Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX-2020)

News:Recently,the Indian Coast Guard(ICG) has conducted the National level Search and Rescue Exercise(SAREX-2020) in Goa.


About the exercise:

  • The exercise has been conducted biennially since 2003 by Indian Coast Guard under the aegis of National Maritime Search and Rescue Board(NMSARB).
  • Aim:To test the efficiency of operations and coordination of the stakeholders involved in Search and Rescue in the Indian Ocean Region. 
  • Theme: Harmonization of Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue named ‘HAMSAR’.
  • Further,the exercise witnessed the participation of around 24 overseas observers from 19 countries.

Additional information:


  • National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB) was constituted by the union government in 2002 with the Director General of Indian Coast Guard(ICG) as its Chairman.
  • The board coordinates the National Search and Rescue Plan in accordance with the provisions of International Conventions.