The Border Guard directs maritime search and rescue

The Border Guard is the authority responsible for directing maritime search and rescue missions. In addition, it participates in rescue operations and is responsible for coordinating maritime search and rescue services, assisting vessels and boats in distress at sea, preventing accidents, searching for missing people, transporting patients from vessels and providing telemedical assistance service for seafarers.

Maritime search and rescue operations are led by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Turku (MRCC Turku) or the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in Helsinki (MRSC Helsinki).

In maritime areas, the Border Guard cooperates with a large number of authorities and voluntary organisations. The key partners are the Finnish Transport Agency, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, the Defence Forces, environmental authorities, the police and rescue departments.