Galicia has the roughest coast of Spain due to all its capes, rias, ports and big and small islands, and it is also the autonomous region with the largest sandy area (700 km). Its geographical location makes its coast be the most affected by the strong Atlantic storms. This coast is 1,200 km long and it has 13,000 km of banks, rivers and reservoir. Figures are asthonising.
In the year 2010, Galician Maritime Rescue registered 637 actions in Galicia, in which a total number of 1,434 people became involved and 414 ships were assisted. 85% of these emergencies were met by the Coordination Centres of Finisterre and Vigo.
During the summer period of July-August 2011, the Galician Emergencies Agency (112) registered more than 3,600 incidents in beaches. In the Spanish coasts, about 300 people drowned every year. In countries such as England, drowning is the second cause of accidental death of people under 45 years old, and in the United States it represents the third cause of death. Any effort to reduce these figures justifies the means, and for this reason rescue is constantly evolving at all relevant levels.
PWC is not a replacement of the existing boats for emergencies, but it is a complement with high benefits to operate under extreme conditions in which boats can hardly operate. The following provides some of the advantages of the PWC against the traditional propeller boat:
- No risk of flooding
- No outboard engines: access to shallow areas
- Immediate acceleration response
- Stability (traction loss in propeller engines)
- Extreme maneuverability
- Water jet propulsion: no propeller risks
- Immediate grounding and evacuation in beaches
- Rigid and water-tight hull. It is a very solid craft
- Top speed: it improves the reaction time in an emergency
- Price, not only in acquisition but also in maintenance
These qualities make the PWC the most efficient water tool currently available (+info). Jet Rescate operates on a global level, since more than 10 years ago, forming Rescue Operators and creating a jointed network of logistics and highly prepared riders. The use of a PWC with a professional goal requires a strict and demanding formation: in an emergency, these watercrafts get places where other boats cannot even approach, but the rescue result does directly depend on the rider skills. Therefore, Jet Rescate has two priority objectives:
- Formation: teaching PWC Recue Operator courses, recognized and supported by Jet Rescate on a global level. Official academy in Spain: JetGalica
- Operating base: creating a permanent base with the equipment and the logistics required by a formed Rescue Operator to carry out any work. It includes a continuous training, and rescue PWCs, riders and operators availability. Jet Rescate is creating a global network of operating bases in each country, so anyone requiring its services will have a suitable equipment and high skilled riders. Jet Galicia is the official entity which support Jet Rescate in Spain (+info).