German Maritime Search and Rescue Service
|Formation||29 May 1865|
|Purpose||Saving lives at sea|
The German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (German: Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger - DGzRS; lit. German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Persons) is responsible for Search and Rescue in German territorial waters in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, including the Exclusive Economic Zone.
The headquarters and the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre of the Society are located in Bremen. It was founded in Kiel on 29 May 1865. It owns 61 lifeboats at 54 stations which are operated by 185 employed crew members and 800 volunteers. The society has about 2000 engagements every year. Up to 2005, it rescued approximately 72,000 persons. In 2004 it saved 368 lives, rescued 837 persons from critical situations and carried out 343 medical transports. The DGzRS is entirely financed by membership fees, private donations and legacies.
The DGzRS operates 59 vessels on 54 stations in the North Sea and Baltic. 20 of which are seagoing cruisers (German: Seenotrettungskreuzer) between 20 m and 46 m of length and 39 vessels are classified as inshore lifeboats (German: Seenotrettungsboote). A feature of the cruisers is that all but the 20-m class carry a fully equipped small lifeboat on deck which can quickly be released through a gate in the aft for conducting operations in shallow waters. This principle was developed by DGzRS in the 1950s. The 20-m class uses a rigid-hulled inflatable boat instead.
|Hermann Marwede||Heligoland||biggest ship of the DGzRS|
|Vormann Jantzen||Reserve (Baltic Sea)|
|Hannes Glogner||Reserve (North Sea)|
|Hermann Rudolf Meyer||Bremerhaven|
|Theo Fischer||Darßer Ort|
SK Berlin, a 27m-class cruiser of the DGzRS, and a SeaKing helicopter of the German Navy
SK Minden in the port of Sylt island
SK Bernhard Gruben with daughter boat during an exercise in the North Sea off Juist island
- German Federal Coast Guard
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution
- Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij
- Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer
- Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima
- Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group - One of the 3 last independent charitable lifeboat stations left in Western Australia after the others came under the government FESA umbrella (some coerced, some voluntarily), the group and the other two still face government pressure to be nationalised)
- "Vor 50 Jahren: Erster Seenotkreuzer der DGzRS feierlich getauft". Seglermagazin (in German). Zellwerk GmbH & Co. KG. 12 February 2007.
- "Flotte" (in German). DGzRS.
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