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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

Marine Rescue Queensland shared VMR Whitsunday's post. ... See MoreSee Less

Activation 20/4/18: Medivac from Hammo The call came in at 3.20am from the Queensland Ambulance Service in Rockhampton. A heavily pregnant woman needed to get to Proserpine Hospital *promptly*...and no prizes for guessing what that meant. πŸ™‚ I (Geoff) arrived at 'Abell Point Marina VMR1' and met the other crew, got organised, loaded the Paramedics on board and were on our way by 3.55am. (By the way, thanks to all the volunteer crew who are adding their availability to our My Emergency Crew system....the Phone Holder got a positive response from the first three people she rang!) On the way out of the marina we noted the Starboard Lateral on the southern groin was out. The night was as the inside of a cow but thank to Mrs God and our up to date Navigation Aids we were able to make good speed. It certainly didn’t help though when we went through a very heavy shower going past Pioneer Rocks and everything got soaked, including me. No screen or deflector to duck behind. Bugger. πŸ’¦πŸŒ§ All went well after the shower although the Port Lateral at Unsafe Passage was out causing a little more confusion. Which way does the flood tide officially run through Unsafe? (East to West). We arrived at Hammo at 5.00am and everyone was ready. A quick turn round saw us on our way home in a few minutes. A delightful, smooth, uneventful trip home with the dawn slowly rising made the whole thing worthwhile. That’s why they pay us the big bucks.😁 The Fuel dock is still under repair so we dropped the passengers at the Public Wharf at 6.00am with Michel helping them up the ramp with all their gear. Luckily we didn't get an extra passenger arrive on the way! Then fuelled up and back in the pen by 6.20am. Thanks to a great crew. It makes a job easy. Crew: Michel, Ken, Andrew Skipper Geoff

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Marine Rescue Queensland shared VMR Round Hill's post. ... See MoreSee Less

Round Hill Rescue and crew departed the creek at approximately 0650hrs this morning in the search for the missing pilot and his bright Yellow tandem Gyrocopter that left Booyan Airstip (Bundaberg) at 13.45pm on Wednesday 18th April 2018 heading for Yepoon.

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Marine Rescue Queensland shared Volunteer Marine Rescue Jacobs Well's post. ... See MoreSee Less

Our rescue vessel Rotary Rescue II towing broken down 1/2 cab out of Swan Bay this morning.

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