Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

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


The IMRF is proud to launch its #SARyouOK? initiative in order to increase awareness and break down the stigma that is attached to mental health and wellbeing issues faced by those working in the maritime SAR sector.


Author: Tom Scott

Getting back together: the IMRF’s impact in 2022

The IMRF takes a look back at the work it has achieved in 2022 as loosened pandemic-related restrictions meant the maritime SAR community could once again meet in person


Author: Tom Scott

The IMRF #WomenInSAR Initiative

The #WomenInSAR initiative 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 SAR sector specifically.


Author: Wendy Webster

Our Impact


IMRF Members The IMRF has 123 Members from 53 countries (2021)


Crew Members Over 519 Crew Members have participated and trained in the European Lifeboat Crew Exchange since 2012


x 100 Visits The MRO Pages, including the MRO Resources Library, had in total 20,302  visits in the whole of 2021


x 10 1216 people registered for our Webinars in 2021

Upcoming events

  • #WomenInSAR Seminars

    In collaboration with the IMO, we will be holding two #WomenInSAR Seminars in Africa in 2023. The first seminar will take place in Rabat, Morocco, in February 2023. The second seminar will take place in Mombasa, Kenya, in April 2023. Both seminars are by invitation only. Read more

  • #SARyouOK? Online Workshop

    As part of our #SARyouOK? initiative, we will be hosting an online workshop in April 2023. Further details including the programme and how to register for this online workshop will be announced in January 2023, so please check back then.  Read more

  • WMRC - 2023 - Registration Open and Abstract Submission

    The fifth World Maritime Rescue Congress will be held from 18–20 June 2023 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The Congress theme is: "Towards Sustainable Maritime SAR – Building on our History to Secure our Future." Read more

Latest news



  • #SARyouOK? - David Jardine Smith, former IMRF MRO Project Manager

    David Jardine-Smith talks from personal experience to the IMRF about the importance of mental health and safety awareness in SAR organisations, regardless of your role in the SAR ecosystem. Read more

  • #SARyouOK? - Phil Bostock, HM Coastguard

    Search and rescue first responders face pressures unlike any other industry. These individuals often put their own personal safety at risk every single day to ensure that those at sea are safe. Read more

  • IMRF Marks World Mental Health Day with Exclusive Maritime SAR Podcast

    Today, the IMRF marks World Mental Health Day and highlights the importance of talking openly and honestly about the challenges of mental health, with an exclusive podcast on the impact of mental health and wellbeing in the maritime SAR sector. Read more

  • #SARyouOK? - Launch Video

    From those working on the front-line to those working behind the scenes, maritime SAR personnel encounter unique challenges and stresses in their line of work. Read more