VISAR | Virgin Islands Search and Rescue

Saving Lives at Sea

Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) is a non-profit, non-government voluntary organisation dedicated to “Saving Lives at Sea”. It is the officially recognised search and rescue service in the British Virgin Islands, and provides 24-hour cover every day of the year.




Join us either in person or virtually for our annual fundraiser, Swim and SUP the Sound 2021, and Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 6th.  Event Sponsored by Carey Olsen and KRyS Global.


Emergency Calls 

Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) monthly statistics for 2021. 

2021 STATS


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Search and Rescue can be a difficult and dangerous job, and it requires regular training and sincere dedication. Many of our volunteers do not come from a marine background, so VISAR provides first-class training to make sure our crews have the skills they need to save lives. Community youth education about VISAR is a key element to ensuring the next generation of crew members is cultivated. 


About Virgin Island Search & Rescue

  • History

    In 1988, at the request of the Government the group of people running the informal search and rescue service was asked to create an “autonomous, para-professional, dedicated volunteer maritime search and rescue to be run as a Non-Profit Organization.”

  • Board

    VISAR’s Board of Directors is made up of 9 members who are voted in at our Annual General Meeting. The board helps to guide and carry out the organizations mission while ensuring the short- and long-term goals are being met by the crew, trainees and staff members.

  • Crew

    Our fully trained volunteer crew, trainees and coordinators, since 2014 have given over 22,000 hours of their personal time to train, attend meetings and dedicate themselves to VISAR’s mission of “Saving Lives at Sea.”

  • Boats

    VISAR has two base stations; one in Road Reef Marina, Tortola and the second in Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour. Tortola has a 32-foot Parker 1000 Baltic RIB, powered by twin 300 hp outboard engines. On station in Virgin Gorda is a 28-foot TP Marine RIB, powered by twin 225 hp outboard engines.

  • Equipment

    VISAR’s rescue vessels are fully outfitted with the latest medical, vessel safety and search and rescue equipment and communication devices.

Our Sponsors



Support VISAR

As a  non-profit, non-government organization with an annual operation budget of $250,000 USD, we take pride in that VISAR will never charge you for our services!  We rely solely on donations, fundraising events and grants to continue our mission of “Saving Lives at Sea.”

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