As representatives at the international level of the world's maritime search and rescue (SAR) organisations, the IMRF wishes to express our sincerest sympathy to all those affected by the terrible accident to the Sewol, especially the families and friends of those who have died or who are still missing.

Mass rescue operations are mercifully rare, but are always a major challenge, because of the numbers of people who need to be saved. They require extraordinary efforts by the SAR authorities and their partner organisations, at sea and ashore.


IMRF Member (SNSM) in Partnership with Airbus

The Airbus Helicopters Corporate Foundation has signed an agreement with the French sea rescue organization, and IMRF Members, SNSM (Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer) to provide training and equipment that will enable the SNSM's volunteer lifesavers to assist during helicopter rescue missions.



Since March 8th the world has watched the huge air and sea search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, MH370.

As this strange story unfolded, vast search areas were calculated and the ships and aircraft and satellites of dozens of countries became involved. Colossal areas of the Earth's surface came under scrutiny; immense efforts were made by SAR organisations and their partners; ground-breaking data analysis took place.


Regional Workshop On Torremolinos Protocol

Approaching the entry into force of the Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is pushing ahead and implementing a policy of raising awareness and encouraging countries to ratify this important Convention.




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