Smith Point Sea Rescue is an all volunteer organization dedicated to providing assistance to boats having difficulties in the mid-Chesapeake Bay area. Just take a look at our Mission Reports to see how busy we’ve been!

Smith Point Sea Rescue does NOT charge for any services or assistance it provides and receives no regular monetary support from any state or governmental agency. Funds are derived from donations and fundraising events such as the Spring Oyster Roast, the sale of our 50th anniversary book There When Needed, and the annual fall mail solicitation. Smith Point Sea Rescue has a tax-exempt status 501(c)(3) from the Internal Revenue Service.

Smith Point Sea Rescue is pleased to help boaters in their time of need. It monitors VHF Channel 16. Sea Rescue may also be reached through the Northumberland Sheriff’s office at 804-580-5221 or 911.

To commemorate and help celebrate Smith Point Sea Rescue’s 50 years of continuous service to the boaters of the Northern Neck being celebrated this June 2024, Sea Rescue asked Ann Eichenmuller, a well-recognized author with many articles in Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Chesapeake Style and All At Sea
magazines, and numerous books on boating and sailing in publication, to write a history of Smith Point Sea Rescue. There When Needed traces Sea Rescue’s origin and growth through the lean years and the heady days of the Reedville Fishing Derbies to the recent rescue of eight mariners from the cold waters of the central Bay on April Fool’s Day 2023. A good read with 132 pages and much local color, There When Needed is available at for $16.00. We hope you enjoy the book. And please remember, SPSR is …..”there when needed.”