Maritime Search and Rescue (Mexico)

Maritime Search and Rescue
Búsqueda y Rescate Marítimo
Country  Mexico
Allegiance Mexico
Branch Mexican Navy
Role Coastal defence, Maritime Search and Rescue,
Colors Red, Orange and White
Service Mark
Uniform and Boat logo

The Mexican Maritime Search and Rescue is the Mexican Navy's SAR Unit, it is responsible for improving the quality and effectiveness of the Navy's response to Mexico's maritime emergencies. The Mexican Navy historically has been responsible for the search and rescue operations using its available resources. However, aware of the importance of safeguarding human life at sea and the growing demand of sea rescue, The High Command of the Navy, established one of its most challenging priorities, the establishment of Maritime Search and Rescue Operations.[1]

Organization and operations

The Mexican Search and Rescue primary missions are SAR operations within 50 miles of the Mexican coast line, to accomplish search and rescue operations in a timely manner, It utilizes 5 current active Naval Stations.[2] There are two types of Search and Rescue Naval Stations Estaciones Navales de Búsqueda y Rescate (ENSAR). Type A (Alfa) Naval Stations are equipped with one 47-Foot Motor Lifeboat and 2 33-Foot Defender Class boats. Type B (Bravo) are equipped with 33-Foot Defender Class boats. The first Naval Station to be active was opened on April 6, 2007 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. In Total the Maritime SAR unit goal is 19 ENSAR stations, 6 Type A's and 13 Type B's.[3]

Active ENSAR stations


Maritime SAR Inventory
Vehicle/System Note Origin
SAR Ships
47-Foot Motor Lifeboat equipped with two Detroit Diesel engines  United States
33-Foot Defender Class  United States
MD Helicopters MD Explorer  United States


  1. "Secretaría de Marina - Armada de México". Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  2. "The News". Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  3. Archived August 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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