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

  • Swim & Sup the Sound 2020

    VIRTUAL COMPETITION Saturday & Sunday, 6 & 7 June 2020 Sponsored by Carey Olsen & KRyS Global Read more

  • IMRF European Regional Development Meeting 2020

    In discussion with our hosts, ICE-SAR, we have reluctantly had to cancel our plans to hold the European Regional Meeting 2020 in Reykjavik in October. Instead, we are planning to hold a “virtual” meeting on 15 October 2020. Read more

  • IMRF Awards 2020 – Postponed Until September 2021

    The IMRF Trustees have reluctantly decided to postpone the IMRF Awards 2020 until next year. The new date will be 7 September 2021.. Read more

  • IMRF European Lifeboat Crew Exchange – 19-26 September 2020 - CANCELLED

    Because of the COVID-19 international travel restrictions still likely to be in place in September, the European Lifeboat Crew Exchange 2020 has been cancelled. We are currently exploring options for having a one-day virtual event in the same week. Read more

Latest news

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Maritime SAR

    Search and rescue workers often face stresses that are not present in many other fields of work. A job that requires a person to put themselves in harm’s way repeatedly carries a high risk to their physical and mental health. Research indicates that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst first responders is comparable to that of combat veterans. Read more

  • Member Focus: The Japan Association of Marine Safety

    The IMRF has 113 members from 54 countries around the world. Our member organisations might be large or small, newly formed or long established. Some members are charities, others are private or public agencies, supporting organisations or industries. We’ve talked to new member the Japan Association of Marine Safety to find out more about their work and the organisation. Read more

  • IMRF COVID-19 Operational Guidelines: Guidance for SAR Organisations

    The main priorities for all SAR organisations are firstly, to minimise the risk of infection for all staff and volunteers and secondly, to continue to provide effective SAR and lifesaving services. These priorities should underpin all aspects of the provision of SAR services during the COVID-19 or any similar epidemic/pandemic. 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

  • 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