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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

3 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

VMR busy supporting community events

We have continued our recent focus on promotional activities in the community by participation in the Bundaberg Regional Council’s Christmas Pageant of Lights on 6th December and the Bundaberg Community Safety and Emergency Services Expo on 8th December.

Our inshore vessel, Bundy Rum was decorated in Christmas livery for the pageant and manned by safety conscious elves wearing our new high viz life jackets. The elves reported a great reception from the crowd.

The display at the Expo focused on boating safety. An inflated life raft was mounted on the VMR vehicle and our rescue dummy Bob Floater was on duty near-by. The display in the marquee featured TV monitor presentations of VMR activity, relevant handouts and stickers, plus a demonstration of EPIRB tracking and members on hand to deal with enquiries.

Our thanks to Rod and his teams for organising and mounting these activities.
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3 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

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