About IMRF

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is the international non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to develop and improve maritime search and rescue (SAR) capability around the world, preventing loss of life in the world's waters. 

The IMRF was established in 1924 as the International Lifeboat Federation. The Federation was granted non-governmental consultative status with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 1985, and in view of its growing role was renamed the IMRF in 2007.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in its Report on Drowning estimates that 372,000 people drown every year. These figures do not include all the lives lost in the world's waters and many of these deaths could be prevented by improved maritime SAR services and increased awareness of the importance of safety on the world's waters.

The IMRF brings together the world's maritime SAR organisations in a forum to share knowledge, resources and experience, and to work together to improve the coverage and effectiveness of maritime SAR. We have 103 members in 49 countries.

The IMRF is also engaged in project work around the world, supporting the development of maritime SAR where it is needed most. Examples of our work include:

  • Working with the IMO to develop maritime SAR resources and capability across Africa.
  • Running a highly rated European Lifeboat Crew Exchange.
  • Developing a world-leading package of maritime Mass Rescue Operations guidance and planning and training material. This includes a dedicated MRO website (www.imrfmro.org), delivery of conferences and regional training.

For more information about the IMRF visit https://international-maritime-rescue.org/

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