University of Portsmouth professor’s lifesaving award for preventing drowning

A PROFESSOR from the city’s university has received a prestigious award for his lifesaving research to prevent drowning.

By Neil Fatkin
Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:39 pm
Professor Mike Tipton has been recognised for his lifesaving work into preventing drowning.
Professor Mike Tipton has been recognised for his lifesaving work into preventing drowning.

Extreme environment expert Mike Tipton was given the Lifetime Achievement award at the Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards for Flood and Swiftwater Rescue.

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Professor Tipton, a human and applied physiologist at the University of Portsmouth, was nominated by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in recognition of his work in the local community supporting search and rescue strategies.

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Professor Tipton leads the university's Extreme Environments Laboratory to provide advice on human responses to hot and cold air, cold water and altitude and how to prepare for each condition. He is also a member of the RNLI Council where he provides expert advise on ‘prevention, rescue and treatment of immersion casualties’.

After receiving the US based award Professor Tipton said: ‘I’m honoured to receive this. It’s satisfying to have been nominated by those at the sharp end of search and rescue and great to be recognised by an international award.’

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