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Search and Rescue Process

The U.S. Coast Guard Addendum to the United States National Search and Rescue Supplement, which is a supplement to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual (IAMSAR) lists four key processes for the performance of search and rescue (SAR) missions:

  1. Distress Monitoring and Communications
  2. Search Planning
  3. Search Coordination
  4. Search and Rescue Operations

Best Practices

Read BoatBeat’s General Best Practices, in addition to the following tips, for more recommendation and information.

  • Basic Steps: Outline the basic steps in a search and rescue process once a distress call is received.
  • Commitment and Coordination: Share information about the search area, including any interagency coordination and cooperation efforts.

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U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety

National Safe Boating Council (NSBC)

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)

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