The IMRF have been approached by a number of rescue services in the Mediterranean, who are struggling to keep up with the replacement of equipment being used to rescue the flood of migrants into their waters.
To help coordinate this, we are relaunching the Members Assisting Members Website to help identify need and connect those who can help.
The Hellenic Rescue team of 2,000 volunteer rescuers in Greece are looking for lifejackets, helmets, dry suits equipment for their lifeboats, as well as hoping to increase their response capability by securing some additional 6-10m lifeboats. With a massive increase in call outs, due to rescuing migrants in distress on their waters, supplies are getting low and fundraising in Greece is difficult at present.
It is a similar story for the team at MOAS, who have extended the time they are patrolling and are starting to feel the squeeze. With close to 7,000 people rescued already this year the team are needing to replace vhf radios, helmets and SAR lifejackets for the crew.
The German Rescuers Sea Watch are also in need of lifejackets and inflatable rafts to help keep the people afloat until rescue services arrive.
The Members Assisting Members Website is a "Posts" Board for IMRF Members and IMRF Guests to place posts on it. One can request, offer, exchange, sell and buy equipment, services, training & education and support. The aim is simple: to help each other and to prevent loss of life in the World’s waters.