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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

2 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

What a pearler of a day for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Feel free to stop at Marine Rescue 1 and say hi to our wonderful volunteers who are selling raffle tickets for large cash prizes! What could you do with $2,000? With other cash prizes also on offer, why not buy a book of 6 tickets for $10! Help US to help YOU on the water! ... See MoreSee Less

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Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS), Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and Marine Rescue QLD training together on the use of Stretchers, recovering people from the water and patient care at Brisbane Water Police. ... See MoreSee Less

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23 hours ago

Marine Rescue Queensland

Today is day 3 of National Volunteer Week and VMR Southport would like to acknowledge our Administration Team. Every Wednesday, a small team spend the day in the Admin office, processing membership information, collating activation information, backing up computer records, and generally sorting all of the paperwork of the Organisation into its correct place. Given the work these people do, we could not do without them, and their efforts make it very easy to find any information required. Well done team, its a big job for only a few people!!!!
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