Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution

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Lifeboat (Reddingboot) Koos van Messel from IJmuiden station

The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij, abbreviated: KNRM) is the voluntary organization in the Netherlands tasked with saving lives at sea. For that purpose, it maintains 39 lifeboat stations along the Dutch coast of the North Sea and Wadden Sea and on the IJsselmeer. Its headquarters have been in IJmuiden since 1996.

The KNRM was created May 22, 1991 by merging the Koninklijke Noord- en Zuid-Hollandsche Redding-Maatschappij (founded November 11, 1824), called the Noord (North), and the Koninklijke Zuid-Hollandsche Maatschappij tot Redding van Schipbreukelingen (founded November 20, 1824), called the Zuid (South). Between 1824 and 2006, they answered 36358 distress calls and saved 79887 people out of distress situations. Yearly they have about 1700 distress calls with about 3500 people saved (2008).

The KNRM also operates the Dutch Radio Medical Service (a task taken over from the Dutch Red Cross on January 1, 1999) and provides medical advice by radio to about 900 ships each year.

Like the comparable Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which operates in the UK and Ireland, and German Maritime Search and Rescue Service, the KNRM is entirely financed by private donations.


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Similar organizations in other Countries: Europe

Elsewhere

  • Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group - One of the 2 last independent charitable lifeboat stations left in Western Australia, the rest are government co-ordinated. There is no state or nationwide equivalent of KNRM or RNLI.

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