Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) provides search-and-rescue and accident prevention services in Iceland, where the weather is utterly unpredictable and mere seconds can mean the difference between life and death for someone who requires rescue or evacuation. It is comprised of 99 rescue units and over 3,000 volunteers who are always on standby 24/7 for emergencies. ICE-SAR is not only a volunteer organization, but it is also funded through private donations rather than by the government.
In the beginning of the 20th century, around 70 or 80 seafarers were killed around Iceland, which is a large amount for such a small nation. Since we started the Survival and Training Center back in 1985, the progress has been huge, and we’ve already had four years in which there have been no casualties at sea around Iceland, and that’s truly amazing.” – John, ICE-SAR