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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

2 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

It’s crucial for boaters and paddlers to be able to raise the alarm if they get into trouble. Your best bet is a registered PLB or EPIRB. Don’t rely solely on a mobile phone or hand held radio as they might not work when wet. Learn more at
#boatingsafety #preparetosurvive Boat Safe Ride Safe
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3 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Over the past ten days Volunteer Marine Rescue Burdekin has been activated in response the the search for missing man, Justin Scott.
From the late hours of Friday, February 8, until Sunday, February 16, 55 crew members have spent in excess of 500 hours on the water at Groper Creek searching for Justin.
In that time we completed almost 600 nautical miles in our Delta One and Honeycombes Rescue vessels.
With the formal search now scaling back, the thoughts of our entire squadron are with the family and friends of Justin, the people of Home Hill and the wider Burdekin community who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy.
We would also like to thank those who took to the water in their own vessels to assist with the search efforts. The weather was hot and conditions were not easy but your efforts displayed an enormous amount of community spirit. It is something that has made us, as a marine rescue service and residents of the Burdekin, very proud.
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4 days ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

MRHB Crew Training Day today. We were lucky to have Dr Kathy Townsend of University of the Sunshine Coast talk to us about some of the marine megafauna in our waters, and the impact modern society brings to the ecosystem.

While MRHB's mantra is 'Saving Lives at Sea', that doesn't extend to marine mammals as there are other organisations charged with that duty. If you're out and about and spot a marine mammal that you think needs some care, take note of the location and call 1300ANIMAL. The person on the other end will notify the appropriate authorities.

In other news today, Blue Watch and 'Rescue III' assisted two humans and two labradoodles in the Susan River after their tender's engine failed.
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