The Swedish Sea Rescue Society, Sjöräddningssällskapet is made up of volunteers with normal daytime jobs. With no government funding they depend on public contributions and membership fee’s. Goes without saying, I’m a proud member together with most recreational boat owner around the 11 600 kilometer coastline of Sweden.
2400 volunteer heroes make sure there is a 24 hour availability from 74 stations also covering the major lakes. With a response time of 15 minutes and with 260 modern rescue vessels they are involved in 90 percent of all sea rescues in Sweden.
The society was founded over 100 years ago by Albert Isaksson. The government showed weak interest in doing something about the poor condition of the Swedish sea rescue ability. In fact it was used as an bad example in the internationally. Albert turned to the public and 1 June 1907 the, for Sweden unique, Society was established. Find out more here.
Hat off to the heroes, ha de Gött!