Local Heroes: Raymarine Ambassador Helps with Sea Rescue
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
At FLIR, we take pride in designing products that are the
best-in-class and also play a critical role in saving lives. While our friends
and family in the military, law enforcement and fire service complete heroic
acts regularly, sometimes everyday people are the heroes.
As part of our Local Heroes series, this month we’d like to
recognize Tom Peterson, a long time FLIR Maritime customer and Raymarine Pro-Ambassador, whose
bring two people, and their dog, to safety while on the water near Malibu,
On May 17th, two passengers put out a distress call before
their boat was rapidly consumed by flames, forcing them, and their dog, into
the frigid water. Tom Petersen with his
boat, Valkyrie was cruising offshore
headed for Newport Beach when he heard the distress call over his Ray70 VHF radio. Using his Raymarine gS195 Multifunction
Display (MFD), powered by LightHouse II, Tom
was able to pinpoint the burning boat’s location and was first on the scene.
Both technologies were critical in his being able to receive the distress call
and quickly calculate their position.
Tom hoisted the passengers and dog onto his boat where he
kept them safe and warm until first responders arrived. His Raymarine radio and
MFD were also instrumental in coordinating the arrival of the local fireboat
and US Coast Guard by providing accurate waypoints to their vessels in the
We are proud to see that our technology aided Tom in this rescue
and all were brought to safety.
To learn more about Raymarine electronics, visit www.raymarine.com.