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Water Search and Rescue

Water Search and Rescue

The Water Rescue Department was established in 2000 from HRT members who were engaged to sea activities. Its action started with meager resources, however it has become one of the most essential departments in HRT.

Its mission is search and rescue at sea, rivers, lakes, in areas were floods prevail and generally wherever the element of water becomes a danger to human life. The department is staffed by experienced operators of high-speed craft, lifeguards, rapid water rescuers, yachtsmen, scuba divers and support staff. The department’s equipment consists of inflatable speedboat rescue boats, diving equipment, specialized equipment for rescue in rapids, first aid equipment and telecommunications equipment.

The members of the department are continuously trained, both through exercises organized within the Department as well as in joint educational activities with other authorities involved in water rescue, such as the Hellenic Coast Guard, the Air Force and the Civil Protection Service. The Water Rescue Department has been significantly supported with equipment, rescue boats and training courses from the most experienced organizations (members of the International Maritime Rescue Federation, IMRF), such as the Norwegian RS, the English RNLI, the Swedish SSRS, the German DGzRS and the Dutch KNRM. It is worth mentioning that HRT currently operates 18 rescue boats fully equipped and three rescue runners, ready to respond to search and rescue operations at sea.


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