Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) brings the world's maritime SAR organisations together.


The IMRF is proud to launch its #SARyouOK? initiative in order to increase awareness and break down the stigma that is attached to mental health and wellbeing issues faced by those working in the maritime SAR sector.


Author: Tom Scott


The #SaferSAR initiative will look to enable global search and rescue (SAR) organisations to better collect, analyse and share maritime SAR incident response data in a bid to enhance future maritime SAR response operations.


Author: Jaakko Heikkila


The #FutureSAR initiative will identify the key challenges the global maritime SAR industry will face as a result of climate change and propose guidance and best practices to aid future rescue operations.


Author: Tom Scott

Our Impact


IMRF Members The IMRF has 127 Members from 53 countries (2023)


Crew Members Over 519 Crew Members have participated and trained in the European Lifeboat Crew Exchange since 2012


x personnel from 137 SAR organisations attended World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) in 2023

Upcoming events

  • Global Maritime SAR Forum

    The next meeting will take place on 6 March at 19:00 UTC on the subject: ‘Never Miss a Piece of Information - How a Maritime Automatic Speech Recognizer (Asr) Will Improve Our SAR Capabilities’, presented by Thomas Luebke, DGzRS, Germany Read more


    The IMRF is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our fourth Maritime Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) Subject-Matter Expert Course in June 2024. Read more

  • Women in SAR Training 2024

    We are excited to announce that we are organising our second international #WomeninSAR training in Finland, 23-25 August 2024. Registration is open now! Read more

  • Lifeboat Crew Exchange 2024

    After the success of nine previous years, the IMRF's Lifeboat Crew Exchange will return in 2024. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information about our next programme. Read more

  • Maritime SAR Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Seminar

    The IMRF is delighted to announce the inaugural maritime search and rescue (SAR) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Seminar, scheduled for 26 November 2024 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Read more

  • Annual Meeting - 100 years of excellence in SAR!

    We are thrilled to announce that the theme for the 2024 Annual Meeting is "Search and Rescue Everywhere and at All Times." This special event marks the IMRF Centenary and will be hosted by the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, Greece. Read more

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