7-JUL-13, ACAPULCO: International Rescue Group announces the establishment of a base for the North America Pacific Station, having taken a permanent mooring with scout sailing vessel Thunderbird 1, this year to be followed by purpose-designed Thunderbird 2 which has a 10 ton cargo hold and will be equipped with a 1,000 gallon per day watermaker. Local staff have been engaged to provide shore support for Thunderbird 1's mooring in Puerto Marques, a small bay just south of Acapulco and near the airport.
Captain Ray Thackeray reported that negotiations are commencing with local medical professionals in order to gain rapid response in the area. Dr. Peter Perez, Medical Advisor for IRG is also a fluent Spanish speaker and welcomes this development.
"We now have a working formula to place boats and other assets around the world in key disaster-prone spots and in operational readiness, using local shore-based volunteers and staff to provide regional help to inbound IRG crews, medical professionals and other volunteers" said Captain Thackeray, Executive Director of International Rescue Group. "The plan is now to expand our acceptance of donated yachts, refit and place them in service with volunteer crews and locate the vessels where they are needed and can provide ongoing humanitarian aid while on disaster standby".