IMRF Awards 2022

The IMRF Awards acknowledge the dedication, ingenuity and selflessness of the SAR community. Over the years, the number of awards we receive has increased, reflecting the growing recognition of maritime SAR and its role in reducing loss of life on the world’s waters. If you know of any individual, team or organisation who has made a significant contribution to this effort, be it on a local, national, regional or global scale, please consider making a nomination.


2021 Winners

  • Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations – Captain Chen Jian
  • Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations - Coastguard Nelson
  • #WomenInSAR Award - Anna Bertrandsson Littke & Krista Lynn Elvidge
  • Innovation & Technology in Maritime SAR – JetRIB
  • Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement - Patrick van Eyssen

  • People's Choice Award - Patrick van Eyssen

No IMRF Awards took place in 2020


2019 Winners

  • Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations – Capt Huang Zhibin
  • Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations - Marine Rescue Port Macquarie
  • #WomenInSAR Award - Isobel Tugwell
  • Innovation & Technology in Maritime SAR – MCA, Phillip Hanson
  • Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement - Arthur Allen

  • People's Choice Award - David Jardine Smith

2018 Winners

  • Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations – Captain Siddarth Sharma
  • Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations - KNRM Station Terschelling Paal 8
  • Innovation & Technology in Maritime SAR – Pink Rescue Buoy, NSRI
  • Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement - Johannes Kooijman & Captain Nikifor Guerchev

  • People's Choice Award - Canadian Coast Guard Rescue Specialists

2017 Winners

  • Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations – Anton Tasanen
  • Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations - MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station)
  • Innovation & Technology in Maritime SAR – RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016
  • Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement - Association of Maritime and River Rescue in Uruguay (ADES)

2016 Winners

  • Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations – Captain Herve Lepage
  • Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations - Proactiva Open Arms
  • Innovation & Technology in Maritime SAR – RNLI's James Benson and Bournemouth University
  • Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement - Mohammed Drissi