This new 110 XPF stamp issue, designed by Claude Andreotto, celebrates the 10th anniversary of New Caledonia's Marine Rescue Service and the dedicated men and women volunteer members of the Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM) who set out, every day and in all weather conditions, to protect and save lives on the water.
The SNSM, a non-profit public interest organisation, has been the face of sea rescue in France since 1967. The first New Caledonian SMSM station opened in Noumea in 2004 and there are now 4 stations dotted around the island group: in Noumea, Koumac, Wé (Lifou) and Thio. With a 70 strong team of committed rescue volunteers and a range of sea rescue equipment and lifeboats, SNSM operations now cover all NC coastal waters.
New Caledonia's marine rescue volunteers are all maritime professionals who have completed specific training in such areas as first aid, fire safety, towing and rescue manoeuvres. They are on standby 24 hours a day and ready to set out within 15 minutes of an alert being triggered by the Noumea Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC).
In addition to their primary mission of assisting and rescuing those in peril at sea, SNSM volunteer members also undertake prevention initiatives to promote safety at sea. The work of the volunteers is largely financed by your donations, so they rely on your support. Make a donation today!
For further information on the New Caledonia Marine Rescue Delegation, call 79 61 01 or visit the SNSM website at: http://nouvelle-caledonie.snsm.org/