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)

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  • Fundraising and Communications in a COVID-19 World …

    The global pandemic has made for challenging times for charities and fundraising organisations.  With many events cancelled and faced with a global recession, many are having to make complex decisions about their fundraising activity, future income generation and the work they do. Read more

  • IMRF People’s Choice Winners Win Gold Award for Operational Activity in New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards

    Last year’s winners of the IMRF’s People’s Choice Award have been given a further commendation recognising the exceptional skills and actions involved in the multiagency rescue they were nominated for. Read more

  • New Member Spotlight: Yellow Scorpion

    This month we have spoken to new IMRF member, James Bethell who’s worked in maritime rescue for over 20 years. We started by asking him about his company’s unusual name.  ‘Yellow Scorpion’ derives from James’s Royal Air Force (RAF) past. Read more

  • #WomenInSAR Initiative

    IMRF launched its #WomenInSAR initiative at its World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) in June 2019. This project aims to increase the representation of women in the maritime sector generally and to provide support for, and raise the profile of, women in the maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) sector specifically. This IMRF initiative supports the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Empowering Women in Maritime initiative. Read more


  • Blog: IMRF European Lifeboat Crew Exchange

    Staff from DGzRS have taken part in the IMRF Lifeboat Crew Exchange every year since its establishment and have helped to develop this much valued annual event. Read more

  • 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