Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

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


Welcome to WMRC 2019 from Kitack Lim, Secretary General of The International Maritime Organization - 17 June 2019 #WomenInSAR


Author: Wendy Webster

Global SAR Information

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) supports and facilitates global SAR development.


Author: Wendy Webster

Sharing SAR Information

One of the IMRF’s core functions is to share information of use to the global SAR community.


Author: Wendy Webster

Our Impact


Crew Members Over 519 Crew Members have participated and Trained in the European Crew Exchange from 2012 to 2019


x 100 - Visits The MRO Website, including the MRO Resources Library, had in total 29514 visits in the whole of 2018


IMRF Members The IMRF has 113 Members from 54 countries (2018)

Upcoming events

  • European Lifeboat Crew Exchange - 19-26 September 2020

    The European Lifeboat Crew Exchange was initiated in 2012 to bring together volunteers from European lifeboat organisations to train together, hosted by the participating groups, and it continues to be a success and grow. Read more

  • IMRF Awards 2020

    The IMRF Awards 2020 Ceremony will be held at the HQS Wellington - Victoria Embankment, London, WC2 on the 7th October 2020. Read more

  • The European Regional Development Meeting: 14-15 October 2020 in Reykjavík, Iceland

    The European Regional Development Meeting 2020 will be held from 14-15 October 2020 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Read more

  • Fifth Mass Rescue Operations Conference – Dates Announced

    The dates of the much-anticipated fifth IMRF Mass Rescue Operations Conference have been announced. Read more

Latest news


  • Celebrating International Women’s Day …

    Winner of the first IMRF’s #WomeninSAR Award 2019, Isobel Tugwell is a member of the Shoreham Lifeboat Crew, with the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Read more

  • Jared Blows: Representing the IMRF at the IMO

    The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is the only maritime search and rescue non-governmental organisation that has consultative status at the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO). Read more

  • The First of a Regular Blog for the IMRF

    As the first of a regular blog for the IMRF, this month we have interviewed Dean Lawrence, IMRF Chairman. Read more