70 sea rescue volunteers complete training, near doubling active number
Last week, 70 new sea rescue volunteers completed training and received certification in Estonia, bringing the number of the unpaid service to 194.
The majority of the volunteer sea rescue coverage is in the western part of the nation, where 100 volunteers in 13 organizations are now active.
The Police and Border Guard's (PPA) North Prefecture now has 61 volunteers in 11 organizations, the East Prefecture has 23 and the South Prefecture, including on the Lake Peipsi, 10.
According to the 2012-2020 development plan for the Maritime Rescue Organization, which oversees the volunteers, the number of accidents on Estonia seas and larger lakes has increased over the past few years as the number of private boats increases.
Certified and active sea rescue volunteers receive benefits from the state such as compensation in case of injury and reimbursement for costs associated with any rescue.