Preventing loss of life in the world’s waters

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


As the international voice of maritime SAR, the IMRF plays a significant role in the development of international maritime SAR regulation and policy.



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 494 Crew Members have participated and Trained in the European Crew Exchange from 2012 to 2018


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

  • World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) 2019

    On behalf of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and the members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue ... Read more

  • IMRF Quadrennial Meeting 2019

    With the next World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) rapidly approaching, it is also time to consider the forthcoming IMRF Quadrennial General Meeting (QGM). Read more

  • The IMRF Awards 2019

    This year’s IMRF Awards ceremony will take place at lunch time on 10 September 2019, onboard the HQS Wellington in central London, as part of London International Shipping Week 2019. The IMRF Awards (now in their fourth year) seek to recognise the achievements of volunteer and professional SAR operators alike, as well as those who plan, train and equip SAR operations. Read more

  • IMRF Skillshare Conference on Fundraising & Communication 2019

    The second IMRF Fundraising Skillshare will be from 17 to 19 September 2019, and is hosted by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS). Read more

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