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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

VMRAQ Service Agreement signed.

The Service Agreement between QFES and VMRAQ for the first 6 months of 2021 was signed yesterday in Brisbane in the presence of the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services (Hon. Mark Ryan).

VMRAQ had an extension of the 2020 Service Agreement to 28th February and the new agreement was signed electronically on 24th February to allow its enactment. The formal signing yesterday was by QFES Commissioner Greg Leach and VMRAQ President Graham Kingston.

The Service Agreement allows for the usual support of VMRAQ, including the 2020 negotiated additional funds of fuel for training and operating support. These inclusions along with the QFES funding of insurances has resulted in amore than doubling of financial support for squadrons in recent agreements.

Photos: VMRAQ President & QFES Commissioner sign the Service Agreement; The signed agreement with Minister Ryan.
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Volunteer Marine Rescue BundabergSundays job was a 15 metre motor sailer that was drifting in the shipping channel near the entrance to Wallace’s Creek after suffering a propeller drive train failure around 1030 hrs. The vessel with two adults and a child on board was towed back it’s mooring by Bundy Rescue 2 without further incident. Skipper was a member.
Crew Tony skipper, Glenn, Peter W, Rod S and Cam with John S and Steve C on radio.
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VMR 448 MackayMaiden Voyage for our New Ute, as part of an Inaugural Boat Racing Event for Mackay: VMR Mackay headed to Kinchant Dam, with Field Mining Services Tow Vehicle 2, hooked up to Mackay Rescue, to provide mobile platforms for Rescue Divers. The event was the maiden “voyage” for our new Tow Ute, and also the inaugural event for Tropical QLD Power Boat Club. VMR is proud to assist local boating organisations bring events to the Mackay region in both salt and fresh water, and proud to showcase our business partners and sponsors through the awesome graphics on Field Mining Services Tow Vehicle 2. Thanks to volunteers Emanuel, Don, Ian, Mervin, Peter and Daryl for the day, and thanks to the Rescue Divers Terry and Daryl (who was pulling double VMR and Dive duty). ... See MoreSee Less

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