We provide 24/7 Search and Rescue, emergency medical assistance and firefighting services in and around Antigua and Barbuda.
ABSAR is run by a group of volunteers with extensive medical, marine, aviation and firefighting backgrounds. We currently have a 28’ Protector RIB and a 27’ Revenger RIB for our rescues and event support. We coordinate search and rescues and medivacs using both fixed-wing and helicopters.
We have a medic station based at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour which treats over 1000 medical cases each year. We have two Land Rover rescue vehicles that are used to treat and transport patients to the island’s main hospital and to other medical facilities on the island. We also operate a Defender Fire Response Vehicle for the local community.
ABSAR works closely with our international Marine Rescue Coordination Center, located in Fort de France, Martinique (MRCCFF) which is responsible for the area surrounding Antigua and Barbuda. Thanks to our numerous volunteers, we provide 24 hour coverage, 365 days of the year. We work in close cooperation with the Antigua and
Barbuda Defense Force Coast Guard, Fire Department, Police Department and Emergency Medical Services.
During 2017 ABSAR treated over 1000 medical cases, responded to 71 emergencies in the response vehicles, conducted 11 Search and Rescue assists, coordinated 2 medivacs, supported 8 regattas and events and
escorted 11 Trans-Atlantic Rowing boats into the harbour.
ABSAR is run by a board of Directors and is headed by Paramedic and Firefighter Jonathan Cornelius. We have approximately 15 volunteers who dedicate their time to helping others… so that other’s may live!/