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372, 000

That’s the number of people the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate drown each year: more than 40 people per hour.
Every hour. Low- and middle-income countries account for more than 90% of this horrifying total, with the highest rates in the African, South-East Asian and Western Pacific regions.


SAR Matters: Global Report on Drowning IMO SAR Guidance: a New IMRF Service
372, 000, the WHO’s best estimate of the number of lives lost to drowning each year, is one of those figures it is hard to imagine. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the UN body for shipping, where the IMRF has consultative status – publishes a great deal of material on all aspects of shipping safety, security and pollution prevention.

Surfski Safety

Over the past few months, writes Andrew Ingram, South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has responded to a number of surfski paddlers in need of help. Almost all of them were hypothermic and in a desperate situation.

DanGerNed 2014 Project Update
Danish, German and Dutch rescue units and crews met for three days in September, in the North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven, to participate in the DanGerNed SAREX.

The aim of the IMRF’s Rescue BoatGuidelines project, writes projectleader Andrew Flanagan, is to provide an international standard for the safe management and operation of …

Bravery at Sea
A year to the day after surviving an explosive fire which threatened the lives of the 32 people on board his vessel, Captain Andreas Kristensen of Britannia Seaways received the 2014 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, at a ceremony on 17 November at the IMO HQ in London.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation is a registered company limited by guarantee in the United Kingdomand registered as a charity in England and Wales
Patron: Efthimios E. Mitropoulos KCMG, IMO Secretary-General Emeritus
Registered office: IMRF West Quay Road Poole BH15 1HZ United Kingdom
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