The Lagos Regional Maritime Coordination Centre (Lagos RMRCC) is one of the five (5) designated Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres in Africa.
The Lagos RMRCC is the secretariat of the West and Central African Search and Rescue Region and it coordinates Search and Rescue activities within the waters of Nine (9) countries in this Region.
Assisting any craft or person in distress is an established international practice based on traditional humanitarian obligations, and it is founded in international law.
This was why the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) came together to coordinated the development of a global SAR system.
The goal of these two organizations in this effort was to provide an effective, integrated, worldwide system that makes and keeps SAR services available wherever people travel.
In order to achieve this, the globe was divided into Search and Rescue Regions (SRRs), each with associated SAR services, which assist anyone in distress within the SRR without regard to nationality or circumstances.
During the year 2000 SAR Conference in Florence, Italy, Nigeria was designated as one of the five Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (RMRCC) in Africa, the others are Morocco, Kenya, Liberia and South Africa.