In 2012, KNRM deployed 6 times daily
IJMUIDEN _ The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM) deployed on average almost 6 times a day in 2012, bringing 3,662 people to safety. The all-volunteer KNRM says it carried out 2,102 missions, a rise of 176 which reflects the group’s growing area of operations. Also in 2012, merchant marine personnel on the North Sea needed the KNRM more often than in previous years.
In 2012, the rescue group opened 2 stations around the IJsselmeer and Markermeer _ two large lakes in the heart of Holland. Summer being the prime yachting period, July and August, 2012, were the busiest months largely due to poor weather. Also in 2012 _ and out of sight to most of mankind _ the KNRM’s Radio Medical Service issued often life-saving medical advice in almost 800 cases for sick or wounded sailors worldwide.
The KNRM has 1,100 volunteers. Founded in 1824, it has never received government subsidies and is funded by donations. Its annual operations run to €10 million .