The number of maritime rescue cases fell last year. A reduction of 17 percent.

Last year, the Swedish Maritime Administration handled 964 maritime rescue cases. This is a decrease of 17 percent compared to 2021, when 1167 cases were handled. Most occurred in Stockholm County. The most common causes last year were groundings and engine failures, and most alarms came from recreational boats. The number of air rescue cases amounted to 590.

Annika Vestergård, who is head of the Swedish Maritime Administration’s national sea and air rescue center JRCC, says:

“The decrease in sea rescue numbers may be due to perceived less boat traffic in 2022, which may be explained by factors such as higher fuel prices, inflation and more people choosing to spend their holidays abroad instead of in the archipelago after the pandemic. By always wearing a life jacket and seeing by keeping the boat in trim but also being careful to inform others of your plans out at sea, many of these incidents can be avoided.”


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