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SEA RESCUE IN THE
BASQUE COUNTRY



The Sea Rescue Service at the Basque Country is the result of the cooperation between diferent regional and state institutions.
 
In the Basque Autonomous Comunity, all emergencies are coordinated by SOS Deiak (SOS Calls, in basque), the emergency managing center of the Ministry of Inner Affaires of the Basque Government. SOS Deiak is responsible for all the emergencies at land, inland waters (rivers, lakes, etc), beaches, cliffs and coast. sos deiak
Emergencies at sea are coordinated by the Sociedad Estatal de Salvamento Marítimo (Sasemar), which depends of the Spanish Central Government's Ministry of Public Works, covering high sea and shore. sasemar

This two bodies are in charge of coordinating the intervention of the different rescue teams taking part on an emergency situation, such as lifeboats, coast guard and aircrafts. On top of this, SOS Deiak does also manage the regional emergency ambulance and firefighter services and police.
 

Lifeboats

The main group of sea rescue resources in the Basque Country consists on the lifeboats owned and operated by the Red Cross at the stations of Arriluze (Bilbao), Bermeo, Ondarroa, Getaria, Donostia, Pasaia and Hondarribia.
 
Each one of these stations has its own B class (coast and shore rescue) and C class (inland water rescue) lifeboats. Three stations, Getxo, Ondarroa and San Sebastian (Donostia), also have A class lifeboats for high sea and shore rescues.

Two of these bigger ships have been donated by the Transportation Ministry of the Autonomous Government.

level A lifeboat of the red cross

Apart from the donation of a number of lifeboats, the Basque Government also contributes with help in the form of some funding and rescue equipment.
Together with the excelent response given by the volunteer crews, this makes possible for our region to count with one of the most advanced and efficient sea rescue services of Spain.
 
lifeboat stations basque country This map shows the seven lifeboat stations of the Red Cross in the coast of the Basque Country.

The red areas show the surface covered by their level B lifeboats, while the grey semicircles limit the range of the level A rescue ships.

Sasemar has also available some tow ships to be used in high sea rescues, as well as its own A level ship at the port of Bermeo.

Coast Guard
 
The coast guard ships, either from the regional or the state police, do also perform a very important task in a number of rescue operations, offering support to the lifeboats.

Both the Spanish Civil Guard (dependent on the Spanish Government) and the Ertzaintza (regional police dependant on the Basque Government) have their own patrol ships capable to intervene in high sea operations.

patrol ship

Aircrafts
 
The helicopters of the basque police, Ertzaintza, are based in the province of Bizkaia. They perform a rapid and effectively on those operations where they are required, including searches, rescues at difficult access areas and support to lifeboats.

Sometimes, Sasemar can also bring its own bigger helicopter, with a larger range and cappabilities, but less handy at minor scale rescues.
This helicopter is based in Gijón (Asturias) and covers the whole North Spanish coast, which implies longer times to respond.

rescue helicopter