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Assistance is available in emergency and breakdown situations.


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Welcome to Volunteer Marine Rescue QLD

Providing volunteer marine search and rescue services to the boating public across 2,700km of Queensland coast

VMRAQ has 25 affiliated Squadrons located throughout the State of Queensland, Australia and these Squadrons provide marine search and rescue services to the boating public on a volunteer basis.

Operating in tropical & sub-tropical waters, our Squadrons extend from the southern Queensland border, to the remote Gulf of Carpentaria, Thursday Island and Torres Strait region, over 2,700km to the north.

Log On/Log Off Service

Volunteer marine rescue groups also offer a voyage planning service, which allows recreational mariners to call in to a marine rescue group to record their:

  • Call sign or vessel name
  • Departure point and time
  • Intended destination
  • Trip intention
  • Number of people on board
  • Expected time of return

Help Our Volunteers Save Lives!

Our organisation relies on donations from people just like you to help us provide vital marine search and rescue services to the Australian boating community.

What To Do In an Emergency

All mariners should have a plan in case disaster strikes.

Your plan may look like this:

  • Make radio contact with the nearest volunteer marine rescue group and provide your vessel location; nature of problem; and number of people on board.
  • Ensure vessel security and crew safety.
  • Provide medical aid where necessary.
  • If able, set an anchor and have all crew don life jackets.
  • If unable to use the radio:
  • And other vessels are nearby, discharge orange flares during daylight
  • If other vessels are nearby or you are within five kilometres of land, discharge red hand-held flare every 30 minutes.
  • Discharge parachute rocket flare when completely dark – discharge another one within one minute of the first being let off.
  • If there is no response from the discharge of flares, switch on EPIRB and secure lanyard
  • Prepare vessel and crew for possible overnight wait.

Latest Marine Rescue News

VMR 448 MackayThanks to VMR training coordinator, Don Bowden, and skipper Charles Linsley, for their efforts to meet with State Emergency Service - Mackay Regional Unit to identify opportunities where we may work with each other. A very useful meeting with discussion centred on opportunities to develop closer working relationships through joint training activities in 2021. ... See MoreSee Less

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Marine Rescue Hervey BayHyne Timber Rescue headed out today to a 5m centre console broken down near Moon Point. Hervey Bay did what Hervey Bay often does: the calm waters on departure quickly changed to one metre swells as the northerly wind kicked in. ... See MoreSee Less

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Volunteer Marine Rescue SouthportAnother busy crew for our White Crew members. Our First Responder attended a medivac this morning on the ocean side of South Stradbroke Island. The patient had sustained a suspected broken leg after an unfortunate landing on their jetski. Thank you to the Stradbroke Island Adventures Ranger who assisted us with transportation of our First Responder to the scene, the transport of the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics to the scene and then the transport of the patient and everyone back to Marine Rescue 1. A big thank you also to a Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club team member who also assisted with this medivac. Teamwork really makes a difference!

Always contact Triple Zero for any emergency, be it on the road or on the water. They will be able to dispatch the best teams available to assist you.
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