The IMRF have been approached by a number of rescue services in the Mediterranean, who are struggling to keep up with the replacement of equipment being used to rescue the flood of migrants into their waters.
To help coordinate this, we are relaunching the Members Assisting Members Website to help identify need and connect those who can help.
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In this edition we return to the ongoing crisis of migrant SAR.
The rescue of migrants and asylum-seekers at sea in unseaworthy vessels and dangerous conditions has become perhaps the greatest SAR challenge of our time.
As noted in our report on the recent IMRF Quadrennial General Meeting, we are now able to offer a new class of IMRF membership, that of ‘Individual Supporter’.
The IMRF has always been based on membership by organisations. But now anyone wanting to support global maritime search and rescue development, or the promotion of water safety, can join in.
The IMRF’s third World Maritime Rescue Congress was held in Bremerhaven, Germany, 1-3 June, hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger – the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS). The Congress coincided with the celebration of the DGzRS’ 150th Anniversary, and with the IMRF’s Quadrennial General Meeting.