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For Emergency assistance in and around Antigua & Barbuda.

Antigua & Barbuda Search And Rescue, ABSAR, is a non-profit organization that provides 24/7 emergency assistance in and around Antigua and Barbuda, offering medical, fire fighting & search & rescue services

EMERGENCY CONTACT TEL : +1 268 562 1234

MEDIC STATION TEL Mon-Friday 9-5 pm : + 1 268 720 3992

Founded in 1998, The organization is headed by experienced paramedic Jonathan Cornelius, and run by a group of volunteers with extensive medical, marine, aviation and firefighting backgrounds.

They currently have a 28’ Protector RIB and a 27’ Revenger RIB for their rescue boats, which are both used for search and rescues and for regatta support. They can co-ordinate aerial search and rescues and medivacs using both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

They have a walk in MEDIC STATION  at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, which treats over 800 medical cases each year.  They also coordinate MEDIVACS. 
They have a Land Rover ambulance and a rescue vehicle that are used to transport patients to the island’s main hospital and to other medical facilities on the island.

ABSAR receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations.

The organization is supported by local sponsors and relies heavily on fundraising efforts.

All donations are welcome… “so that others may live.” 



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Antigua Yacht Club Marina
Falmouth Harbour
St Paul's
Antigua and Barbuda

: +1 268 562 1234, +1 268 720 3992



VHF Channel

VHF: Ch. 16 – call “ABSAR”

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  • Amazing service

    I can’t thank ABSAR enough for their help over the public holiday, when seeing a doctor over a medical emergency was near enough impossible to sort out! Shonnie was a great help to me and very reassuring, putting me at ease when I really needed it.

    Thank you, ABSAR!

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