JOBS AT MSC: Surface Rescue Swimmers

The following blog post was written by MSC’s dedicated human resources staff, and is part of a series focused on jobs at MSC – recruiting and retaining our talented workforce. Stay tuned for more and be sure to share your feedback and ideas in the comments section.

Shipboard safety is key. There are many factors that even with the best safety measures you can’t predict. That is why MSC has a Surface Rescue (SRS) Team. Our SRS team trains with the Navy Search and Rescue divers and is prepared to handle any situation that may arise.

Serving as one of our surface rescue swimmers is a collateral duty – which means you have a primary position of responsibility but you are also on call as a SRS and are required to be physically and mentally prepared to embrace the SRS program challenges. 

Mr. Andreas Sutton has been a surface rescue swimmer with MSC since October 2002. He was hired as an Ordinary Seaman in May 2002 and because of his comfort with the water he applied for the SRS program. He successfully passed and has maintained his certification as an SRS for the last 10 years. Now sailing with MSC as a Ship’s Boatswain, he recalls one of the most rewarding moments in his tenure.

“When on the USNS Spica, during a nighttime replenishment with the USS Truman, one of the helicopters went down and needed support.”

In his role on the flight deck, Sutton immediately went into action. His training and experience paid off, because they were able to rescue the two pilots, one of whom had many injuries. There has only been one other real rescue Sutton has participated in, but being ready and able is always top of mind for him.

Third Assistant Engineer Anetsis Psaltidis is also a SRS team member. Joining the team in November 2010, he enjoys the challenge and rewards of this program especially those that provide financial gain for staying in top shape.

“While underway as an SRS I have to keep up with being physically and mentally ready for an emergency. That includes working out daily and taking time to ensure that my personal SRS gear and the ships SRS equipment are in proper condition. If you are comfortable in the water and a good swimmer, this is a real opportunity for you to not only help individuals who are in distress, but to also earn additional income for staying in shape. It is challenging but worth it.”

If you are a current CIVMAR and interested in applying for the SRS program, please speak with your detailer or call the CIVMAR Support Center. For additional information on the SRS program please contact robg@sealiftcommand.com or call 1-866-562-7672.

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