IMO says search and rescue is an international responsibility
IMO says search and rescue is a humanitarian process, aimed at assisting persons in distress, without regard to the nationality or circumstances of the persons in distress. IMO’s Chris Trelawny highlighted this global responsibility, during the first Coast Guard Global Summit, jointly hosted by the Japan Coast Guard and Tokyo-based Nippon Foundation, in Tokyo (14 September). He also outlined the international legal framework for SAR; the implementation of effective SAR systems; and the need for and benefit of international and inter-regional cooperation for effective SAR on a global basis. Search and rescue officials from more than 30 countries attended the summit.