Who We Are

The IMRF is the international NGO working to develop and improve maritime search and rescue (SAR) capacity around the world, preventing loss of life in the world’s waters.  

We are the only maritime SAR NGO with consultative status at the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO).


Why We Exist

The latest World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Estimates show that around 320,000 people drown every year.

The means that roughly 36 people around the world drown every hour.

Many of these deaths could be prevented by improved maritime SAR services, which is why the work of the IMRF is so important.


Some Examples of What We Do

We are at the forefront of Global SAR development – in Africa in 2018 we delivered 12 regional SAR Training courses with over 160 participants across Africa taking part.

As the international voice of maritime SAR, we play a significant role in the development of international SAR regulation and policy.

Each year, the IMRF Awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals and organisations, raising global awareness of the outstanding work done by people across the maritime SAR sector.


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