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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

8 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

This morning’s tow back from Little Woody. A 4.5m tinny with electrical problems.

We’re always happy to help.👍🏻👍🏻
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12 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Plenty of action at VMR Bundaberg on Saturday

Saturday started with a repeat of the previous week’s SAREX for new skippers. A scenario was posed, followed by track line, expanding square and creeping line search patterns. Our rescue dummy ”Bob” was located on each occasion (see AIS search patterns in the photo).

Just after 15:00 yesterday our radio operator took a call from a 14m motor vessel just south of Bargara, with both engines disabled. A crew was quickly assembled, and Bundy Rescue 2 was on scene within the hour. The disabled vessel was at anchor, but as the anchor winch had also failed it took about 45 minutes to manually winch up the anchor.

Bundy Rescue 2 had the vessel safely berthed at Bundaberg Port Marina by 18:30 after a tight squeeze onto the berthing pontoon and a 3.5 hour activation and 19nm round trip. The 2 POB were relieved to be in safely and to be able to focus on diagnosing the problems. The AIS photo shows the rescue track to the south. The bonus was the spectacular red sunset from bushfire smoke over the land and then the full moon rise.

Photos: AIS plots, Vessel at anchor, Tow underway, In channel with full moon, Red sunset.

Crew: Graham (Skipper), Tony, Rod, Eric, Peter
Radio: Elaine
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1 day ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

After completing boat checks, today’s duty crew took Rescue III for a run to the eastern side of Big and Little Woody Islands at low tide to increase understanding of the local sand banks.

This done, everyone headed time to get a call to render assistance to a jetski broken down near Dayman Park.

All in all, a great day.

(PS. Thanks to Andy for the pics taken from shore!)
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