Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

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

COVID-19 & Pandemic Response

For the search and rescue (SAR) community, the pandemic offered a unique opportunity for SAR organisations to develop their own best practices and structures as they continued to respond to call outs.


Author: Wendy Webster

Our latest MRO Guidance documents are now available

The latest version of our Mass Rescue Operations Summary Guidance Documents are now available to download


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


Crew Members Over 519 Crew Members have participated and Trained in the European Crew Exchange from 2012 to 2019


Colleagues of IMRF Member Organisations 259 Colleagues of IMRF Member Organisations have participated at the Lifeboat Crew Exchange 2020 – Webinar Sessions


x 100 - Visits The MRO Pages, including the MRO Resources Library, had in total 19189 visits in the whole of 2020


IMRF Members The IMRF has 115 Members from 50 countries (2020)

Upcoming events

  • International #WomenInSAR Training and Seminar – Finland – 26-29 August 2022

    Join us for the first International Search and Rescue (SAR) IMRF #WomenInSAR Training and Seminar, hosted by the Finnish Lifeboat Institution (FLBI). Read more

  • WMRC 2023 - Dates Announced

    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

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