Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

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


The IMRF is producing a series of guidance notes to help SAR organisations cope with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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

  • IMRF Awards 2021 – 14 September 2021

    Nominations are already open, so read what the Chair of the Judging Panel has to say about what they are looking for in Awards ... Read more

  • IMRF Virtual Lifeboat Crew Exchange 2020

    Join us for two webinars, “Learning from each other” (22nd September) and “Equipment, Innovation & Technology" ... Read more

  • European Regional Meeting 2020 - Webinar Day - 15 October 2020

    As previously announced, because of COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s popular IMRF annual European ... Read more

  • Fifth Mass Rescue Operations Conference – 13-15 June 2021

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

Latest news


  • HamiltonJet - Member Profile

    The IMRF has 113 members from 54 countries around the world. Our members might be large or small, newly-formed or long-established. Sometimes our members are charities, private or public agencies, supporting organisations and industries. Still, they are all welcome and we all work to develop and improve maritime search and rescue (SAR) capacity around the world. In the first of a regular feature, we’ve talked to one of our new members to find out more about what they do and what that means fo Read more

  • #WomenInSAR Blog - Part 1 - Managing Lifeboat Operations Across British Columbia

    #WomenInSAR blog  The Royal Canadian Maritime Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) is the volunteer based organization that operates more than 30 marine rescue stations on the British Columbia coast and in the B.C. Interior. From Vancouver’s busy harbour to the remote waters of the North Coast, RCMSAR volunteer crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to respond to marine emergencies. They conduct, on average, 800 marine rescues every year. Read more

  • The Chairman of the IMRF Awards Judges Explains What They Look For …

    While the award ceremony for the IMRF Awards 2020 have been postponed until 2021 because of  COVID-19, it’s still a good time to submit a nomination while the details are fresh in your mind… Read more

  • Interview blog: Bruce Sandmann, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) South Africa

    Bruce is a full-time Training Officer with NSRI in South Africa, but he has also taken part in some of the IMRF’s international work, recently helping to deliver the Train the Trainer course on rescue boat handling in Rabat, Morocco. We’ve asked him to tell us more about his role and the international training work he’s undertaken. Read more