in the event that multiple, simultaneous call-outs are received.

Samantha Willenbacher, regional director, Bristow Americas, said: 'We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver the highest standard of rescue service and medical care in the Gulf of Mexico.

'With our rescue fleet, all parts of the Gulf of Mexico are within reach of this lifesaving service.'

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