Bristow forms new SAR consortium for Gulf of Mexico

Bristow U.S. LLC announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search-and-rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico.

As part of the contract, Shell will also join the new SAR consortium formed by Bristow, which aims to provide unrivaled service and lifesaving capability to members while simultaneously reducing overall costs associated with SAR. Bristow Photo
As part of the contract, Shell will also join the new SAR consortium formed by Bristow, which aims to provide unrivaled service and lifesaving capability to members while simultaneously reducing overall costs associated with SAR. Bristow Photo
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“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,” said Bristow Americas regional director Samantha Willenbacher. “With our rescue fleet, all parts of the Gulf of Mexico are within reach of this lifesaving service.”

As part of the contract, Shell will also join the new SAR consortium formed by Bristow, which aims to provide unrivaled service and lifesaving capability to members while simultaneously reducing overall costs associated with SAR.

Bristow will deploy a dedicated state of the art Sikorsky S-92 and a Leonardo AW139 to provide SAR response services. An advanced dispatch system staffed by registered EMTs will provide pre-arrival medical instructions over the phone and efficiently prioritize and manage response efforts in the event that multiple, simultaneous call-outs are received.

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Bristow will operate the new service from its standalone SAR facility at the South Lafourche Airport in Galliano, Louisiana.

Quick facts:

• Since 1971, Bristow has flown more than 65,000 SAR operational hours and conducted more than 20,100 SAR missions, during which more than 10,700 people have been rescued by our crews and helicopters worldwide;

• Under the terms of the new contract, Bristow will provide full medevac and SAR coverage to Shell for deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico;

• Bristow’s Sikorsky S-92 dedicated to this service is the only all-weather heavy SAR aircraft capable of reaching ultra-deep water rigs and installations in the Gulf of Mexico;

• The Sikorsky S-92 is designed to respond quickly in the event of multiple-casualty situations; and

• Bristow’s state-of-the-art emergency dispatch system employs nationally registered EMTs and certified with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

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