Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Boat Project was conceived and developed as a result of a project that began in Japan’s tsunami-affected region on the North-Eastern Coast. In 2014, Robin Jenkins, founder of Atlantic Pacific, was invited by the cultural organisation Future Labo Tohoku to visit the city of Kamaishi, the first location hit by the Great Eastern Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.
Speaking about the trip, Jenkins explained:
“During this stay I heard a story that left a lasting impression. On the evening after the tsunami had passed, the survivors went to look to find others. What they witnessed is beyond most people’s comprehension. During the search, they could hear the sounds of those who had been washed out to sea, screaming and crying from amongst the freezing cold debris. Knowing there was nothing they could do for them, the rescuers remained on the beach listening to the cries fade as they perished.”
Listening to these stories, Jenkins, who is also a volunteer with the RNLI on the River Thames, considered that if Japan had had a service such as the RNLI, hundreds of lives could have been saved that night:
“This story unsettled me so much that I began to wonder how to stop it from ever happening again. Unfortunately there is no magic solution. However, taking my spatial design knowledge, experience as an RNLI lifeboat volunteer and time at the United World College of the Atlantic, I could imagine one way of helping.”
From this initiative, Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Boat Project was established.