VISAR, Virgin Islands Search and Rescue



Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) is a voluntary organisation dedicated to saving life at sea. It is the officially recognised search and rescue service in the British Virgin Islands, where it provides 24-hour cover every day of the year in close co-operation with the Royal British Virgin Islands police, fire and ambulance services.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and undergo rigorous training in seamanship and small boat-handling skills, search and rescue techniques and first aid. They give up their own time to train and answer distress calls with nothing in return except the satisfaction of knowing that they are doing a vital job.

VISAR’s help can be summoned in the BVI in several ways:

– Dialling 767 (SOS)
– Dialling 999 or 911
– Dialling 494 4357 (494-HELP)
– A distress call on VHF Channel 16


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