The Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS = German Maritime Search and Rescue Service) is responsible for the search and rescue service in our areas of the North Sea and Baltic Sea (SAR service, SAR = Search and Rescue). Around 1,000 sea rescuers, including more than 800 volunteers, are deployed with 60 rescue units at 55 stations between Borkum and Ueckermünde approximately 2,000 times a year – around the clock, in all weather conditions. All SAR measures are coordinated by the German Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Bremen, which is operated by DGzRS. Since its foundation in 1865, the DGzRS has rescued more than 86,000 people from distress or danger at sea. All work has always been financed exclusively by voluntary contributions. The patron of the sea rescuers is the Federal President.