EC-SAR – Eckerd College Search and Rescue
The Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR) is the only college marine rescue team in the country. Our highly trained group of student volunteers work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, 911 Emergency Medical Response and other state and local agencies to answer more than 500 maritime distress calls per year.
Team members are trained in technical rescue, boating safety, seamanship, searching, fire fighting, de-watering, navigation, medical response and evening piloting rescue vessels.
EC-SAR received its first test of international proportions when the team was one of the first rescue units to respond to the Skyway Bridge disaster in May of 1980. The program has since grown to become one of the most respected search and rescue organizations on the west coast of Florida.