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.
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.