British Virgin Islands

As tourism and related watersports increase in the British Virgin Islands, so has the number of incidents on the water.
A lifeboat from the British Virgin Islands search and rescue service VISAR
A lifeboat from the British Virgin Islands search and rescue service VISAR

The British Virgin Islands already benefit from a voluntary search and rescue service dedicated to saving lives at sea.

Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) 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 cooperation with the Royal British Virgin Islands police, fire and ambulance services.

The RNLI has a long association with VISAR’s volunteers – we have provided guidance and expertise as demand for their service has continued to increase.

The difference we’ve made

We’ve worked with VISAR’s volunteer crew members to help expand their knowledge and experience of maritime search and rescue techniques.

In December 2012, two RNLI lifeboat trainers visited Tortola and trained 15 of VISAR’s rescue crew over the course of 2 weeks. These crew members can now contribute to the water safety coverage for the whole of the British Virgin Islands.