About Us

Below is a brief interview with our Chief that will give you more information about our organization.

About Us

Beaufort Water Search and Rescue is an all-volunteer organization based in Port Royal, South Carolina serving Northern Beaufort County.

Our primary missions are to help boaters in distress and to conduct search and rescue missions to support and assist the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, United States Coast Guard, and state and Federal law enforcement agencies.

Hundreds of man-hours are spent annually on search-and-rescue missions for stranded boaters, support of local authorities in drowning victim searches, water safety support at marine events and boating-safety education.

All activities of the Beaufort Water Search and Rescue are executed by experienced volunteers at no charge to boaters in need of assistance.

Marine Squadrons of America

The Marine Rescue Squadrons Of America (MRS) were formed in response to the realization that Coast Guard and other emergency response agencies could not render assistance to boaters in distress in all circumstances. The first MRS squadron was formed at Tybee Island, Georgia in 1959.

Beaufort Squadron 4B formed its charter in July of 1975. In 1995, 4B received a plaque from Beaufort County Council in recognition of 20 years of service to the citizens of Beaufort County.

Beaufort Water Search And Rescue/MRS 4B is one of ten water search and rescue squadrons located in the coastal South Carolina / Georgia area.