Maritime search and rescue
Maritime search and rescue saves and safeguards lives in emergency situations and dangerous situations in sea areas. It includes a variety of tasks, including saving people in distress at sea, preventing accidents, searching for missing persons, consulting doctors, and maritime rescue medical transports from sea and archipelago areas.
The Finnish Border Guard is the leading maritime search and rescue authority in Finland. We are responsible for organising maritime search and rescue operations. The tasks are managed by the Maritime Rescue Command Centres in Turku and Helsinki. Other authorities and volunteers operating in the sea and coastal areas also participate in maritime search and rescue. Pleasure boats and commercial and passenger vessels located within the sea area can also be called on to assist in maritime search and rescue tasks.
Saving property, such as boats or ships, is not part of maritime search and rescue. The rescue of property is primarily carried out by commercial companies.
The Finnish Border Guard performs its duties within the sea area designated for Finnish maritime search and rescue operations. The boundaries of this sea area have been agreed on by through cooperation agreements with neighbouring countries. The area extends far into international waters, ensuring that every corner of the Baltic Sea falls within the area of responsibility of one state or another.