Swedish Sea Rescue Society

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Small rescue boat in central Stockholm, Sweden
Rescue boat, Dalarö, Sweden

The Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS) (in Swedish: Swedish: Svenska Sällskapet för Räddning af Skeppsbrutne ) is a Swedish voluntary organisation that works with maritime search and rescue on Swedish lakes and seas. The society runs 66 lifeboat stations, with over 160 boats and over 1800 volunteers. Of these, more than 300 are on call at any time, and can respond to a call within 15 minutes.

The society was founded in 1907 at the Hotel Rydberg in Stockholm.[1] It is completely non-profit, and is funded by donations, membership fees and reimbursements for work carried out.

Under an agreement with the Swedish Maritime Administration the purpose of the society is:

  • to maintain an interest in maritime search and rescue
  • to suggest measures to improve service in this area
  • to manage individual search and rescue operations within Swedish waters

The society also provides technical advice in areas where there may not be an immediate danger.

Between 1982 and 1991 the society produced its own coins, with a face value of 25 Swedish kronor. Since 2001 money has been received from the Swedish Postcode Lottery, which in 2009 totalled 21.5 million kronor.


  1. ^ "771 Sjöräddningssällskapets resurser" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-10-22. 

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