Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger

According to the Federal Maritime Responsibilities Act of 1965, the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service is the sea rescue service for the German North and Baltic Sea coast. The German Maritime Search and Rescue Service is financed through donations. Beluga Shipping GmbH and its CEO Niels Stolberg number among the committed sponsoring members.

The German Maritime Search and Rescue Service is assigned on a binding basis by the Transportation Minister to implement, manage and coordinate search and rescue services. Since the organisation was officially established in May 1865, the sea rescue service staff has been able to save more than 75,000 people from death thanks to their courageous, devoted commitment in all kinds of weather. De facto the service performs sovereign governmental duties, but without requiring tax funds as a non-profit organisation. Today 20 rescue cruisers, 41 rescue boats as well as 186 permanently employed and more than 800 volunteer sea rescuers are on duty every day to avert distress whenever there is a risk of this at sea.

54 German Maritime Search and Rescue Service stations cover the entire German coastal region, including the islands, and the rescue cruisers travel over 75,000 nautical miles a year in the North and Baltic Sea – the equivalent of about four times around the world.

The history of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service is inseparably linked to the sinking of the emigrant ship “Johanne” off the coast of the North Sea island Spiekeroog in November 1854. Back then 79 people fell victim to the raging storm at sea while the islanders could only look on helplessly since there were no rescue institutions at that time. The death of these children, women and men, who were on their way from Bremerhaven to Baltimore (USA), is regarded as the inspiration for the Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Persons, established in 1861, and marked the birth of its successor, the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service.

If you would like to find out more about the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service or wish to register as a sponsoring member of the organisation, please contact:

Die Seenotretter
Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS)
Hermann-Helms-Haus
Werderstraße 2
28199 Bremen

Phone:

+49 (0) 421 - 53 707 - 0

e-mail:

info@No Spamseenotretter.de

Web:

www.seenotretter.de


Donations Account: 107 2016, Sparkasse Bremen, BLZ 290 501 01

 

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