Sea and air rescue

If you are in distress at sea, notify the maritime security centre as soon as possible.

Maritime security centre (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre - JRCC Tallinn)
619 1224, jrcc@politsei.ee

Radio frequencies:
VHF-DSC 70 CH
VHF 16 CH
VHF 69 CH
MF-DSC 2187,5 kHz
2182 kHz

Radio call signs
The JRCC call sign (VHF 16 and 69) TALLINN MEREVALVEKESKUS (in English: Tallinn RESCUE)

The functions of the Tallinn-based JRCC on Estonian marine areas and transboundary bodies of water are:

  • Surveillance of maritime areas through the Maritime Monitoring System
  • Administration of sea and air rescue incidents
  • Spill cleanup

A 24/7 radio sentry on international emergency assistance channels is guaranteed for reception of distress calls. The JRCC uses PBGB resources (fleet, Air Squadron, prefectures’ units) as well as volunteer rescuers, private sector (merchant ships) and other government institutions (Maritime Administration, Navy etc.) for performing search and rescue operations in Estonian jurisdiction. The JRCC works closely with counterparts in neighbouring countries (Finland, Latvia, Sweden etc.), which in addition to exchange of information may also include requests for assistance or provision of assistance in the case of major rescue operations.

If you notice seabirds with oil on their plumage, a spill or risk of a spill, call the Environmental Inspectorate’s line 1313.