The Sea Rescue Service is a part of a global system which monitors the distress frequencies and deploys SAR (Search and Rescue) resources from the nearer possible locations to the person or vessel in distress.

A SAR Committee call (Search and Rescue St Helena, SARSH) operates under the St Helena Resilience Forum.

To be able to respond to persons/ vessels in distress and meet St Helena’s obligations the St Helena Sea Rescue Service has the following Resources: •4 SAR vessels, 3 of the vessels have different capabilities with regards to operating areas/range from a safe haven, operational duration. • 1 offshore vessel ( 60Nm range and 12-hour operational duration). •2x 8.5-meter fast response vessels (25Nm range, 4.5 hours duration,), these vessels are used to cover airport duties as they have the ability to carry mass casualty platforms. •1 x 4.2-meter coast and surf vessel, (3nm Range, 2-hour duration, this vessel allows us to work in close proximity to the shoreline with limited financial risk).

All vessels are designed to be to slipway launched and we have a tractor to operate the launching system and a pickup as the contingency launching vehicle.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Emergency: 999

Office: 25215

Radio (VHF Channel 16) Call Sign: Sea Rescue Base


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