Rostock - The German Society for Rescue of Shipwrecked People (DGzRS) rescued 58 people from acute distress on the North and Baltic Seas in the first ten months of this year. This was five more than in the same period last year, as DGzRS board member Gerhard Harder announced today in Rostock.
In addition, 419 people were freed from imminent danger and 375 sick or injured people were transported from ships or islands to the mainland. The sea rescuers were able to save ships from total loss 59 times. "We'll go out when others come in," said Harder, recalling the teams' dangerous job.
Around 180 permanent employees and 800 volunteers work for them. Up until October you had been on the high seas for 1,901 missions. In addition, there were more than 2,200 inspection drives, during which not only the area but also the own technology was checked.