Brazil

Brazil’s 7,500km of coastline is the 16th longest national coastline in the world, yet it has no dedicated national search and rescue service. With a growing economy, more Brazilians are taking to the water for leisure, and dangerous incidents are increasing.
A lifeboat from the Brazilian search and rescue service Anjos do Mar

Photo: RNLI

Anjos do Mar (‘Sea Angels’) is a voluntary organisation that works to reduce drowning around the country’s coastline, through a mixture of lifeguarding and inshore search and rescue work.
As they receive no government funding, the volunteers of Anjos do Mar approached us for ideas to help develop their service using a similar model to the RNLI.

The difference we’ve made

In 2012 we worked jointly with the Swedish Sea Rescue Society to assess the Anjos do Mar’s service and create plans to build it into a stronger, more effective rescue service.

After assessing its operational capacity and organisational structure, we gave advice to help them develop a sustainable operational platform.

Then In May 2013, two RNLI lifeboat trainers visited Itajai to train 20 search and rescue crew over 2 weeks.

Volunteers from Brazilian search and rescue service Anjos do Mar who have trained with the RNLI
Volunteers from Brazilian search and rescue service Anjos do Mar who have trained with the RNLI