Maritime Search and Rescue Tools

Search and rescue for our seas is not only human strength and determination, but the many tools and technology now available that aides our efforts to successfully complete the mission.

Some of these items have enhanced and changed the way we carry out our operations:

– Personal locator beacons
– Satellite mobile equipment such as phones
– Tracking equipment

Personal locator beacons
These are attached to individuals prior to leaving shore. Suitable for vessels that don’t have a suitable storage area for flares or a radio to call for help. They are clipped to the lifejacket and when they come into contact with water they are set off. Great for jet ski riders, small boats and people who want to have their own protection option.
Tony at aerial photography Brisbane bought a jet ski and opted for this option.

Satellite equipment
Items when offshore will no longer pick up mobile coverage and satellite phone for example enables users to call for help and talk to potential rescuers if needed. Great for water and remote area uses.

Tracking equipment
Devices placed within a vessel and can be tracked from a receiver type unit. Can track position of boats, containers, bouys or any other asset.

Tools and technology will continue to grow and improve and make our lives safer and rescuers jobs easier.


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International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)

With innovations in radio, radar, and personnel training, a great need for sustained funding exists in International Maritime Rescue Federation operations. The majority of this need is to accelerate the foundation of this organisation’s initial charter. A recognised charter will transform the organisation, once known as The International Lifeboat Federation, into a body that aims to virtually eliminate open seas casualties.mediterranean-rescue-teams-stretched-beyond-their-meansThe IMRF continues to use the original mission of the International Lifeboat Federation since its inception in 1924. Before integrated maritime technologies, community boaters had to organise to cover oceanic surface areas when search and rescue was required. Coordination between military, civilian, and volunteer resources has always been, and will continue to be, at the core of the IMRF mission. New funding however, will ensure the organisation’s efficiency by installing modern search systems, and utilising highly trained systems specialists.


History of International Lifeboat federation

Late 19th / early 20th Century kit compared to todays

The International Lifeboat Federation was formed back in 1924, and this was prior to the use of radio communication. The term lifeboat came from when several lifeboats were utilised by several communities to perform search and rescue operations on the seas. This organisation has always been an organisation based on civilian,
military full-time, or volunteers.

After 82 years, the organisation changed its name to the International Maritime Rescue. Now, with coordination with radar, radio, and appropriate funding the organisation can continue its pursuit of its initial charter. For this reason, continued funding and support of the International Maritime Rescue is essential. As it is with their help and hard work that, we will be able to achieve zero casualties on the open seas.



sea-rescueA warm welcome to you and congratulations on finding this informative website with regards to sea search and rescue. We want this site to be a go to place for different organisations around the world to share, ask and get information they would like to take on board and utilise within there own organisations. Why not share what works and doesn’t work for you and what actions you have put in place to overcome situations.

This is only the beginning so stay tuned for further updates.