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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Marine Rescue answers the call to complete nearly 500 rescues across NSW in February

Volunteers at Marine Rescue’s 46 units across NSW were involved in 478 rescues in February, assisting 1,150 boaters back to shore.

Hunter/Central Coast’s Lake Macquarie unit had the highest demand, undertaking 80 rescues including numerous missions for grounded and disabled vessels. Botany Port Hacking and Port Jackson followed with 44 and 31 rescues respectively.

Marine Rescue NSW has seen an increase in demand for its service across the state with volunteers completing 52% more rescues in February 2023 than they did during the same month last year.

Marine Rescue NSW Deputy Commissioner Operations, Alex Barrell (BAR-ELLE) is asking boaters to ensure they are well prepared and to take it easy on the state’s waterways with 39% of rescues during February caused by engine failure.

“Sadly many boaters are finishing their day on the water early and at the end of a tow line behind one of our rescue vessels,” Deputy Commissioner Barrell said.

“Many of these rescues could have been avoided with some careful planning and better boat maintenance and preparation.”

6,635 boaters Logged On with Marine Rescue NSW prior to heading out on the water in February.

“It only takes a moment to protect your life,” Deputy Commissioner Barrell said.

“Boaters can Log On and Log Off via VHF Channel 16 or by using the Marine Rescue NSW app,” he said.

21,570 radio calls were answered in February with a large portion of those managed by the Marine Rescue Sydney State Communications Centre.

Mr Barrell said that boaters thinking of heading out should ensure that their vessel’s engine and battery had been recently serviced, and they are carrying enough of fuel for the journey with plenty in reserve.


Bermagui 7

Batemans Bay 6

Eden 6


Point Danger 11

Iluka Yamba 10


Forster/Tuncurry 10

Port Macquarie 6

Trail Bay 6


Lake Macquarie 80

Port Stephens 30

Central Coast 26


Botany Port Hacking 44

Port Jackson 31


Port Kembla 10

Jervis Bay 9

Above: Federal member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips MP visited the Batemans Bay base see first hand the important work that the unit does and to learn more of how they can be supported.


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