Hong Kong MRCC neither possesses nor has direct command over SAR resources. The role of Hong Kong MRCC is to co-ordinate all available SAR resources to perform a maritime search and rescue mission.
For SAR cases within Hong Kong waters, Hong Kong MRCC will draw resources from Government Flying Service (GFS), Hong Kong Marine Police (Marpol), Fire Services Department (FSD) and Marine Department (MD).
For help in the distant parts of our Search and Rescue Region where Government resources cannot reach, the Hong Kong MRCC must rely upon the assistance of merchants ships and fishing vessel in the vicinity of the distress. Sometimes, according to prevailing situation, resources of other governments, such as Vietnam, Philippines and Mainland China, would also be tasked to render assistance.