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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

15 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Activations 17/8/18: Two members needing help - a double whammy!

Task 1:- Member broken down NW of Pine Island
I (Geoff) got the call from Cap’t Fin that a member's 4.5m Quintrex was broken down NW of Pine and close to the Long Island shore, with 3 on board. Met the crew on Abell Point Marina VMR1 and off we went in near perfect conditions ....leaving at 12.40 and pulling alongside the stricken vessel at 13.27. (Yes, exactly. I love it when Roger is on board πŸ˜†)

The Paperwork was promptly completed then off to Shute at 13.40. Whilst waiting for us to turn up they had been talking to the engine service people in Cannonvale who suggested a whole raft of things to try, none of which worked. No dramas though as it was a quick hook-up and a speedy tow. When we got near the Shute wharf (at 14.04 πŸ˜… ), we started pulling them alongside and the owner thought he would try the motor again. Of course, the damn thing started, (don’t you hate outboards) which made getting them to the ramp very easy.

We were fuelled up and back into our pen at 15.00 Thanks to a very competent crew for a perfect trip.

Crew: Bill, Terry, Roger,
Skipper: Geoff

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15 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

And here it is......Task 2:- Assist a member with a broken engine on his yacht

I (Geoff) had just got in the door from the previous Activation when Cap’t Fin called...again. 🀨 Apparently a member was returning from a weeks trip around the islands, but a dud engine meant he needed help into Muddy Bay Marina.

Met the crew and boarded Abell Point Marina VMR1, arriving alongside the yacht by 17.10. They had been able to grab a mooring next to the entrance to the Muddy Bay channel so we didn’t need to worry about anchors. Perfect! πŸ‘Œ We did not bother with a tow either because the conditions were so good...we just had them lashed alongside.

We had them into the marina at 17.25 and into their pen. Luckily, the vessel alongside their berth still had a crew on board so they helped manhandle the yacht into place, and we were back in our own pen by 17.45.

On the way home, I was muttering about cancelling my membership or at least taking myself off the Availability list. πŸ˜‹

Crew: Michel, Bill, John
Skipper: Geoff
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4 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

It was well and truly a race against the clock and tide yesterday with Delta One activated around 11am yesterday.
A vessel had run aground after being smashed into rocks and had washed up on the beach. But an outgoing tide meant the clock was ticking with the Delta One unable to return to boat ramp after 3pm with the job complete just in time.
Skipper Dave
Crew Jeff, Brendan and Aiden.
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