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 nominations. Click on the title or image to read more. 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 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

  • 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

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