Yachting & Boating World: Coastguard Simon Bale was awarded qith a Royal Humane Society award for his life saving efforts after performing successful CPR on a baby boy and saving the life of six-month-old Sam Cooper-Stevens.
On 27 January 2013, Simon and the Watchet Coastguard were called to the scene where a strong gust of wind had blown a baby’s pram into the water at Watchet Harbour.
Luckily former Coastguard George Reeder was nearby and jumped in, rescuing the baby.
It then became apparent Sam needed urgent medical attention, so Mr Bale performed CPR until the ambulance arrived. Sam has since fully recovered.
The award was presented by the High Sheriff of Somerset Richard Lloyd and acknowledges acts of bravery in the saving of human life and for effecting successful resuscitations
On receiving the award Mr Bale said: “I would first of all like to praise the actions of all those involved in this rescue, including George who selflessly jumped in the water to get the baby boy, Tania who started CPR, the rest of the Watchet Coastguard Rescue Team and the attending fire and rescue officers from Williton who were all doing their part at the scene.”
“I’m honoured to be given this award and I accept it on behalf of all of those involved from the local community who worked together to help baby Sam. I’m so pleased that this rescue had a happy ending.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Phil Popham has taken over as Sunseeker CEO, joining the Poole boatbuilder from Jaguar Land Rover.
Sunseeker has announced that former Land Rover managing director Phil Popham (pictured above) will be taking over as the company’s new chief executive officer.
The appointment takes effect on 1 January and sees Phil take over from founder Robert Braithwaite CBE, who has been acting president since the previous Sunseeker CEO Stewart MacIntyre stood down in July.
Phil spent 25 years at Jaguar Land Rover and held numerous titles including group marketing director, group sales director and managing director of Land Rover.
Upon accepting the role he said: “I am delighted to be joining Sunseeker, a famous British luxury brand that I have always admired. It is an incredibly exciting opportunity to lead a company that produces the world’s best luxury performance motor yachts.”
“Tremendous opportunities exist to grow this industry leading, world-renowned brand and I look forward to working with the Sunseeker team to do exactly that.”
While Robert Braithwaite paid tribute to the new man’s credentials, saying: “We are very pleased to welcome him to the team as we develop the next generation of models and continue to strengthen the iconic Sunseeker brand around the world.”
Phil will certainly be in for a busy first few weeks as Sunseeker CEO, with the company due to launch the new Predator 57 motor yacht at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show (9-18 January).
Motorboat & Yachting: Widespread use of Green Diesel by leisure boaters in Ireland has led to a European Court of Justice summons. The Irish government is being taken to court by the European Commission (EC) over the use of Green Diesel by leisure boat owners.
Green Diesel is a form of marked fuel, similar to Red Diesel in the UK, which benefits from a reduced tax rate. It is meant to be used by working fishing boats only, but as many leisure boaters in Ireland use Green Diesel as they rely on the fishing community’s refuelling points.
In theory, leisure boat owners are meant to file a tax return at the end of the year and pay the difference to the government. However, the EC has said that the low number of tax returns filed show that this is not happening in many cases.
In a statement, the EC warned of the consequences: “Private leisure boats cannot only use fuel intended for fishing vessels but also risk heavy penalties if they travel to another Member State and the boat is inspected by the local authorities.”
The European body warned the Irish government to close this loophole in a memo published in April, but a lack of response has led to legal action.
Harry Hermon, chief executive of the Irish Sailing Association, said that setting up separate fuelling points for leisure boaters is not a feasible option:
“It will be an enormous and costly task to create a network of ‘white’ diesel suppliers exclusively for leisure craft. The cost involved and the return would not be viable for suppliers.”
He added that any ban on Green Diesel would result in boat owners using their cars to carry jerry cans of fuel from petrol stations to their marina, a practice which is both dangerous and illegal.
In response to the possibility of prosecution overseas, Mr Hermon added: “The Irish Sailing Association has received no reports from any boats travelling abroad having difficulties as a result of the green diesel in their tanks.”
This news follows a similar development in the UK, which saw the EC challenge the British government over Red Diesel earlier this year.