Norwegian Sea Rescue

Norwegian Sea Rescue

RSNorwegian Sea Rescue is a humanitarian, voluntary, membership-based organisation. Our object is four-fold: to save life, protect material assets, safeguard the coastal environment and pursue information work. In ensuring that our rescue boats are ready and able to continue saving life and material assets, we depend on membership fees, private gifts, contributions, support and donations.

rs_1We have high-speed rescue boats all along the Norwegian coast and on Lakes Mjøsa and Femunden in eastern Norway. Twenty-five boats with permanent crews are in round-the-clock readiness, while 17 are operated by volunteers in the sea rescue corps – some year-round and others with a more seasonal commitment. Our earlier fleet of slow-speed rescue boats has been replaced in recent years with fast craft. That allows us to be on the spot quickly to deal with a potential hazard and to prevent it from developing into an accident with personal injuries. This commitment has yielded good results, which show up clearly in our statistics.

Our rescue boats are indispensible for maritime safety along the shores of Norway. During the last ten years they have saved 350 people from drowning at sea.These craft are based at 57 stations around the whole Norwegian coast, and the need for emergency response and boat locations change over the year. We collaborate with the country’s two joint rescue coordination centres to ensure that these vessels are stationed in the right place at all times.

Our rescue boats save material assets

We were founded more than a century ago. Since then, our rescue boats have saved over 3 400 ships from becoming a total loss and have rendered assistance to well above 500 000 people. More Norwegians than ever are using the country’s seas and shores for work and leisure. The number of times we have had to assist vessels in need has risen by almost 50 per cent over the past decade.

rs_2Our rescue boats protect the environment

Our vessels actively safeguard the coast by preventing the loss of ships with polluting bunkers or cargo on board. Their contribution often involves stabilising a wrecked or disabled vessel and keeping it away from land until adequate towing capacity can be mobilised. In recent years, we have seen a number of cases where our rescue boats have prevented the loss of ships carrying fairly large volumes of bunkers or other oil. These incidents might otherwise have required extensive and very demanding clean-up work along some of Norway’s most vulnerable shores.

Helping to keep boating safe and pleasurable

Pleasure boat owners who are full members of our assistance programme enjoy a number of benefits, while helping to maintain maritime safety and emergency response along the Norwegian coast.

Teaching the young to be sensible at sea

We devote extensive and important efforts to preventing accidents along the whole Norwegian coast. This work is directed particularly at youngsters. We communicate sensible behaviour at sea to many thousands of children and young people every year.

Courses and training

We place great emphasis on offering courses and training to high professional and educational standards. Our boatmanship courses are aimed particularly at young people and women, and we have developed teaching forms and content suited for these target groups. We have our own sea rescue education centre, where our crews hone their skills in driving fast boats and qualify through training and exercises on safety, first aid and sea rescue.

Head office

P O Box 500, NO-1323 Høvik
Visiting address: Veritasveien 14, Høvik
Tel: +47 67 57 29 00
E-mail: post@rs.no
Web: www.rs.no

Sea Rescue Education Centre

P O Box 19, NO-3291 Stavern
Visiting address: Kadettbrakka, Fredriksvern, Stavern
Mobile phone: +47 90 84 95 08
E-mail: jarl@rs.no
Web: http://www.redningsselskapet.no/Kurs/Sjøredningsskolen